Friday, 11 March 2016

Wheat Kings Win Fifth Straight

Nolan Patrick had three points in Branodn's win in
Saskatoon on Friday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings pushed their winning streak to five games Friday night with a 5-1 victory in Saskatoon.

  Jayce Hawryluk had two goals and an assist for Brandon while Nolan Patick and Macoy Erkamps had a goal and two assists each.

  Hawryluk’s first goal was a shorthanded effort with 1.8 seconds left in the second period that gave Brandon a 3-1 lead – the club’s second two-goal lead of the night.

  “We don’t have another guy on our team that would have had the mindset that he wanted to get a shot on goal, with it being that late in the period,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Yet, those guys that score like Jayce does, they’re looking to get pucks on goal.”

  John Quenneville had the other goal for the Wheat Kings while Ivan Provorov had a pair of assists.

  Erkamps and Provorov now have 68 and 67 points respectively, making them the highest scoring defence pair in the Western Hockey League.

  “Those guys are tremendous puck handlers,” said McCrimmon, ”We often talk about forward lines having good chemistry or synergy, I sure think Provorov is a good partner for Erkamps, and Erkamps is a good partner for Provorov...they’ve had a tremendous season.”

  Nick Zajac scored the line goal for Saskatoon, who were officially eliminated from the WHL playoff race with the loss.

  Jordan Papirny made 29 saves in the Brandon net while Brock Hamm stopped 43 shots for Saskatoon.

  The victory allowed the Wheat Kings to stay two points ahead of second-place Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Hurricanes picked up a 6-1 home-ice win over Red Deer on Friday night.

  The game was Brandon last road contest of the year, with the club finishing with a 23-10-3-0 road record – second-best in the WHL.

  The Wheat Kings will host the Blades on Saturday night to complete the home-and-home series (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Tyler Coulter assisted on Patrick’s first period power-play goal to run his point-scoring streak to 16 games, second-longest in the WHL this season...Hawryluk, who is on a five-game goal streak, moved past Ryan Craig and into 22nd-place on the Wheat King’ all-time scoring list with his three-point effort on Friday...Brandon was 3-for-7 on the power-play and 7-for-7 on the penalty-kill...the Wheat Kings’ scratches were F Jaeger White (upper body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body) and F Ty Lewis (upper body)...Friday’s game was the 159th for Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny, moving him past Bryon Penstock and into 3rd-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

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