Sunday, 1 November 2015

Wheat Kings Close Trip with Win

Logan Thompson stopped 25 shots Sunday in making
his third straight start for Brandon.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings are headed home with a share of first-place in the Western Hockey League standings.

  Jayce Hawryluk and Nolan Patrick had a goal and an assist each as the Wheat Kings downed the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-2 Sunday night.

  “I give our guys a lot of credit,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “They definitely hit a wall tonight and really dug in, particular in the third period, to get a big win.”

  John Quenneville scored in the game’s opening minute to give Brandon a 1-0 lead, a lead that held up until Brayden Point’s power-play goal with 2:31 left in the second period.

  Jayce Hawryluk’s 10th of the season gave the Wheat Kings a 2-1 lead 2:45 into the third period with Patrick adding what proved to be the game-winning goal at 12:58 of the third.

  The Warriors got to within one on a controversial goal from Dryden Hunt with 4:38 left in regulation.

  Hunt’s sharp-angle shot from the right-wing corner looked to be stopped by Brandon netminder Logan Thompson, with the referee’s whistle the being blown.

  The goal light went on after the whistle and after the four officials conferred and a discussion with the goal judge, a goal was counted.

  Video replays were inconclusive on whether the puck ever crossed the goal line but the play was never subjected to video review.

  Thompson finished with 25 saves in his third straight start in the Brandon net while Zach Sawchenko stopped 28 shots for Moose Jaw.

  The Wheat Kings went 6-and-2 on their eight-game, 16-day road trip and are tied with the Prince Albert Raiders for first-place in the East Division, Eastern Conference and overall WHL standings.

  “It’s usually right around the quarter-pole when you get home from this trip, and it gives you a pretty good idea of what your strengths are, what your weaknesses are, where you need to get better,” said McCrimmon, “We’re encouraged that we’ve kept ourselves in the race for first-place.”

  Brandon’s first post-trip home game is Friday when they host the Victoria Royals (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Quenneville left the game late in the second period Sunday after it appeared he got hit in the face or throat area with the puck...Brandon scratched F Braylon Shmyr (illness) for the second straight game while F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body) and F Stelio Mattheos (U17) were Brandon’s other scratches...Mattheos had a goal in Canada-Black’s 5-3 loss to Canada-White in their opening game at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Sunday.  Wheat Kings’ prospect Ian Mitchell had a goal for Canada-White and Brandon prospect Jarrod Gourley had an assist for Canada-White...Mitchell is an alternate captain for Canada-White...Brandon prospect Sean Comrie had a goal in Alberta’s 3-0 win over Manitoba Sunday in the gold medal game of the Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup.  Wheat Kings’ prospects Caiden Daley and Rylan Bettens both played for Manitoba...former Wheat King Quintin Lisoway had a goal and an assist to help Acadie-Bathurst to a 7-2 win over Moncton Saturday in QMJHL action. It was Lisoway’s second game with the Titan.

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