Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Warriors Grab Game Three

  The Brandon Wheat Kings saw their six-game playoff winning streak end Tuesday night with a 7-1 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  Jayden Halbgewachs had three goals and two assists to pace the Warriors as they picked up their first win of the series, cutting Brandon’s lead to two games to one.

  The game was goalless midway through the second period before Halbgewachs opened the scoring 10:35 into the middle frame, the first of four games in a span of six minutes and four seconds for the Warriors.

  “Then they got the power-play goal to make it 2-0, and if you look at the second period, they got four goals in a span of just over six minutes,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “There’s not a plan that works that includes giving up goals in bunches like we did during the second period.”

  Tim McGauley scored the lone goal for Brandon, making it 4-1 2:59 into the third period that briefly give the Wheat Kings life.

  Brandon pressed to close the gap, but that effort was pretty much extinguished with Halbgewachs completing his hat-trick at the 8:21 mark of the third period to make it 5-1.

  Zach Sawchenko, who had a 5.04 goals against average in ten games against Brandon this season before Tuesday, stopped 34 of 35 shots in the Warriors’ net while Jordan Papirny made 24 saves in the Brandon goal.

  The series continue Wednesday with Game Four in Moose Jaw, while Game Five will be back in Brandon on Friday.

  Tickets for Friday’s game will go on sale Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Keystone Centre box office.

Chaff...Brandon dressed the same lineup, leaving D Schael Higson, F Caiden Daley, F Garrett Armour and F/D Mark Matsuba out of the lineup...Brandon was 0-for-2 on the power-play and 4-for-5 on the penalty-kill...attendance was 3,169...Brandon D Kale Clague was #27 and F Tanner Kaspick was #79 in the NHL Central Scouting Service’s final rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft, which were released Tuesday...the Prince George Cougars and head coach Mark Holick mutually parted ways on Tuesday after 3 ½ seasons.

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