Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Hawryluk Handful for Blades to Handle

  Jayce Hawryluk opened March the same way he closed out February -- on a hot streak.

  Hawryluk had five goals and an assist as the Wheat Kings routed the Saskatoon Blades 12-2 on Wednesday night, giving Brandon their 40th win of the season.

  The Roblin, Manitoba product was named the WHL Player of the Month for February earlier this week after scoring 33 points in 13 games last month, and took it up a notch higher by becoming the first Wheat Kings in more than 20 years to score five goals in a game.

  "He just continued doing what he's been doing," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Good chemistry on the ice with his linemates...more of the same for Jayce, which was really encouraging that he would pick up right where he left off in February."

John Quenneville
  John Quenneville added two goals and two assists for Brandon while Hawryluk's linemates also had good nights with Nolan Patrick having a goal and four assists and Tyler Coulter extending his point-scoring streak to 12 games with a goal and two assists.

  "It's March, and it's getting ready for playoff time.  It's time to buckle down and play the game we need to play that's going to make us successful in the playoffs," said Quenneville, "I think it's more of a mindset than anything, and we're starting to get prepared for that."

  Ivan Provorov, Macoy Erkamps and Tanner Kaspick had the other goals for the Wheat Kings, who outshot the Blades 50-27.

  The victory allowed Brandon to remain tied with Lethbridge for first-place in the Eastern Conference, with both teams having eight games left in the regular season.

  The Wheat Kings are also now ten points ahead of second-place Prince Albert in the East Division standings, with the Raiders holding a game in hand.

Chaff...Saskatoon's third period power-play goal ended Brandon's streak of successful penalty-kills at 26 straight...Brandon F Jaeger White left the game late in the second period with an upper body injury and did not return...the Wheat Kings' scratches were F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body) and F/D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Reid Duke was stopped by Blades' netminder Evan Smith on a third period penalty shot...Brandon-based referee Patrick Gagnon officiated his final game on Wednesday.

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