Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Brandon Closes Odyssey with Win

Nolan Patrick scored twice in Tuesday's win
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a stretch of seven consecutive road games with a 6-2 victory in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night.

  Tim McGauley scored twice in his 250th game as a Wheat King, giving the 20-year old centre 239 career points and moving him into 29th-place on Brandon’s all-time scoring list.

  Nolan Patrick also scored twice for Brandon while Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists, giving the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2015 first round draft pick 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in 11 games since returning from the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  “He skated so well, his head is always up, he is playing fantastic.  His level of play since the World Junior is up a big step,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He’s playing the best hockey he’s played as a Wheat Kings...he’s a pleasure to watch and can really control the game back there.”

  Provorov leads the WHL with a +36 rating after being +3 on Tuesday, and his 44 points rank him fifth in defenseman scoring in the league despite playing just 41 games.

  Macoy Erkamps also scored Brandon, a shorthanded goal that was the only one of the first period.

  Erkamps slapped a rising shot from just outside his own blueline that tipped off the end of the glove of Moose Jaw goaltender Zach Sawchenko and into the Warriors’ net.

  Dryden Hunt and Noah Gregor had a goal and an assist each for Moose Jaw while Sawchenko and Brody Wilms combined for 33 saves in the Warriors’ net.

  Jordan Papirny made 35 saves in goal for Brandon in his 147th career game, tying him with Robert McVicar for fourth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

  The victory allowed Brandon to leapfrog past idle Red Deer and into second-place in the Eastern Conference standings, and also pulled the Wheat Kings to within four points of the Conference-leading Lethbridge Hurricanes.

  Brandon returns home for a pair of games this weekend, hosting the Prince George Cougars Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.

Chaff...F Stelio Mattheos returned to the Brandon lineup Tuesday after missing Sunday’s game with an upper body injury...the Wheat Kings’ scratches were F Garrett Armour (suspension), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body)...Papirny also moved past McVicar and into fourth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list for minutes played...both teams were 1-for-3 on the power-play, giving Brandon 17 power-play goals in their last 11 games...the Wheat Kings have a 13-4-0-2 regular season record at Mosaic Place since it opened in the fall of 2011...Brandon travelled over 4,200 kilometres during their seven-game road odyssey that covered seven cities and three provinces over a 13 day span.

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