Sunday, 8 May 2016

OT Magic Again for Wheat Kings

  It was Deja Vu for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

  Jayce Hawryluk scored 6:56 into overtime as Brandon downed the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in the WHL Championship Series.

  Hawryluk's goal was his first since Game Five against Edmonton in the first round, a 12-game goal drought that ended in one of the best ways possible.

  His sharp angle pass toward to the front of the net from underneath the end line bounced off Seattle netminder Landon Bow and into the Thunderbirds' net.

  "You're not winning at this time of the year without full contributions to all those other aspects to the game.  For Jayce, I think he's been playing really well.  He was one of if not our best forward in the Red Deer series," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "For him to get a bounce tonight where he threw a puck at the net in overtime and it found it's way in for the overtime winner, I think that's going to really help him and his game."

  Nolan Patrick and Tyler Coulter also scored for Brandon, with Coulter's goal with 5:10 left in the third period tying the game 2-2.

  That goal came after a clearing attempt from a Seattle defenceman bounced off Coulter's shin in the low slot and past Thunderbirds' netminder Landon Bow.

  "That was something," said Coulter, "I was just standing in front of the net...the guy went to clear it and I was just fortunate enough to have it hit me and go in."

  The teams are now headed to Seattle, with the series resuming on Tuesday night.

Chaff...Brandon scratches D Schael Higson, F Caiden Daley, F Garrett Armour and F/D Mark Matsuba, dressing the same lineup for the 12th straight game...both teams were 0-for-5 on the power-play...attendance was 5,621, the largest for a Wheat Kings' home game this season...the Wheat Kings got some attention from Don Cherry and Ron McLean on Saturday's Coaches' Corner (May 7th Edition).  You can watch at

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