Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Wheat Kings Power Past Giants

John Quenneville had two goals and two assists Tuesday.
  Jayce Hawryluk had his second straight five point game in helping the Brandon Wheat Kings to an 8-3 victory over the Vancouver Giants on Tuesday night.

  Hawryluk had a goal and four assists for Brandon while John Quenneville added two goals and two assists in helping lead the Wheat Kings to their first home-ice win of the season.

  "It comes in spurts, I guess," said Hawryluk on CKLQ's post-game show, "The puck has just been following me around and I've been fortunate enough to be put with two good linemates every game I've played.  The puck is going in, and it's nice."

  Reid Duke also scored twice for Brandon while Nolan Patrick and Ivan Provorov added a goal and two assists each.

  Brandon jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period, and then allowed Vancouver to tie the contest by giving up their first two 5-on-5 goals against this season.

  However, Quenneville's 5-on-3 power-play goal with six seconds left in the opening frame put the Wheat Kings back in front for good, and it was a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the night.

  "Big goal for us, obviously, and to restore the lead going into the intermission was important," said Brandon assistant coach David Anning, "It allowed us to re-focus and still have a lead and really buy into shutting it down on the defensive side."

  With Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon away attending league meetings, Anning was the coach of record Tuesday and picked up his first WHL coaching victory.

  Braylon Shmyr had the Wheat Kings' other goal while Jordan Papirny made 27 saves in the Brandon net.

  The Wheat Kings will continue their home stand Friday, when they host the Kootenay Ice.

Chaff...Wheat Kings' F Rihards Bukarts sat out the second game of his three-game suspension...Brandon also scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Quintin Lisoway, F Dario Winkler, F Connor Gutenberg and D Mark Tarashuk...F Garrett Armour made his Brandon debut Tuesday and was involved in a first period fight with Vancouver's Dakota Odgers...12 former Wheat Kings will start the season in the National Hockey League in Ryan Pulock (NY Islanders), Ryan Reaves (St. Louis), Travis Hamonic (NY Islanders), Brayden Schenn (Philadelphia), Matt Calvert (Columbus), Eric Fehr (Pittsburgh), Jason Chimera (Washington), Rob Klinkhammer (Edmonton), Dustin Byfuglien (Winnipeg), Michael Ferland (Calgary), Mark Stone (Ottawa) and Jordin Tootoo (New Jersey)...attendance Tuesday was 3,703.

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