Monday, 8 February 2016

Provorov Riding Hot Streak for Brandon

Ivan Provorov was named the WHL Player of the Week
on Monday
 Ivan Provorov has been one of the hottest members of the Brandon Wheat Kings since his return from the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  The Russian blueliner has five goals and 22 points in the last 13 games, and was named the WHL's Player of the Week on Monday after scoring nine points (2 G, 7 A) in three games last week while also registering a +6 rating.

  "I think I've been playing the same way...probably a little better after World Juniors just by playing at the higher level and bringing my game from there," said Provorov on Monday, "Trying to dominate there and then bringing my game from there here.  I think we're also playing better as a team so that helps too."

  Provorov's production has been a key in the Wheat Kings' surge over the last five weeks, with the club having won 11 of their last 14 contests including 10 of 13 with Provorov in the lineup.

  Some of the point production has been due to Brandon's success on the power-play, which has scored 20 times in the last 13 games and clicked at a 29.0% success rate (20-for-69).

  "We have good players on the power-play and we're just trying to move the puck and get shots and get the players running around on the other team," said Provorov, who has 111 points and is +75 in 103 career games, "If we have seams, or plays, we make plays."

  Provorov leads the WHL with a +39 rating this season and has 50 points in 43 games, good for third among defencemen in scoring.

  The Philadelphia Flyers' first round pick in 2015 was runner-up for the WHL Defenceman of the Year award last season and should not only receive strong consideration for that award this year, but should also be a contender for the WHL Player of the Year award.

  Provorov and the Wheat Kings look for their fourth straight win Tuesday night when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Brandon enters the game with an eight-point lead over the second-place Raiders in the East Division standings.

  A victory Tuesday would also move the Wheat Kings into a tie with idle Lethbridge for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.

Tanner Kaspick
Chaff...Provorov is the first WHL Player of the Week from the Wheat Kings this season...F Tanner Kaspick practiced in a no-contact jersey on Monday.  Kaspick has missed the last 18 games with an upper body injury...Brandon F Garrett Armour is eligible to return from his four-game suspension for Tuesday's game...Jayce Hawryluk (98) and Tim McGauley (97) are both within striking distance of 100 career games entering Tuesday's game.  28 previous players have scored 100 or more goals in their Wheat Kings' careers...Tuesday's game is another 2 For Tuesday, meaning all tickets are 2-for-1, beer is $2.99, pop, hot dogs and popcorn are all only $2...Brandon is averaging 4,117 fans per game through 25 home games.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Provorov has 111 points in regular season WHL play as of his 103rd game.