Friday, 20 November 2015

Wheat Kings Dump Pats

Tim McGauley returned to the lineup Friday after
missing 21 games with an injury.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a five-game home stand Friday night by beating the visiting Regina Pats 2-1.

  Jayce Hawryluk and Stelio Mattheos had the goals for the Wheat Kings, with Mattheos' marker 5:24 into the second period proving to be the first game-winning goal of his Western Hockey League career.

  "It was a big faceoff win by Tanner Kaspick," said Mattheos on CKLQ's post-game show, "I saw the puck come back and I just pushed it to the middle, took a shot and, luckily, it went in."

  The game was a lot tighter on the scoreboard than it was in reality, thanks to the play of Regina goaltender Tyler Brown.

  The Winnipeg product was peppered by a 53 shots by the Wheat Kings.

  "I thought we could have won by a few goals.  We really we forced to do things well in the third period because it was a one-goal game and had to have some real good defensive efforts to get the win here tonight," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmonm, "I thought our team was pretty solid tonight from start to finish."

  One of those third period defensive efforts was a four-minute penalty-kill in the second half of the third period, during which the club did not allow a shot on goal.

  The win moved the Wheat Kings to within one point of idle Prince Albert for top spot in the East Division.

  Brandon is idle until Friday when they open a two-game Alberta road trip in Lethbridge.

Chaff...Tim McGauley returned to Brandon's lineup after a 21-game absence due to an upper body injury and had a solid game despite being held pointless...McGauley's return forced the Wheat Kings to scratch F Luke Harrison as the extra 20-year old while D Mark Taraschuk (healthy), F Linden McCorrister (healthy) and F Braylon Shmyr (upper body) were also out for Brandon...the Wheat Kings' were 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill Friday and are now 19-for-21 (90.5%) in their last seven games...with 61 goals against in 23 games, the Wheat Kings are on pace to allow 191 goals this season, which would be the third time in team history they'd allow fewer than 200...approximately $3,400 was raised at Friday's game for the Braden Pettinger fund through a chuck-a-puck promotion and donation while the auction for Nolan Patrick's Team WHL jersey, bought by Kevin Martin of Branstone Financial Strategies, raised an additional $5,500.

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