Monday, 28 December 2015

Prospects Relish Time with Wheat Kings

Caiden Daley
  A pair of Brandon's 2015 Bantam Draft picks are still revelling in their Western Hockey League debuts.

  Caiden Daley and Garrett Sambrook both played in Sunday's victory over Regina, and will suit up again for Tuesday night's contest against the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  "I thought it was a pretty good game.  Both of us played good, the team played good," said Daley after Monday's practice, "The speed was pretty good, hard to handle a couple of times but caught on to the speed and the play of the game in the second and third so it was good."

  Daley, who was Brandon's first round pick, has eight goals and 18 points in 21 games with the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League this season while Sambrook has one goal and 14 points in 25 games with the MMHL's Southwest Cougars.

  Both got calls from Wheat Kings' Director of Scouting Wade Klippenstein about joining the team as affiliate players for this week.

  "I was just sitting on the couch watching TV and the phone rings," said Sambrook, "I guess it was a nice Christmas present."

  Daley and Sambrook both played all four of Brandon's pre-season games in September, but Daley admits the regular season game is a totally different animal.

  "Guys were more physical and more aggressive on Sunday, and the speed was a little bit faster," said Daley, "I adapted to it pretty quickly so it was fine."

  The experience both players will get in their 4-5 days with the Wheat Kings this week will certainly help them in their future WHL careers, but will also be great experience for them to take back to the AAA Midget level for the rest of this season.

  "Just learn to play as fast as these guys do is huge, even in practice," said Sambrook, "Just take the speed out of it and everything should fall into place."

  On the Wheat Kings' injury front, Ty Lewis is listed as day-to-day after suffering a lower body injury Sunday while Stelio Mattheos practiced in a no-contact jersey on Monday.

  Mattheos has missed the last eight games with an upper body injury.

Chaff...Wheat Kings' F John Quenneville scored the game-winning goal in Canada's 6-1 victory over Denmark Monday at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship...Brandon D Ivan Provorov had two assists in Russia's 6-4 win over Finland Monday at the WJHC...Brandon F Tyler Coulter takes an nine-game point-scoring streak (5 G, 5 A) into Tuesday's contest...Winnipeg product Jett Woo, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft, is expected to play for the Warriors Tuesday.

Brandon defenceman Ivan Provorov (#9) had two assists in Russia's
6-4 win over Finland Monday at the WJHC
(Photo by Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images)

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