Sunday, 13 March 2016

Wheat Kings Keep Rollin'

Nolan Patrick (left) and Jayce Hawryluk both reached the
100 point mark for the season in Saturday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings scored five goals in the opening seven minutes and 21 seconds and went on to an 8-1 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

  Stelio Mattheos had two goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings while Ivan Provorov also had a pair of goals for Brandon.

  The game was over quickly, with the Wheat Kings scoring on five of their first nine shots on Saskatoon starting netminder Evan Smith.

  "The start to the game was our best hockey of the night," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "As it turned out, it was over early based on how our guys found the back of the net as often as they did."

  Nolan Patrick and Jayce Hawryluk added a goal and two assists each for Brandon, allowing both players to hit the 100-point mark for the season.

  "Great accomplishment for both guys, and nice that it could happen on the same night," said McCrimmon, "Both have had a hand in each other's success here in the second half of the season."

  Patrick is the first 17-year old to score 100 points in a season since Brian Propp and Ray Allison both turned the trick during the 1976-77 season, while the duo are the first Brandon teammates to reach 100-plus points in the same year since Mike LeClerc and Peter Schaefer in 1995-96.

  Mattheos, the first overall pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft, now has four goals and eight points this month and upped his season totals to ten goals and 25 pointsin 47 games.

  "I've been feeling a lot more confident lately," said Mattheos after Saturday's contest, "John Quenneville and my linemate Tim McGauley have really done a great job in taking me under their wing and almost being like big brothers to be...it's really helped me a lot."

  The victory was Brandon's sixth in a row and, coupled with Lethbridge's 6-1 loss in Red Deer Saturday, moved the Wheat Kings four points ahead of the second-place Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Wheat Kings next game is Tuesday when they host the Swift Current Broncos (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon F Tyler Coulter had two assists to extend his point streak to 17 games, but left in the contest late in the second period with a lower body injury after being hipchecked into the boards by former teammate Colton Waltz...F Tim McGauley took warmup but was a late scratch for Brandon due to a lower body injury...other scratches for Brandon were F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Jaeger White (upper body), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body)...the club announced that White would miss the rest of the season after underoing surgery last week to repair a broken collarbone...attendance Saturday was 4,912.

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