Saturday, 2 April 2016

Wheat Kings Seek Edmonton Sweep

Ty Lewis
  Rookie forward Ty Lewis will be a little more in the limelight Sunday when the Brandon Wheat Kings faceoff with the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game Five of the first round playoff series (4:40 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  Lewis will fill-in for the suspended Tyler Coulter on a line with high-scoring forwards Tim McGauley an Jayce Hawryluk.

  “It’s nice to play on that line, but it hurts our team to not have (Coulter) in our lineup,” said Lewis after Brandon’s practice on Saturday, “He’s a very a good player and a big part of our team in a veteran role...I have to make sure I’m prepared and ready to go for Game Five.”

  Playing on a scoring line isn’t an unfamiliar spot for Lewis.

  The Brandon product played with McGauley and John Quenneville for most of February, producing four goals and nine points in 12 games before suffering an injury on February 26th and missing the final ten games of the regular season.

  “Tim and (Jayce) are both great hockey players, and it’s good playing with those guys,” added Lewis, who had 10 goals and 23 points in 48 games during the regular season, “They’re good on the bench and they give you little pointers during the game that help make you a better player.  It helps make the game easier and I’m looking forward to playing with those guys.”

  While Lewis takes Coulter’s spot on the McGauley/Hawryluk line, it’ll likely be Mark Matsuba or Garrett Armour that’ll replace Coulter in the Wheat Kings’ lineup.

Chaff...John Quenneville lead all current Wheat Kings with 37 career playoff points, one behind Kelly Smart and Bobby Brown for 15th-place on the club’s all-time list... Two wins in this series for Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon gives him 66 in the playoffs during his WHL coaching career, tying him with Ken Hitchcock for 8th-place on the WHL’s all-time list…Brandon prospects Caiden Daley, Rylan Bettens and the MMHL Champion Winnipeg Wild will face the host Saskatoon Contacts in the Telus Cup Western Regionals final on Sunday.  Bettens had three points (2 G, 1 A) and Daley two points (0 G, 2 A) in the three round-robin games...tickets for Game Six in Brandon on Tuesday went on sale Friday, with sales resuming through the Keystone Box Office at 8:00 a.m. on Monday...regardless of which team emerges from the Brandon/Edmonton series, they’ll face the Moose Jaw Warriors on the second round.

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