Sunday, 10 April 2016

Big Second Propels Wheat Kings to Win

Duncan Campbell
  The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their playoff winning streak to six games Saturday night with a 5-2 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  Duncan Campbell, Tanner Kaspick and Ivan Provorov had a goal and an assist each for the Wheat Kings as they grabbed a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

  The Wheat Kings broke open a 2-1 game with three unanswered second period goals, but also got a key marker from Campbell with 1:27 left in the first period that came just 50 seconds after a Brayden Point goal had pulled the Warriors into a 1-1 tie.

  Tim McGauley opened the scoring for the Wheat Kings with a power-play goal midway through the first period, while James Shearer also scored for Brandon.

  The trio of Campbell, Kaspick and Stelio Mattheos combined for five points and a plus-nine rating in the contest, keying the Wheat Kings’ victory.

  “Love to put the puck in deep and go in and get it...bang some bodies, muck and grind and come out with the puck,” said Campbell on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I love playing with those guys. They play hard, we compliment each other well I think, and it’s good chemistry.”

  The Wheat Kings outshot the Warriors 50-28 in the contest including a 40-18 margin through the first 40 minutes.

  The series now shifts to Moose Jaw for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Chaff...neither team made any lineup changes, with Brandon scratching Schael Higson, Caiden Daley, Rylan Bettens, Garrett Armour and Mark Matsuba...after going pointless in the first five games of the playoffs, Provorov has six points (2 G, 4 A) in the last three games...Jayce Hawryluk and Nolan Patrick both had their five-game point-scoring streaks end on Saturday...both teams were 1-for-2 on the power-play...attendance was 5,071.

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