Friday, 16 October 2015

Wheat Kings Finally Break Bow, Broncos

Macoy Erkamps wore the 'C' for the first time Friday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a four-game home stand with a 5-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

  The Wheat Kings put 55 shots on Broncos' netminder Landon Bow, including 40 through the first 40 minutes, but needed early third period goals from Jayce Hawryluk and Reid Duke to turn a 2-1 game into a 4-1 lead.

  The Broncos were able to get back to within one before a Tanner Kaspick empty-net goal salted away the Brandon victory.

  "We played pretty well.  Maybe not as good in the third period, for me, based on the chances that they had in the third but we didn't give a lot up in the first two periods," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Sure like to see us score more for the chances that we generate, and I thought we had some good chances...all-in-all, a real important two points for us."

  Rookie Connor Gutenberg gave Brandon a 2-1 lead with his second goal of the season 2:45 early in the second period and the Wheat Kings led from that point on to register their fourth win in the last five games.

  Gutenberg's goal came on a rebound from a Linden McCorrister shot from the right-wing, with McCorrister picking up his first career WHL point with the assist on the goal.

  "I think we complement each other pretty good.  McCorrister isn't afraid to get in and lay the body and that helps a lot," said Gutenberg on CKLQ's post-game show, "All three of us are good passers and we just find each other."

Connor Gutenberg had one of Brandon's goals Friday.
  Macoy Erkamps had a goal and an assist and finished plus-four in his first game wearing the 'C' for Brandon while his defence partner, Ivan Provorov, added two assists and also finished plus-four.

  Brandon will open an eight-game road trip by visiting the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night (8:05 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...the Wheat Kings announced Friday afternoon that D James Shearer, 18, would be joining the team though he was not in the lineup on Friday...Brandon also scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Dominic Thom (healthy) and F Garrett Armour (healthy)...Quintin Lisoway scored the game-winning goal in Steinbach 3-1 victory over Winkler in MJHL action on Friday...online voting for the selection of the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time is now open at http://top50.whl.ca/whl/top50/home

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