Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Dramatic Finish in Wheat Kings' Win

Linden McCorrister scored his first career
WHL goal Wednesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings used a pair of late third period goals to pull out a 6-5 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday night.

  John Quenneville scored the game-tying goal with 1:18 left in the third period and Nolan Patrick scored the game-winning goal with 20 seconds left in regulation as Brandon collected their league-leading 11th road win of the season.

  “After you score the tying goal, it can be an emotional high and it sometimes it takes away from how you’re playing,” said Brandon interim head coach David Anning on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I thought we responded very well, got back to work and kept playing the right way.”

  The winning goal was Patrick’s second of the game and he also assisted on Quenneville’s game-tying goal while Tim McGauley also scored twice for Brandon and Linden McCorrister notched his first career Western Hockey League goal.

  It was a good end result for a Wheat Kings’ team that outshot Moose Jaw 55-27 including a 20-6 margin in the third period.

  “We put some shifts together and we didn’t change anything, which was encouraging,” added Anning, “I thought that we did exactly what we’d been talking about, which was trying to play a heavy game in the offensive zone, deliver a lot of pucks and look for second chances at the net.”

  Jordan Papirny stopped five of six shots in the third period in relief of Brandon starter Logan Thompson, who wasn’t on the bench for the final 20 minutes as he reportedly was dealing with an injury.

  The victory moved the Wheat Kings into a tie with idle Prince Albert for first-place in the East Division.

  Brandon will be back at home for a pair of games this weekend, hosting Lethbridge on Friday and Kelowna on Saturday.

Chaff...F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body) sat out his third straight game Wednesday but is headed to Ontario Thursday for the Canadian Junior Team’s Selection Camp, as is John Quenneville...Brandon D Ivan Provorov also leaves Thursday for the Russian Junior team camp in Moscow...D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) were Brandon’s other scratches Wednesday...four-year defenceman Colton Waltz returned to Brandon’s lineup Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday’s game with a lower body injury...Saturday’s game against Kelowna is the Wheat Kings’ annual Teddy Bear Toss game...former Wheat King Rihards Bukarts had a hat-trick in Portland's 7-5 win over Everett on Wednesday.

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