Saturday, 16 April 2016

McGauley Hatty Leads Wheat Kings to Third Round

Tim McGauley
  Tim McGauley's first career playoff hat-trick led the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 7-3 win over the Moose Jaw Warriors on Friday night.

  Tyler Coulter added a goal and two assists as the Wheat Kings took the Eastern Conference semifinal series in five games and advanced to the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

  "We came out strong tonight.  There was lapses where we weren't as good as them, and we just had to weather the storm there.  We came out and stuck with it and won," said McGauley on CKLQ's post-game show, "It does feel good to go through to the Eastern Conference final for the second straight year, but we have a lot more work to do."

  After struggling to score early in the post-season, McGauley had six goals in the final four games of the Moose Jaw series.

  "It was something you can't let hang over your head there, when you're scoreless for a bit.  It was ten games for me and it was bugging me a little bit but there were lots of people telling me that once a scored one, I'll score two and that went a long way," said McGauley, "It just stuck with me and, tonight, it just happened for me and I got more than two, which was nice."

Mitch Wheaton

  Macoy Erkamps, Mitch Wheaton and Ty Lewis also scored for Brandon, with Wheaton's goal being first career WHL playoff goal.

  The Wheat Kings will now play either Red Deer or Regina in the Eastern Conference final, with the opening two games next Friday and Saturday at Westman Communications Group Place.

  Tickets for those opening two games are on sale Saturday (April 16) at 11:00 a.m. at the Keystone Centre box office (726-3555 or www.keystonecentre.com).

Chaff...Brandon went with the same lineup in all five games of the series, with Schael Higson, Caiden Daley, Garrett Armour and Mark Matsuba once again being the Wheat Kings' scratches on Friday...Brandon's Stelio Mattheos was stopped on a second period penalty shot by Warriors' netminder Zach Sawchenko...Reid Duke had two assists Friday to extend his playoff point-scoring streak to a eight games (5 G, 10 A)...Moose Jaw F and Oakbank, Manitoba product Brett Howden will see his season continue as he's slated to join the Canadian team at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship this weekend...attendance Friday was 5,310.

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