Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wheat Kings Crush Tigers

Nolan Patrick scored twice in Saturday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and went on to a 6-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday night.

  Nolan Patrick scored twice in the opening period for Brandon, giving the second-year centre 14 goals in the last 17 games and 24 goals on the season.

  "Seems like every year that I've been playing hockey, I score more goals in the second half so I guess that's just the way it's gone," said Patrick on CKLQ's post-game show, "My linemates (Jayce Hawryluk & Tyler Coulter) have been huge lately so they've been helping me out a ton."

  Tim McGauley added a goal and two assists for Brandon while John Quenneville, Ivan Provorov and Duncan Campbell also scored for the Wheat Kings.

  Logan Thompson made 28 saves in the Brandon net, losing his bid for his first career shutout when the Tigers scored twice in the final half of the third period.

  The victory capped a pretty successful week for Brandon, who won three straight games and outscored their opponents 20-7 in the process.

  "I thought we had a good week after the losing that game in Calgary," added Patrick, "I think we had some improving to do this week and it was good that we stepped up and got those points."

  The victory was Brandon's ninth in their last ten home games and moved the Wheat Kings to within two points of first-place Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Hurricanes dropped a 2-0 decision to the Kootenay Ice in one of the other nine games in the WHL on Saturday.

  Brandon's next game is Tuesday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...D James Shearer was back in the Wheat Kings' lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game because of illness...Brandon's scratches Saturday were F Garrett Armour (suspension), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body)...a post-game scoring change meant Ivan Provorov had five assists in Friday's win over Prince George, giving the Russian import 100 career points...Jayce Hawryluk had two assists Saturday, giving him eight points (3 G, 5 A) in three games this week...Brandon F John Quenneville is now 5-0 against younger brother David, a second-year defenceman with Medicine Hat...attendance was 4,252.

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