Sunday, 7 February 2016

Wheat Kings Crush Tigers

Nolan Patrick scored twice in Saturday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and went on to a 6-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers Saturday night.

  Nolan Patrick scored twice in the opening period for Brandon, giving the second-year centre 14 goals in the last 17 games and 24 goals on the season.

  "Seems like every year that I've been playing hockey, I score more goals in the second half so I guess that's just the way it's gone," said Patrick on CKLQ's post-game show, "My linemates (Jayce Hawryluk & Tyler Coulter) have been huge lately so they've been helping me out a ton."

  Tim McGauley added a goal and two assists for Brandon while John Quenneville, Ivan Provorov and Duncan Campbell also scored for the Wheat Kings.

  Logan Thompson made 28 saves in the Brandon net, losing his bid for his first career shutout when the Tigers scored twice in the final half of the third period.

  The victory capped a pretty successful week for Brandon, who won three straight games and outscored their opponents 20-7 in the process.

  "I thought we had a good week after the losing that game in Calgary," added Patrick, "I think we had some improving to do this week and it was good that we stepped up and got those points."

  The victory was Brandon's ninth in their last ten home games and moved the Wheat Kings to within two points of first-place Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Hurricanes dropped a 2-0 decision to the Kootenay Ice in one of the other nine games in the WHL on Saturday.

  Brandon's next game is Tuesday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...D James Shearer was back in the Wheat Kings' lineup Saturday after missing Friday's game because of illness...Brandon's scratches Saturday were F Garrett Armour (suspension), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body)...a post-game scoring change meant Ivan Provorov had five assists in Friday's win over Prince George, giving the Russian import 100 career points...Jayce Hawryluk had two assists Saturday, giving him eight points (3 G, 5 A) in three games this week...Brandon F John Quenneville is now 5-0 against younger brother David, a second-year defenceman with Medicine Hat...attendance was 4,252.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Hawryluk Hatty Nets Wheat Kings' Win

Jaeger White had his first point as a Wheat King
on Friday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings won for the tenth time in 13 games Friday night, downing the visiting Prince George Cougars 8-3.

  Jayce Hawryluk had three goals and an assist for the Wheat Kings, picking up his third hat-trick of the season and seventh of his Western Hockey League career.

  John Quenneville added two goals and two assists in a bizarre game that saw Brandon jump out to a 4-0 first period despite being outplayed at times during the opening 20 minutes.

  The Cougars had a potential opening goal of the game waved off when it was ruled the net came off before the shot the resulted in the potential goal had been taken.

  Hawryluk opened the scoring shortly after, but it was back-to-back power-play goals in the final two minutes of the first period that also keyed the win.

  Brandon has now scored 19 power-play goals in their last 12 games.

  "We switched our power-play up a little bit but the bottom line is execution and getting pucks to the net," said Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we've done a better job of that...our guys are taking better quality shots and getting pucks to the net and I think any time you're working to get traffic at the net and the guys with the puck are making smart shots and ultimately executing on their shots, it really makes for a good power-play."

  It was a bizarre game that included another disallowed goal, a penalty shot, a combined 15 power-play chances and back-and-forth play that also included the Cougars making it 4-2 and 5-3 in the second and third periods respectively.

  "For us, it's all about consistency and it's all about playing 60 minutes.  If you want to be a great hockey club, that's what it's all about," added Quenneville, "Tonight was a great chance for us to, once the train kind of got off the tracks a little bit, to get it back on and play our best hockey."

  Nolan Patrick, Reid Duke and Macoy Erkamps also scored for Brandon while Ivan Provorov chipped in with four assists.

  The win allowed the Wheat Kings to maintain their six-point lead atop the East Division, and remain four points behind front-running Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chaff...Jaeger White assisted on Brandon's first goal of the game, giving him his first point as a Wheat King...F Tim McGauley had two assists to move past Ryan Stone and into 28th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time scoring list...G Jordan Papirny made 35 saves in his 148th career game, which moved him past Robert McVicar and into 4th-place on the all-time list...Brandon scratches included D James Shearer (illness), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Linden McCorrister (upper body) and F Garrett Armour (suspension)...attendance was 4,515, pushing the Wheat Kings over 100,00 for the season.  The club is averaging 4,111 per game through 25 home games this year.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Brandon Closes Odyssey with Win

Nolan Patrick scored twice in Tuesday's win
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a stretch of seven consecutive road games with a 6-2 victory in Moose Jaw on Tuesday night.

  Tim McGauley scored twice in his 250th game as a Wheat King, giving the 20-year old centre 239 career points and moving him into 29th-place on Brandon’s all-time scoring list.

  Nolan Patrick also scored twice for Brandon while Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists, giving the Philadelphia Flyers’ 2015 first round draft pick 16 points (4 G, 12 A) in 11 games since returning from the World Junior Hockey Championship.

  “He skated so well, his head is always up, he is playing fantastic.  His level of play since the World Junior is up a big step,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He’s playing the best hockey he’s played as a Wheat Kings...he’s a pleasure to watch and can really control the game back there.”

  Provorov leads the WHL with a +36 rating after being +3 on Tuesday, and his 44 points rank him fifth in defenseman scoring in the league despite playing just 41 games.

  Macoy Erkamps also scored Brandon, a shorthanded goal that was the only one of the first period.

  Erkamps slapped a rising shot from just outside his own blueline that tipped off the end of the glove of Moose Jaw goaltender Zach Sawchenko and into the Warriors’ net.

  Dryden Hunt and Noah Gregor had a goal and an assist each for Moose Jaw while Sawchenko and Brody Wilms combined for 33 saves in the Warriors’ net.

  Jordan Papirny made 35 saves in goal for Brandon in his 147th career game, tying him with Robert McVicar for fourth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

  The victory allowed Brandon to leapfrog past idle Red Deer and into second-place in the Eastern Conference standings, and also pulled the Wheat Kings to within four points of the Conference-leading Lethbridge Hurricanes.

  Brandon returns home for a pair of games this weekend, hosting the Prince George Cougars Friday and the Medicine Hat Tigers on Saturday.

Chaff...F Stelio Mattheos returned to the Brandon lineup Tuesday after missing Sunday’s game with an upper body injury...the Wheat Kings’ scratches were F Garrett Armour (suspension), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Tanner Kaspick (upper body) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body)...Papirny also moved past McVicar and into fourth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list for minutes played...both teams were 1-for-3 on the power-play, giving Brandon 17 power-play goals in their last 11 games...the Wheat Kings have a 13-4-0-2 regular season record at Mosaic Place since it opened in the fall of 2011...Brandon travelled over 4,200 kilometres during their seven-game road odyssey that covered seven cities and three provinces over a 13 day span.

Papirny Named Wheat Kings POM for January


Brandon, Manitoba – Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, in association with the Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that veteran netminder Jordan Papirny has been chosen the Western Hockey League club’s IMPACT Player of the Month for January.

A 19-year old Edmonton product, Papirny enjoyed an outstanding first month of 2016 by recording a 7-4-1-0 record, a 2.26 goals against average and a .928 save percentage in eleven appearances.

Papirny also picked up three shutouts as the Wheat Kings finished the month with a record of 31-15-2-2 and sitting atop the WHL’s Eastern Division.

With three shutouts last month, the former first round bantam draft choice now has eleven in his WHL career, moving him into a tie with Andrew Hayes for second on the club’s all time list. Only Tyler Plante – with 12 – has recorded more shutouts in a Brandon uniform.

A Second Team Eastern Conference All Star in 2014-15, Papirny is currently sitting among the league leaders in shutouts with five (tied for 2nd), 5th in wins (20) and goals against average (2.61) while posting the thirteenth best save percentage (.908).

In 146 career games as a Wheat King, which ranks him behind only Glen Hanlon (172), Tyler Plante (164), Bryon Penstock (158) and Robert McVicar (147) on the club’s all time list, Papirny has compiled an overall record of 87-39-10-7, a save percentage of .906 and a 2.88 goals against average.

This award is presented to the Wheat King who contributes to the team and exemplifies the characteristics of what IMPACT stands for…Inspire, Motivate, Participate, Achieve, Champion and Team.

“Paps” joins Tyler Coulter, Logan Thompson and veteran Macoy Erkamps as this year’s Impact Monthly winners.

His award will be presented during Saturday night’s game against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers at Westman Communications Group Place.

Tonight, Papirny and the Wheat Kings complete a stretch of seven straight road games with a game against the Warriors in Moose Jaw. Brandon is currently 4-2-0 through the first six games and enter the game trailing the Eastern Conference leading Lethbridge Hurricanes by six points. Moose Jaw meanwhile occupies sixth place in the Conference with a 21-19-6-1 record. The Warriors are three points back of Prince Albert and nine behind Brandon in the division.

Following the game, the Wheat Kings will return home to host Prince George and Medicine Hat this weekend.

Tickets to both games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at

Monday, 1 February 2016

Wheat Kings End Road Stretch Tuesday

Tim McGauley plays his 250th career
game with the Wheat Kings Tuesday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings close out a stretch of seven consecutive road games tonight when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  The Wheat Kings are coming off a 6-3 loss in Calgary on Sunday, are 4-2-0-0 in their first six games of this road stretch.

  Overall, Brandon’s 17-8-1-0 road record this season is the best in the Western Hockey League.

  The Wheat Kings will be without Garrett Armour for the second straight game after he was suspended for four games by the WHL Monday for a check-to-the-head major he was assessed in Saturday’s win in Red Deer.

  Stelio Mattheos and Linden McCorrister remain day-to-day with upper body injuries, and both are questionable for Tuesday’s contest.

  They join Brandon products Tanner Kaspick and Connor Gutenberg on the Wheat Kings’ injury list.

  Brandon enters Tuesday’s action with a six-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division and one point behind second-place Red Deer in the Eastern Conference standings.

  With the Rebels idle on Tuesday, the Wheat Kings could leapfrog past Red Deer and into second-place with a victory.

  Tuesday’s game will be the 250th in a Wheat Kings’ uniform for centre Tim McGauley.

  The 20-year old joined Brandon as a 15-year old prospect in the Brayden Schenn trade in January of 2011, and has 237 career points as a Wheat Kings – tying him with Mike Maneluk for 29th-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

  Brandon’s next home game is Friday when they entertain the Prince George Cougars (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Prior to that, the Wheat Kings will host their annual CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner on Thursday.

  The dinner is held annually to raise funds for the Wheat Kings’ scholarship foundation, which funds former players getting post-secondary educations following their WHL careers.

  This year’s headline speaker is former Wheat King and current Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

  The Jets’ play-by-play voice on TSN Dennis Beyek and comedian Dave Hemstad will also slated to entertain the crowd.