Sunday, 6 March 2016

Brandon Back on top of Conference

Ivan Provorov
  The Brandon Wheat Kings are alone atop the WHL’s Eastern Conference standings.

  Jayce Hawryluk had two goals and two assists as the Wheat Kings downed the Moose Jaw Warriors 7-2 Saturday night, moving Brandon two points ahead of Lethbridge in the Conference standings.

  The Hurricanes fell 3-2 in Prince Albert Saturday, leaving both teams with six games left in the regular season.

  “Tonight, we put ourselves in a good position by winning and they didn’t win in Prince Albert tonight.  It puts us two points clear, even games played,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Now we need to answer the bell (Sunday) in Regina in what’s going to be a real tough game against a real good team.”

  Stelio Mattheos and John Quenneville scored in the first period for Brandon, giving the Wheat Kings a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes.

  The teams traded goals in the second period, with Ivan Provorov scoring twice for Brandon in the middle frame.

  Those two goals were the all-important ‘next goal’, with each coming after Moose Jaw had scored to make the contest a one-goal game.

  “Those were really good plays, and I think that’s what differentiated it from (Friday’s) game a little bit,” said McCrimmon, “We were up 2-0, they did come back in the second and they did score twice, but we also did so we still had the same margin in the second intermission.”

  Quenneville also had a pair of assists in the contest while Nolan Patrick had three helpers.

  Brandon’s other goal come from Mark Matsuba, who scored for the first time since his WHL debut on October 3, 2014, breaking a goalless drought of 79 games.

  The Wheat Kings close out their 3-in-3 weekend Sunday by visiting the Regina Pats (3:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Tyler Coulter had an assist in the game to extend his point-scoring streak to 14 games, 3rd-longest in the WHL this season...Hawryluk’s four-point effort moved him past Brayden Schenn and into 23rd-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time scoring list...Tim McGauley played his 265th career game Saturday, moving him past Marty Murray and into 18th-place all-time...Brandon D Jordan Thomson played his 200th career WHL game Saturday...Wheat Kings’ scratches Saturday were F Jaeger White (upper body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body) and F Connor Gutenberg (lower body)...Brandon was 2-for-4 on the power-play Saturday, giving them 32 power-play goals in their last 23 games (32-for-108, 29.6%).

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