Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Patrick Rollin'; Wheat Kings Aren't

Nolan Patrick is one of ten players to have a double-digit
goal-scoring streak in the last 20 years.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings play the middle game of their five-game road trip Wednesday night when they visit the Kootenay Ice (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  Brandon has lost the opening two games of this excursion, falling 3-2 in Prince Albert Sunday and 6-5 in overtime in Saskatoon on Monday.

  In fact, the Wheat Kings have lost five of their last six road games after beginning the season 17-6-1-0 away from home.

  Of note Wednesday, of course, is Brandon centre Nolan Patrick taking a ten-game goal streak into the contest against Kootenay.

  Patrick’s streak has included 16 goals, and is just the tenth double-digit goal-scoring streak in the last 20 WHL seasons.

  “If you watch on how my linemates have been playing, it’s been pretty easy for me,” said Patrick earlier this week, “Jayce (Hawryluk) has been unbelievable lately and (Tyler Coulter) has been great too.  They’re both have been playing their roles real good and it’s making it easy for me.”

  A goal Wednesday for the fourth overall pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft would make it the fourth-longest streak in the WHL in the last 20 years (going back to 1996-97).

  “I just have to get to those open areas and I know my linemates will find me,” added Patrick, who has 25 goals and 38 points in 23 games since the Christmas break, “Things are going well lately and I’m just going to try and keep it going.”

  Patrick’s streak is still short of the Wheat Kings’ club record, which is a 15-game goal-scoring streak for Brian Propp during the 1978-1979 season.

  Brandon enters play Wednesday with a seven-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division and two points behind Lethbridge for first-place in the Eastern Conference.

  The Raiders host Swift Current and the Hurricanes entertain Regina in two other games on the WHL schedule on Wednesday.

Longest Goal-Scoring Streaks in WHL (since 1996-1997)
13 - Jeremy Williams (Swift Current), November 5 - December 3, 2003
12 - Oliver Bjorkstrand (Portland), January 30 - March 6, 2015
12 - Mike Comrie (Kootenay), September 23 - October 14, 2000
11 - Emerson Etem (Medicine Hat), December 10, 2011 - January 27, 2012
*10 - Nolan Patrick (Brandon), February 2 - February 22, 2016
10 - Rourke Chartier (Kelowna), October 25 - November 15, 2014
10 - Brendan Shinnimin (Tri-City), February 10 - February 26, 2012
10 - Nigal Dawes (Kootenay), February 5 - February 23, 2005
10 - Jesse Schultz (Kelowna), September 28 - October 19, 2002
10 - Dmitri Nabokov (Regina), October 25 - November 16, 1996

Chaff...Brandon F is on an eight-game point streak (6 G, 7 A). It’s Coulter’s second long streak of the season.  He had an 11-game streak from December 5th to January 1st...Brandon F Tim McGauley (249) and Jayce Hawryluk (248) are both within striking distance of 250 career points entering Wednesday’s game...Hawryluk has 30 points (7 G, 23 A) in ten games so far this month...former Wheat Kings’ captain Ryan Pulock was not in the New York Islanders’ lineup Tuesday at Minnesota.  Isles’ coach Jack Capuano cited the fact that Pulock played back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday as his reason for postponing his debut.  That debut could now come Thursday when the Islanders visit the Calgary Flames.

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