Tuesday, 17 November 2015

McGauley Inching Closer to Return

Tim McGauley practiced without restrictions on Tuesday.
  He likely won't be back for Wednesday's contest against Medicine Hat, but Tim McGauley is getting closer to returning to the Brandon Wheat Kings' lineup.

  McGauley took contact in practice on Tuesday for the first time since suffering an upper body injury in Brandon's opening game of the regular season on September 25th.

  "Timmy would be day-to-day," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon after Tuesday's session, "As you see here, he's fully participating in practice and he's close."

  The 20-year old McGauley finished third in the Western Hockey League in scoring last season with 105 points and here's no doubt his return would be a shot in the arm for the Wheat Kings' offence.

  "It's getting a lot better, a lot stronger so we're just taking it step-by-step here," offered McGauley, "First things first, make sure the mobility is there, make sure it's strong before you go on the ice. Now I'm taking a little contact here so it's getting close and it's getting a lot, lot better."

  McGauley has skated after practice (and at other times) with Wheat Kings' assistant coach Darren Ritchie, so his conditioning may not be much of a factor when he's physically ready to return to the lineup.

  "It's definitely nice to be day-to-day instead of week-to-week, where I was before," added McGauley, "When I first got hurt and heard the timeline, I was thinking ti would be a rough go for me.  I've tried to keep positive and work on the lower half of my body and my legs."

  Brandon's other injured player, F Braylon Shmyr, skated at the end of practice Tuesday and is also listed as day-to-day.

  Meanwhile, McCrimmon said Tuesday that 17-year old forward Tak Anholt has left the Wheat Kings and returned home for personal reasons.

  That reduces Brandon's roster to 24 players -- 15 forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders.

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