Saturday, 14 May 2016

Wheat Kings Claim WHL Title

  The Brandon Wheat Kings scratched a 20-year itch on Friday night, claiming their first Western Hockey League title since 1996 with an 8-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds.

  Jayce Hawryluk had three goals and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings while Nolan Patrick scored the key goal of the game, breaking a 4-4 tie 2:55 into the third period.

  Brandon held a 3-1 lead after a Tyler Coulter goal 1:33 into the second period, but saw Seattle storm back to score three straight goals and grab a 4-3 lead.

  Hawryluk scored his first of the game with 1:13 left in the second period on a nifty setup from Tim McGauley to send the game to the intermission tied 4-4, and then Brandon did what they’d done often in the series—dominate the third period.

  “I give our guys so much credit for that because it’s a real sign of maturity, poise and confidence as well,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly MCCrimmon, “This team very rarely gets rattled...they just keep playing.”

  Patrick was named the WHL’s playoff MVP after leading the league with 13 goals and 30 points in 21 post-season games.

  Capturing the Ed Chynoweth Cup is an especially good feeling for Brandon product Tyler Coulter and five other hometown players on the Wheat Kings’ hockey club.

  “There’s no words for us right now,” said Coulter on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It’s been a lifetime thing watching the team every day and being a part of it is really special but doing this, this is really special.”

  The Wheat Kings are now headed to the Memorial Cup in Red Deer, with their opening game a week from today against the QMJHL’s champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

1 comment:

Vegasbound01 said...

Fantastic series