Saturday, 5 December 2015

McGauley's Four Points Pace Wheat Kings to Win

  The Brandon Wheat Kings moved into a tie for first-place in the East Division with a 5-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

  Tim McGauley had a breakout performance for the Wheat Kings, notching two goals and two assists in his sixth game since returning from an upper body injury that sidelined him for two months.

  McGauley had three points (1 G, 2 A) in his previous five games since returning to the lineup, and said on CKLQ's post-game show that it felt good to break out.

  "I wouldn't say I'm struggling, but I haven't really been hitting my stride," said McGauley, "To have a breakout game tonight is huge for my confidence and for me in general so to get some points there is real nice."

  Reid Duke also scored twice Saturday, netting back-to-back goals in the second period before exiting the game late in the middle frame thanks to a charging major.

  The Blades scored two power-play goals on the major in the final 17 seconds of the second period to turn a 4-1 game into a one-goal affair.

  "We widened our lead and really had the game where we wanted it to be with the 4-1 lead," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "Then, of course, the game took a real turn with the major and the quick back-to-back power-play goals so.  That changed the game and then an important insurance goal in the third period by (Tim) McGauley."

  Tanner Kaspick had the other Brandon goal, his ninth of the season, with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Blades 48-21.

  Brandon's next game is Tuesday when they host the Calgary Hitmen.

Chaff...Tim McGauley, who was the Blades' first round pick in the 2010 Bantam Draft, has 33 points (17 G, 16 A) in 27 career games against Saskatoon...Brandon played without leading scorer Jayce Hawryluk, who left Friday's overtime loss against Regina with an upper body addition to Hawryluk, Brandon also scratched F Connor Gutenberg and D James Shearer...Jordan Thomson had two assists Saturday, his first two points since joining the Wheat Kings in a trade last week...Brandon went 0-for-4 on the power-play while the Blades were 2-for-4...attendance Saturday was 4,111...things are kind of tight atop the Eastern Conference after Saturday's action.  If you'll note the standings below, three points are separating the top six teams.

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