Friday, 9 October 2015

Wheat Kings Pummel Ice

Wheat Kings' fans got a free breakfast again on Friday
  Reid Duke's first career WHL hat-trick paced the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 13-1 victory over the Kootenay Ice on Friday night.

  The Minnesota Wild draft pick also added a pair of assists for Brandon for a career-high five-point game while Nolan Patrick and Tanner Kaspick had a pair of goals each.

  Duke leads the Wheat Kings with eight goals in the club's first six games of the season.

  "I came in with good conditioning and I've gotten off to a good start.  Obviously, all that credit goes to the linemates I've been playing with," said Duke on CKLQ's post-game show, "Kelly (McCrimmon) has been playing us real well together.  I think with me and (Jayce Hawryluk) and (Braylon Shmyr), it's been good and it's been working for us so far."

  Duke had 20 goals and 51 points in 52 games with Brandon last season after being acquired in an early-season trade with Lethbridge, and seems to be coming into his own in his fourth season in the Western Hockey League.

  "He's a big strong man that takes the puck to the net and there's really not a lot of guys like him in our league," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "He's a pretty unique skill-set and then when you combine it with physical strength that he has and not to overlook the unbelievable hands that he's got with his shot and everything else.  He worked hard tonight, and I was real happy to see him get rewarded."

  Jayce Hawryluk added a goal and three assists for Brandon, giving the Florida Panthers' draft pick 14 points in the last three games, while Macoy Erkamps also had a goal and three assists.

  Connor Gutenberg, with his first career WHL goal, Braylon Shmyr, Stelio Mattheos and John Quenneville had the other goals for Brandon Friday while Logan Thompson got his first start of the season in net for the Wheat Kings and stopped 23 of 24 shots.

  Brandon will try to make it four straight wins when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...F Rihards Bukarts served the third and final game of his three-game suspension Friday...in addition to Bukarts, the Wheat Kings also scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Linden McCorrister (healthy), F Quintin Lisoway (healthy) and D Dominic Thom (healthy)...Brandon F Stelio Mattheos and Wheat Kings' prospect Ian Mitchell were among the 66 players named to play with Canada at next month's World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on Friday...Brandon waived F Dario Winkler on Friday to get down to the CHL limit of two import players...the last time the Wheat Kings scored 13 goals was when Peter Schaefer had three goals and three assists in a 14-2 win in Prince Albert on September 28, 1996.

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