Friday, 8 January 2016

Wheat Kings Take Showdown Convincingly

Reid Duke had six points Friday including his team-leading
21st goal of the season.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up a convincing win in the showdown of the top two teams in the East Division Friday night, beating the Prince Albert Raiders 8-1.

  Reid Duke had a goal and five assists to lead the Wheat Kings' offence, but it was the return of Ivan Provorov and John Quenneville to the Brandon lineup that seemed to spark the Wheat Kings.

  "It did give us some energy.  Obviously, the two guys at World Junior in John Quenneville and Ivan Provorov, I thought both came back and played great games," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Those were positives for our team."

  Provorov and Tim McGauley had two goals and two assists each while Quenneville had a goal, an assist and a fight to record a 'Gordie Howe hat-trick.'

  Duke played on a line with McGauley and Quenneville, with the trio combining for four goals and 12 points.

  The victory moved the Wheat Kings a season-high four points ahead of the second-place Raiders in the standings and, just as importantly, was Brandon's first victory against Prince Albert after losing the first two head-to-head matchups.

  "The handled us pretty well before the break and every since that, a focus of ours is always winning the season series," said Duke, "With them being right behind us, I think this was a big game, a four-point game, and something good for us to get on a roll like we need to."

  Brandon looks to keep their momentum going on Saturday night when they host the Swift Current Broncos.

Chaff...Brandon scratches Friday were F Jayce Hawryluk (suspension), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Mitch Wheaton recorded an assist and was +1 in his Wheat Kings' debut while Schael Higson was pointless and -1...Jordan Papirny stopped 26 shots in the Brandon net including a penalty shot for Raiders' rookie Parker Kelly late in the first period...Brandon was 3-for-6 on the power-play and 3-for-3 on the penalty-kill...attendance was 3,919.

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