Thursday, 28 April 2016

Wheat Kings Knock Off Rebels

  The Brandon Wheat Kings grabbed a 3-1 lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final with a 4-2 victory over the Red Deer Rebels on Wednesday night.

  Tim McGauley and John Quenneville had a goal and an assist each for Brandon, with McGauley snapping a 2-2 tie at 6:36 of the third period for his third game-winning goal of the playoffs.

  McGauley now has eight goals and 18 points during a 10-game point-scoring streak while Quenneville’s goal was his WHL-leading 12th of the post-season.

  In addition to those performances, Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny had a solid 34-save performance in the Wheat Kings’ net after being pulled for the first time in his WHL playoff career in Game Three on Tuesday night.

  Grayson Pawlenshuk opened the scoring for Red Deer at 3:54 of the first period, with Brandon captain Macoy Erkamps tying it for the Wheat Kings less than two minutes later.

  Quenneville got his goal at the 16:00 mark of the first to give Brandon a 2-1 advantage, a lead the Wheat Kings would hold through the end of the second period.

  Jake DeBrusk scored a power-play goal 17 seconds into the third period to tie the contest 2-2, setting the stage for McGauley’s go-ahead goal just over six minutes later.

  Tanner Kaspick sealed the victory away with an empty-net goal with 55 seconds left in regulation.

  Brandon heads home with a chance to advance to the WHL Final for the second straight year, hosting Game Five Friday night (7:38 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...neither team made any lineup changes Wednesday, with Brandon scratched D Schael Higson, F/D Mark Matsuba, F Garrett Armour and F Caiden Daley...Quenneville’s two points give him 54 in his playoff career, tying him with Brad McCrimmon and Tim Konsorada for fourth-place on Brandon’s all-time list...former Wheat King Jordin Tootoo teamed up with the RCMP to produce a PSA on Violence Against Women, which was released on Wednesday...former Wheat Kings’ captain Daryl Boyle helped Munich capture the German Division One title earlier this week...Seattle edged Kelowna 5-4 in double overtime Wednesday to complete a four-game sweep of the Western Conference Final. It’s the Thunderbirds second straight to the WHL Final in their franchise history, and first since 1997...the Kootenay Ice announced Wednesday that the Chynoweth family had purchased the 24.5% ownership stake brothers Scott and Rob Niedermayer had in the team.

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