Saturday, 23 January 2016

Duke Hatty leads Wheat Kings past Blades

Reid Duke
  Reid Duke collected his second hat-trick of the season to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 6-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

  Jayce Hawryluk added a pair of goals for Brandon as the Wheat Kings won for the sixth time in seven games, and improved their league-leading road record to 15-6-1-0.

  The Blades opened the scoring on Cameron Hebig’s 21st of the season 6:20 into the first period, but Duke responded 35 seconds later to pull Brandon back to even ground.

  The Wheat Kings then scored the next three goals, with Hawryluk giving Brandon a 2-1 lead midway through the first and Duke and John Quenneville scoring in the opening 3 ½ minutes of the second period.

  Duke completed his hat-trick with a 5-on-3 power-play goal 28 seconds into the third period, giving the Minnesota Wild draft pick a team-high 25 goals on the season.

  “He was good, their line was good.  Tim McGauley was good as was John Quenneville, and they should be good.  That’s three high-end players that all have good size, real good skill and look to be developing some chemistry here as we move along,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “That’s a hard line to handle when they have their feet moving and keep the game simple.”

  Quenneville finished with a goal and two assists while McGauley had one assist in the contest, giving the former Blades’ prospect 34 points in 28 career games against Saskatoon.

  Brandon scored a pair of power-play goals for the second straight night, giving the club ten power-play goals in their last six games.

  “Structure has been better and, with that, I don’t think anyone has been handcuffed,” said McCrimmon, “I think we still have the ability to make a lot of plays but we’ve been a little more rigid in terms of the set plays that we’re looking at, and just a little more disciplined in terms of having structure positionally on the power-play.” 

  Macoy Erkamps had three assists for Brandon while Ivan Provorov had a pair of helpers.

  Logan Thompson stopped 18 shots in his first start in the Wheat Kings’ net since December 29th.

  Brandon will conclude their 3-in-3 Saskatchewan road trip Sunday when they visit the Regina Pats (3:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...the Wheat Kings have now won ten straight games in Saskatoon, with their last loss at the SaskTel Centre coming on March 1, 2013...Brandon scratches Saturday were D James Shearer (healthy), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Stelio Mattheos (upper body) and F Connor Gutenberg (lower body)... Brandon F Nolan Patrick saw his six-game point streak come to an end Saturday...the Lethbridge Hurricanes held Bryce Salvador night ahead of their home game Saturday against Moose Jaw.  Salvador, a Brandon product, played five seasons with the Hurricanes from 1992 to 1997...Brandon product Turk Broda was inducted into the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Legends Row on Saturday.

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