Sunday, 13 December 2015

Locals Lead Wheat Kings to Win

Tyler Coulter is interviewed by SHAW shortly after
scoring the 'Teddy Bear' goal on Saturday.
  A night after pool special teams contributed greatly to a loss, special team have key a Brandon Wheat Kings' victory Saturday night.

  Brandon scored twice on the power-play and were 6-for-6 on the penalty-kill in a 5-1 victory over the league-leading Kelowna Rockets.

  Five different players scored for Brandon including Tyler Coulter, who got the 'Teddy Bear' goal 7:30 into the first period.

  "I thought our mindset and the way we focused and prepared for the game showed through in the first period.  I thought we had a good start, and I thought we got back to the way we wanted to play," said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought we did a good job managing the puck, I thought we were able to play in the offensive zone for long stretches.  It was a real good response by our group."

  Tanner Kaspick, Garrett Armour, Connor Gutenberg and Ty Lewis scored the other Brandon goals, with all five coming before the midway mark of the second period.

  Saturday's contest was a rematch of last spring's WHL Championship Series, and Kaspick said on CKLQ's post-game show that that was a motivating factor for their group.

  "It was (talked about) quite a bit in the dressing room.  You develop quite a rivalry in a series like that last year," said Kaspick, "Not a lot like for the other team there, and I thought you saw that boil over in the third period there.  Our team did a really good job of coming out and just staying the course."

  Jordan Papirny made that healthy lead hold up, stopping 35 shots in the Wheat Kings' net and losing his shutout bid on a shorthanded goal by Kelowna defenceman Lucas Johansen with just over eight minutes in the third period.

  The victory coupled with Prince Albert's 5-2 home-ice loss to Kamloops Saturday night moved Brandon into sole possession of first-place in the Western Hockey League's East Division.

  It's the first time this season the Wheat Kings have been alone atop the Division.

Chaff...Four of the five goals scored Saturday came from graduates of the AAA Midget Wheat Kings...Armour's goal was his first as a member of the Wheat Kings...Brandon scratches were F Stelio Mattheos (upper body), G Logan Thompson (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (Cdn Jr. Team), F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team) and D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team)...attendance was 4,785...the Wheat Kings final home game before Christmas is Wednesday against Kamloops.  It's the first half rain-check game.

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