Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Hawryluk Looks to Continue Roll vs. Ice

Jayce Hawryluk
  Wheat Kings' forward Jayce Hawryluk will look to continue his recent hot streak Wednesday night when Brandon hosts the Kootenay Ice (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Roblin, Manitoba product has 18 points (5 G, 13 A) during his current six-game point-scoring streak, and 26 points in his last 11 contests.

  Hawryluk gives a lot of credit to linemates Nolan Patrick and Tyler Coulter for his recent success.

  "We're playing well together. We're seeing each other on the ice.  We don't have one guy on our line taking a game off," said Hawryluk on Tuesday, "All three of us are showing up every game to play, willing to compete and go to the hard areas and it's working out for us."

  The recent hot streak for the Florida Panthers' second round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft has moved Hawryluk into a tie 14th-place in the WHL scoring race, while he's also gone +18 over the last 11 games and is tied for third in the league with a +33 rating overall this season.

  Hawryluk, who was Brandon's second round pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft, says he's got a pretty simple goal every night he steps on the ice.

  "I'm going to do whatever it takes to win that hockey game.  If that's laying someone out, getting in on the forecheck and getting the puck and putting the puck in the net, whatever it takes to score a goal I'm going to do," said Hawryluk, "There's really no limitations...I'm out there, I want the puck and I want to put it in the net.  That's my mindset every time I'm out there."

  Hawryluk recently became the 29th player in Wheat Kings' history to score 100 career goals, and is currently tied with Lance Monych for 31st on Brandon's all-time scoring list with 236 career points.

  While he has yet to sign an entry-level contract with the Panthers, it's a given that this will be Hawryluk's final season in the Western Hockey League.

  And he's highly motivated to make the time he has left count.

  "I'm not going to be in junior forever, obviously, so I'm just trying to cherish the moments and have some good times and hope to win a championship, that's my number one goal," said Hawryluk, "We have a long way to go still but 16 games left to go in the regular season and we want to try and come out on top so we have to have a strong finish."

  Wednesday's game against Kootenay begins a stretch of 11 games in 19 days for Brandon, only four of which will be on  home-ice.

  They enter Wednesday's contest with a six-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division standings while the Conference standings have them seven points behind first-place Lethbridge and one ahead of third-place Red Deer.

Chaff...Brandon F Nolan Patrick takes a six-game goal streak into Wednesday's game, which is tied for the longest in the WHL this season...Wheat Kings' F Reid Duke (upper body) is listed as day-to-day on the WHL Injury Report but didn't practice Tuesday, meaning it's a given he'll miss his second straight game on Wednesday...Brandon F Linden McCorrister, who's missed the last seven games with an upper body injury, skated post-practice on Tuesday...Wheat Kings' captain Macoy Erkamps will play his 326th career game Wednesday, the second-most among active WHL players...Brandon prospect Hunter Arps currently leads the Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League with a 1.59 GAA and .948 SPCT in 21 appearances with the Moose Jaw Generals...former Wheat King Jordan DePape earned the Canada West scoring title, notching 41 points (19 G, 22 A) in 28 games with the Manitoba Bisons. The Bisons host Nick Walters and the Calgary Dinos in a Best-of-Three first round playoff series this coming weekend.

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