Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Wheat Kings Win Wild One over Warriors

Braylon Shmyr collected his first career hat-trick
in Tuesday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up a wild 6-5 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Tuesday night.

  Tim McGauley's goal midway through the third period snapped a 5-5 tie in a game that saw the lead change hands four times, and neither club ever lead by more than a single goal.

  Braylon Shmyr collected his first career hat-trick for Brandon while Tyler Coulter and Nolan Patrick also scored for the Wheat Kings, who are 18-0-0-2 in their last 20 regular season meetings against Moose Jaw.

  The already short-staffed Wheat Kings saw their lineup get even thinner when Jayce Hawryluk was assessed a charging major and game misconduct midway through the first period, forcing the club to play the rest of the night with ten forwards.

  "Our forward group did a good job in compensating, being short-staffed up front," said Brandon assistant coach David Anning, "We had guys step up...obviously, Braylon Shmyr with a big night and I thought he worked hard and got to open ice.  I also thought he did a good job tracking pucks and creating turnovers.  I thought Tim McGauley was good for us, he was responsible.  That line was buzzing when we put Gutenberg up there, and they generated some good chances."

  "Once we're short like that, guys have to step up and guys that do step up have to play even better," added Shmyr on CKLQ's post-game show, "To gain some chemistry that fast, it was pretty good."

  Shmyr now has five goals and ten points in the last eight contests, and the third-year forward also sits second on the Wheat Kings with a +19 rating on the season.

  All three of Shmyr's goals on Tuesday came from an area in and around the front of the Moose Jaw net.

  "You have to get in the dirty areas to get rewarded like that," said Shmyr, "All it comes down to is hard work and getting down and dirty in those areas."

  The victory allowed Brandon to increase their lead atop the East Division to three points over second-place Prince Albert.

  The Raiders dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to Swift Current on Tuesday.

Chaff...Hawryluk's hit on fellow Roblin product Josh Brook will automatically be reviewed by the WHL office for a possible suspension...Brook left the game after the hit with what appeared to be a right shoulder injury...Coulter's shorthanded goal in the first period extended his point-scoring streak to ten games...Caiden Daley, Brandon's first round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft, assisted on one of Shmyr's second period goals to record his first career WHL point...F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) missed his ninth straight game Tuesday but did take part in the club's skate earlier in the day and could return this weekend...Brandon's other scratches included F Ty Lewis (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team) and F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team)...Quenneville was pointless in Canada's 3-2 shootout victory over Switzerland Tuesday at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship.  He saw very limited action in the second half of that game...Provorov had an assist in Russia's 4-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday and now has three points, all assists, in three games at the WJHC...former Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville was called up to the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters from the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday.

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