Sunday, 3 April 2016

Wheat Kings Grab Series Lead

Jordan Thomson scored his first career WHL playoff
goal in Sunday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings completed a ‘Rexall Sweep’ on Sunday, downing the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-2 to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference quarter-final series.

  John Quenneville and Jordan Thomson had a goal and an assist each for Brandon, who won three straight games in Edmonton after losing the first two games of the series at home.

  “I give our players a lot of credit for having the determination to continue to believe that we could get back into the series,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We’re not done the series yet, we have another win that we need to have but in terms of accomplishing some real positive things here in Edmonton, we have done that.”

  Thomson’s first career WHL playoff goal 7:13 into the third period gave the Wheat Kings a 3-1 lead and stood up as the game-winner.

  He and partner James Shearer, who had an assist in the contest, finished Game 5 a combined +6.

  “I think with four games now that they’ve played together, there’s some familiarity and they’ve played well,” said McCrimmon, “Both guys today, they got the winning goal and they were +3 so that’s a pretty good contribution from your third ‘D’ pair.”

  Stelio Mattheos, Reid Duke and Jayce Hawryluk also scored for Brandon, the latter two going into an empty-net.

  Tanner Kaspick added a pair of assists and was named the game’s first star.

  The Wheat Kings return home with a chance to win the series when Game Six is played on Tuesday night (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon’s scratches were F Tyler Coulter (suspension), F Garrett Armour and D Schael Higson...the length of Coulter’s suspension was still TBD on the WHL website on Sunday night...Sunday’s game may have been the last WHL game at Rexall Place with the new Rogers Place in Edmonton slated to open for the start of next season...Edmonton product Jordan Papirny allowed three goals on 74 shots in the three games at Rexall...Wheat Kings’ prospects Caiden Daley, Rylan Bettens and the Winnipeg Wild fell 4-3 in double overtime to the Saskatoon Contacts in the Telus Cup West Regionals Final on Sunday. Daley had a goal and an assist in the game.

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