Sunday, 31 August 2014

Wheat Kings Reduce Roster to 33

17-year old Logan Thompson is one of three goaltenders
remaining on the Wheat Kings' pre-season roster
  The Wheat Kings released 11 players following Sunday's intrasquad game, reducing their pre-season roster to 33 players.

  Among those let go were 2012 draft picks Tristen Elder and Aaron Kellogg and 17-year goaltender Evan Robert.

  2013 draft picks Ben Dalke and Brayden Billaney and 15-year olds Jarrod Gourlay, Ian Mitchell, Connor Gutenberg and James McIsaac were also re-assigned.

  Unlisted 16-year old Braeden Binda and 17-year blueliner James Shearer were also re-assigned.

  The moves leave Brandon with 33 players on their pre-season roster -- three goaltenders, ten defencemen and 20 forwards.

  The Wheat Kings open their pre-season schedule by hosting the Regina Pats on Friday.

Brandon Wheat Kings' Pre-Season Roster
(birth year follows name)

Goaltenders (3)
Jordan Papirny (96)
Logan Thompson (97)
Josh Dechaine (98)

Defencemen (10)
Eric Roy (94)
Colton Waltz (95)
Taylor Green (95)
Michael Mylchreest (95)
Kord Pankewicz (96)
Ryan Pilon (96)
Mark Matsuba (97)
Ivan Provorov (97)
Mark Taraschuk (97)
Kale Clague (98)

Forwards (20)
Richard Nejezchleb (94)
Peter Quenneville (94)
Rihards Bukarts (95)
Quintin Lisoway (95)
Tim McGauley (95)
Duncan Campbell (96)
Tyler Coulter (96)
Jayce Hawryluk (96)
Brett Kitt (96)
Ryley Lindgren (96)
John Quenneville (96)
Jesse Gabrielle (97)
Kirklan Lycar (97)
Braylon Shmyr (97)
Tanner Kaspick (98)
Ty Lewis (98)
Linden McCorrister (98)
Nolan Patrick (98)
Dylan Thiessen (98)
Stelio Mattheos (99)

McGauley Shines in Intrasquad Game

Tim McGauley had two goals and an assist in Sunday's
Intrasquad game.
  Third-year centre Tim McGauley had two goals and an assist to pace Team White to a 6-3 victory over Team Black in the Brandon Wheat Kings' intrasquad game on Sunday.

  Jayce Hawryluk added a goal and two assists for Team White with Quintin Lisoway, Eric Roy and Jesse Gabrielle also scoring for the winners.

  "It was a good camp, new guys come in all the time and it brings new energy," said McGauley, "It was real good, this camp, I thought.  It was one of the best ones I've been to.  These guys we have coming are real good players, and I'll real excited to start the season."

  "I think you want to work 110 per cent whenever you're playing.  I really don't have another gear, it's just fifth gear all the way," added Hawryluk, "I'm going hard as I can all the time.  You have to set an example for the kids that are watching out here about what it takes to play in this league."

  Colton Waltz, Brett Kitt and Kord Pankewicz did the goal scoring for Team Black with Brayden Billarney notching a pair of assists.

  Jordan Papirny stopped all 16 shots he faced in net for Team White before being replaced by 16-year old Josh Dechaine, who stopped 10 of 13 shots during the second half of the game.

  Logan Thompson stopped 22 of 24 shots and Evan Robert stopped 13 of 17 shots for Team Black.

  2014 first overall pick Stelio Mattheos played on a line with Hawryluk and Lisoway in Sunday's contest, contributing one assist to the Team White cause.
Stelio Mattheos

  "Just seeing the pace out there and seeing how strong guys are, how good their shots are and how fast they are, really shows how much work I have to put in to not just play, but to be a good player out there," said Mattheos.

  Mattheos will get an extended look as the 15-year old will stick around on the Wheat Kings' pre-season roster for at least the next week.

  Brandon did a similar thing with 2013 first round picks Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague last September, letting them play pre-season games before sending them back to AAA Midget for the balance of the season.

  Mattheos is expected to spend the 2014-15 campaign with the Winnipeg Wild of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Gourlay Soaking up Experience

Jarrod Gourlay is one of six 2014 Draft picks still at
the Brandon Wheat Kings' training camp
  This week has been quite the experience for members of the Brandon Wheat Kings' 2014 draft class, including defenceman Jarrod Gourlay.

  The third round pick in May's Bantam Draft feels he's held his own, and achieved a goal of making in into and through the main portion of the Wheat Kings' training camp.

  "Definitely a good experience to be here.  Rookie (camp) was fast-paced, but it's even faster now at Main (camp)," said Gourlay on Saturday, "It's good experience because I know I won't be sticking around with the team this year.  It's good for me for next year, and even just to get ready for my tryout this year."

  Gourlay is one of six players selected in the 2014 Bantam Draft remaining in Wheat Kings' camp, joining first overall pick Stelio Mattheos, Ian Mitchell, Connor Gutenberg, James McIsaac and Jeremy Klessens.

  "My goal was just to leave an impression, and I think I'm doing that right now," added Gourlay, "I think I've been doing all right but I think I can do better.  I can still use my physical presence a bit more and use my shot, but other than that I'm doing all right."

  The 6-foot-1, 197 pound Gourlay expects to play this season with the Calgary Buffaloes of the Alberta Midget Hockey League.

  Overall, Brandon has 46 players remaining on their roster as they prepare to bring the curtain down on their training camp Sunday with their annual intrasquad game (2 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Four players are sidelined with injury including returning defenceman Taylor Green, who has yet to step on the ice at camp due to a leg injury.

  Top prospect Kale Clague and forwards Tristen Elder and Ty Lewis are also injured, with Lewis suffereing a fractured arm on Thursday night.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Mylchreest Happy for Second Chance

Michael Mylchreest
  Michael Mylchreest is hoping to take advantage of a second opportunity.

  The 19-year old defenceman is in camp with the Brandon Wheat Kings, trying to earn a spot with the club as a free agent after spending a year out of the Western Hockey League.

  The 6-foot-3, 200 pound Mylchreest spent two years with the Prince George Cougars from 2011 to 2013 before spending the 2013-14 campaign with Springfield in the North American Hockey League.

  "I think it's really awesome.  I spent a year out of the league, and I learned a lot about myself as a player and what the league is all really about," said Mylchreest on Friday, "It's an awesome opportunity to have a chance to come back in."

  Mylchreest's connection with the Wheat Kings is current Brandon and former Prince George Director of Scouting Wade Klippenstein, who originally recruited the Gilroy, California product to the WHL.

  "That's one of the main reason I ended up here," said Mylchreest, "Wade is a really good guy and has helped me out since I was 15 so huge thanks to him for getting me out here."

  Mylchreest is one of only three right-hand shooting defencemen remaining in the Wheat Kings' training camp and it seems he understands what he'll need to do to claim a roster spot with Brandon.

  "I just have to do what makes me a good player, just stick to what I am," said Mylchreest, "I'm not a flashy player at all, just have to do the simple things and do the things that help the team win."

  Mylchreest had nine points, all assists, 29 penalty minutes and a -25 rating in 116 games in his two seasons with Prince George before notching four goals and 12 points in 56 games with Springfield last season.

  On the ice on Friday night, Richard Nejezchleb scored twice and Nolan Patrick had a goal and two assists to lead Team Black to a 7-5 victory over Team White in the first scrimmage of Main Camp.

  Rihards Bukarts scored twice and Tim McGauley had a goal and two assists for Team White.

  Main camp continues Saturday with scrimmages scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  The curtain comes down on Wheat Kings' training camp on Sunday afternoon, with the annual intrasquad game slated for 2:00 p.m. at Westman Communications Group Place.

  46 players are participating in this weekend's Main Camp -- 28 forwards, 14 defencemen and four goalkeepers.

Shearer Looking to Get Noticed

Brandon product James Shearer (in white) is
one of four unlisted players remainin in the
Wheat Kings' training camp.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings wrapped up their Rookie Camp on Thursday night, and their Main Camp gets underway Friday.

  50 players will participate in Main camp, with the 16 returnees being joined by 34 rookies, prospects and unlisted free agents.

  Among those remaining in camp is defenceman James Shearer, who was originally drafted by Calgary in the 2012 Bantam Draft and had gone to the Hitmen's training camp the past two years.

  "I want to come out here and try to play my game, work on my games, stay focused, have fun with the guys," said Shearer on Thursday, "Obviously, I want to try and get noticed and try to do my best out here and play my best and whatever happens, happens."

  Shearer had 15 goals and 54 points in 44 games with the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings last season and also played five games with the MJHL's Steinbach Pistons.

  Normally, there aren't a lot of expectations for the 17-year old unlisted player in a WHL Training Camp, but Shearer says he has some expectations of his own he wants to meet.

  "There's always going to be expectations.  I have my own expectations that I want to meet and surpass them even and other people have expectations that they think I should meet as well," said Shearer, "Those are my goals and I kind of strive for those and hope to do my best."

  Shearer is one of 15 defencemen still in camp with Brandon.

  Among the others is 19-year old Michael Mylchreest, who spent two seasons with the WHL's Prince George Cougars before spending last season with Springfield in the North American Hockey League.

  Thursday night's rookie camp scrimmage saw Nolan Patrick set up three goals to lead Team White to a 6-4 victory over Team Black.

  2013 third round pick Ty Lewis left Thursday's game with an apparent arm injury, while two other rookies missed time on Thursday.

  Tanner Kaspick sat out the evening scrimmage with a hip flexor and Tristen Elder did not participate Thursday because of a shoulder injury.