Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Duke Helps Wheat Kings Extend Lead

Reid Duke has a team-leading 18 goals
after Wednesday's effort.
  Reid Duke had two goals and an assist to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 5-3 victory over the Kamloops Blazers on Wednesday night.

  Ty Lewis and Nolan Patrick added a goal and an assist each for Brandon while Braylon Shmyr notched the game-winning goal.

  Duke's team-leading 18th goal of the season tied the game 3-3 in the second period and came under two minutes after Kamloops had taken the lead and just after the marketing timeout.

  "Those are key situations.  I thought we came out of the break re-focused.  I don't think we allowed those goals to get to us," said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought our mentality and our approach was exactly what we had talked about and I think that we understood that if we kept playing the right way and chipped away, it would come.  Nice to be rewarded when you're playing the right way."

  The victory moved Brandon four points ahead of second-place Prince Albert in the WHL's East Division, and leaves the Wheat Kings just one point out of top spot in the Eastern Conference.

  "Everybody knows that we didn't exactly have the start that we wanted to to the season but, compared to last season, I think our team game is much better," said Duke, "You can win as many games as you want in the regular season but playoffs is a new year and I think we kind of learned that after losing out last season."

  Brandon will conclude their pre-Christmas schedule this weekend with a pair of road games, visiting Swift Current Friday and Prince Albert on Saturday.

Chaff...Patrick now has a 10-game point streak (3 G, 12 A), the longest active streak in the WHL and tied for the second longest in the league this season...Brandon F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) missed his fifth straight game Wednesday while the other Brandon scratches were G Logan Thompson (upper body), F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team), F Jayce Hawryluk (Cdn Jr. Team) and D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team)...Brandon goaltender Jordan Papirny stopped 19 shots in his 131st career game, tying him with Jamie Hodson for 5th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list...Brandon was 0-for-1 on the power-play and 1-for-2 on the penalty-kill...attendance was 4,344 Wednesday, giving the Wheat Kings 74,159 through 18 home dates (an average of 4,120).

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