Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Wheat Kings Pick Up Moodie from Blades

Alex Moodie practiced with the Wheat Kings for the first
time on Wednesday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings made what they hope will be an upgrade in their backup goaltending position on Wednesday.

  The club acquired 19-year old Alex Moodie from the Saskatoon Blades for a conditional eighth round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, and then released 17-year old rookie netminder Logan Thompson.

  "There's no word. Excitement.  Grow up watching them because I'm from Winnipeg and it's not that far of a drive," said Moodie after going through his first Wheat Kings' practice on Wednesday, "Always loved playing them, I've played them since I was 16 here and I've enjoyed it every time and I've heard nothing but good things."

  Thompson appeared in four games this season for Brandon, producing a 3-1 record but with a 4.74 GAA and .846 SPCT.

  "What we want to have is the ability for Jordan (Papirny) to  be his best, and we think we need more out of the backup goaltending position than what we were getting," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "We need a guy that we’re comfortable putting into games any time, we need a guy that’s going to work hard in practice at the other end of the rink so that’s a competitive situation for both guys and, at the same time, you always have to be prepared for injuries and things that can happen, and we need a goalie that can go in and play for your team."

  Moodie is a Winnipeg product who is in his third full WHL season, posting a 4.30 goals against average and .883 save percentage in 67 career appearances.

  "There's a lot of things that happened over there that I can't really talk about but even when I was with Spokane for a short stint there, the fresh start was exactly the thing I needed," said Moodie after going through his first Wheat Kings' practice on Wednesday, "I'm so excited to be here."

  Moodie joined the Wheat Kings' Wednesday and will be in uniform for their next game Friday in Saskatoon.

Blades Nip Brandon in Overtime

Reid Duke had a goal and two assists for Brandon Tuesday
  Brett Stovin scored 1:35 into overtime as the Saskatoon Blades downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-4 on Tuesday night.

  Tim McGauley sent the game to overtime, scoring his fourth goals in three games for Brandon with 10.3 seconds left in the third period.

  The McGauley goal came after the Wheat Kings failed to hold a 3-2, third period lead, but not expanding on that lead earlier in the contest was just as responsible for Brandon's undoing.

  "There was any one of a number of opportunities where we could have built on our lead or widened our lead," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "Having said that, at the (marketing) timeout in the third period, if there were no more goals scored after that point, we win the game.  We needed to do a better job."

  "We didn't get the pucks down deep like we were in the first two periods and we have been in the past weekend against Edmonton," said Brandon winger Quintin Lisoway, who had a goal and an assist in the contest,"That transferes into defensive zone play.  We just have to bear down and get the job done."

  Reid Duke had a goal and two assists and John Quenneville a first period power-play goal for the Wheat Kings.

  The loss leaves Brandon (19-5-2-0) four points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Wheat Kings next game is Friday, when they visit the Blades to open a two-game Saskatchewan road trip.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

McGauley Wheat Kings' Unsung Hero

Tim McGauley
  He may not have the flash of a Jayce Hawryluk or the dash of a Rihards Bukarts, but Tim McGauley may be the Brandon Wheat Kings' steadiest performer this season.

  McGauley is coming off a huge weekend, scoring three goals and six points in Brandon's back-to-back wins over Edmonton to increase his season total to 27 points  -- good for 22nd-place in the WHL's scoring race.

  McGauley is a well-rounded player, performing on both of Brandon's special team units and taking most of the club's important defensive zone faceoffs.

  "I'm the type of player that'll do whatever it takes for the team to win.  I'll play any role coach wants me to play, as long as I can help our team win," said McGauley after Monday's practice, "Night-in, night-out, I try to be a consistent player.  I don't bring that flash to the game really but I like to stay consistent and produce points when I can and be a good defensive player."

  Brandon will close out a three-game home stand Tuesday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Blades are currently last in the WHL's overall standings with a 6-16-1-0 record and after sweeping their doubleheader with the defending Memorial Cup Champions, Tuesday's game has the makings of a 'trap game.'

  "We can't take these guys lightly.  The time we played them, we won 6-2 but they outshot us real badly and we don't want to let that happen again," said McGauley, who is one goal shy of 50 for his career, "We take pride in our defence, our hockey club does, and we also know they can surprise teams if you take them lightly, any team can surprise you in this league so we have to make sure we have the proper mindset coming into this game."

  Brandon (19-5-1-0) enters Tuesday's game with a five point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

Chaff...D Kale Clague (upper body, week-to-week) and F Ty Lewis (upper body, week-to-week) continue to be on the sidelines for the Wheat Kings...Brandon has won eight straight regular season games against the Blades dating back to last season...the Wheat Kings have the WHL's best home-ice winning percentage this season, going 10-1-1-0 at Westman Place for a .875 winning percentage.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

McGauley Nets OT Winner for Wheat Kings

Tim McGauley
  Tim McGauley scored his second goal of the game 1:46 into overtime as the Brandon Wheat Kings downed the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4 on Saturday night.

  The Wheat Kings rallied from a 4-2 deficit after 40 minutes, getting goals from Jesse Gabrielle and Jayce Hawryluk in the third period to set the stage for McGauley's overtime heroics.

  "We knew we were playing better than they were," said Brandon centre John Quenneville on CKLQ's post-game show, "I think we came out in the third and had a mission, stuck to it and, obviously, got the job done."

  "Down after two periods, we talk often that if you're going to come from behind, the first thing you have to do is make sure you don't give anything up," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "That was critical for us and then the early goal by Gabrielle I think really gave our bench a lot of momentum and energy."

  McGauley finished the night with two goals and an assist, giving him six points in the two games this weekend after scoring a goal and two assists in Friday's 7-4 win for Brandon over Edmonton.

  The third-year Wheat King now has 27 points in 25 games this season.

  "Night-in, night-out, he leads our team in ice-time because he plays on both special teams, he's a really dependable, reliable guy," said McCrimmon, "I thought real good pair of games for him this weekend."

  Nolan Patrick also scored for the Wheat Kings while Lane Bauer had two goals and an assist in a losing cause for Edmonton.

  The victory improved Brandon's record to 19-5-1-0 and leaves the Wheat Kings five points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  The Wheat Kings' next game is Tuesday when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...D Eric Roy played his 275th career game Saturday, tying him with Jeff Odgers for 15th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list...Brandon scratched D Kale Clague (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk and F Braylon Shmyr...Brandon went 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill Saturday and are 15-for-16 (93.8%) in their last four games...attendance Saturday was 3,592, giving Brandon and average of 3,904 per game through 12 home dates.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Bounce-Back Win for Wheat Kings

Nolan Patrick scored a pair of goals on Friday
  It was a solid bounce-back performance for the Brandon Wheat Kings Friday night as they downed the visiting Edmonton Oil Kings 7-4.

  Nolan Patrick scored twice and Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists to pace the Wheat Kings, who were coming off a disappointing 5-0 loss in Swift Current on Wednesday night.

  "I think it was a wakeup call for us," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "The guys came to the rink with a much better mindset and played much more the type of game that you need to play to keep getting better, that you need to play at playoffs, those type of habits."

  Patrick's shorthanded goal with 1:20 left in the second period snapped a 3-3 tie and McGauley gave the Wheat Kings a two-goal lead 26 seconds into the third period with what proved to be the game-winning goal.

  "I just got the puck on the penalty-kill just inside our blueline there, so I just chipped it to the middle and had a foot race with their d-man," said Patrick on CKLQ's post-game show, "I jumped to the inside, stripped his pocket and just ripped it along the ice and it found it's way in."

  Brandon jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was seven minutes old but the Oil Kings fought back on a natural hat-trick from Brett Pollock in a span of 53 seconds, scoring twice in the final minute of the first period and notching his third goal just seven seconds into the second period.

  John Quenneville's power-play goal with just under six minutes left in the second period tied the game 3-3, setting the stage for Patrick's second of the game and McGauley's ninth of the season.

  Rihards Bukarts, Macoy Erkamps and Quintin Lisoway also scored for the Wheat Kings while Ivan Provorov added three assists.

  Brandon improved to 18-5-1-0 with the victory and moved three points ahead of second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings after the Tigers fell 4-2 to Red Deer on Friday night.

  The Wheat Kings will host the Oil Kings again on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).