Sunday, 4 October 2015

Wheat Kings' Power-Play Busts Out in Big Way

Jayce Hawryluk had a big night Saturday in Regina.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings’ power-play busted out in a big way Saturday night, thanks in large part to Jayce Hawryluk.

  The club scored four power-play goals en route to a 6-0 victory over the Regina Pats, with Hawryluk scoring four goals and adding an assist on the night.

  Three of Hawryluk’s goals came on the power-play, with the Florida Panthers’ draft pick scoring a first period natural hat-trick before tying his career high with a fourth goal early in the second period.

  “He was really good based how competitive he was at the net, based on how he found pucks and obviously a four-goal night,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Just was on the puck the whole night.”

  Reid Duke and  John Quenneville also scored for Brandon, with Quenneville adding two assists for a three-point night.

  The Wheat Kings entered the game having gone 0-for-18 with the man advantage in the first three games of the regular season.

  “I wasn’t concerned about our power-play after the opening weekend because we still had people coming back to our lineup,” said McCrimmon, “I was sure disappointed after our game against Calgary so it was real good to break through the way that we did.”

  Nolan Patrick added three assists for Brandon while Macoy Erkamps, Kale Clague and Ivan Provorov all added a pair of assists each.

  Jordan Papirny made 16 saves for his seventh career shutout, tying him with Byron Penstock for fifth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

  Brandon is back in action Tuesday when they start a four-game home stand by hosting the Vancouver Giants (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...as expected, the WHL suspended Brandon F Rihards Bukarts for the checking-from-behind major he got in Friday’s loss to Calgary.  The length of the suspension has yet to be determined...with Bukarts suspended, the Wheat Kings were only allowed to dress two 20-year old players (Erkamps and Colton Waltz)...in addition to Bukarts, Brandon also scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Garrett Armour (healthy), F Linden McCorrister (healthy), D Dominic Thom (healthy) and F Quintin Lisoway (healthy)...Saturday’s game was the 32nd time the Wheat Kings and Pats had met since September of 2013 (pre-season, regular season and playoffs).  Brandon is 24-7-1 in those games...the Pats were without GM/Head Coach John Paddock on Saturday as the Oak River, Manitoba product was in Winnipeg being inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

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