Friday, 5 February 2016

Hawryluk Hatty Nets Wheat Kings' Win

Jaeger White had his first point as a Wheat King
on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings won for the tenth time in 13 games Friday night, downing the visiting Prince George Cougars 8-3.

  Jayce Hawryluk had three goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings, picking up his third hat-trick of the season and seventh of his Western Hockey League career.

  John Quenneville added two goals and two assists in a bizarre game that saw Brandon jump out to a 4-0 first period despite being outplayed at times during the opening 20 minutes.

  The Cougars had a potential opening goal of the game waved off when it was ruled the net came off before the shot the resulted in the potential goal had been taken.

  Hawryluk opened the scoring shortly after, but it was back-to-back power-play goals in the final two minutes of the first period that also keyed the win.

  Brandon has now scored 19 power-play goals in their last 12 games.

  "We switched our power-play up a little bit but the bottom line is execution and getting pucks to the net," said Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we've done a better job of that...our guys are taking better quality shots and getting pucks to the net and I think any time you're working to get traffic at the net and the guys with the puck are making smart shots and ultimately executing on their shots, it really makes for a good power-play."

  It was a bizarre game that included another disallowed goal, a penalty shot, a combined 15 power-play chances and back-and-forth play that also included the Cougars making it 4-2 and 5-3 in the second and third periods respectively.

  "For us, it's all about consistency and it's all about playing 60 minutes.  If you want to be a great hockey club, that's what it's all about," added Quenneville, "Tonight was a great chance for us to, once the train kind of got off the tracks a little bit, to get it back on and play our best hockey."

  Nolan Patrick, Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps also scored for Brandon while Ivan Provorov chipped in with four assists.

  The win allowed the Wheat Kings to maintain their six-point lead atop the East Division, and remain four points behind front-running Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chaff...Jaeger White assisted on Brandon's first goal of the game, giving him his first point as a Wheat King...F Tim McGauley had two assists to move past Ryan Stone and into 28th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time scoring list...G Jordan Papirny made 35 saves in his 148th career game, which moved him past Robert McVicar and into 4th-place on the all-time list...Brandon scratches included D James Shearer (illness), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body) and F Garrett Armour (suspension)...attendance was 4,515, pushing the Wheat Kings over 100,00 for the season.  The club is averaging 4,111 per game through 25 home games this year.

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