Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Quenneville Earns Wheat Kings' 'C'

The Wheat Kings' '14-15 leadership group (L-to-R):
Eric Roy, Peter Quenneville, Quintin Lisoway and Colton Waltz
  Before the Wheat Kings get down to business on a seven-game road trip, they completed a little unfinished business on Tuesday.
  The club named 20-year old forward Peter Quenneville the 57th captain in franchise history, with Colton Waltz, Eric Roy and Quintin Lisoway named alternate captains for the 2014-2015 season.
  “Coming into this year, I just tried to be mature and to point guys in the right direction,” said Quenneville after the Wheat Kings’ practice in Prince George on Tuesday, “And just give some wisdom on stuff that I may have gone through when I was a younger player and help a very talented core of 17, 18 and 19-year olds.”
  Quenneville succeeds Ryan Pulock as the Wheat Kings’ captain after Pulock turned pro this season, and joins the likes of Shayne Wiebe, Darryl Boyle and Mark Derlago as players to wear Brandon’s captaincy in only their 20-year old season.
  The best comparison might be Wiebe, who also joined Brandon mid-season as a 19-year old before being captain in his final junior season.
  The list of Wheat Kings’ captain is definitely impressive, and something the Edmonton product certainly has respect for.
  “We have the big board in the room, and you definitely see it every day,” said Quenneville, “For me, it was something that was a goal of mine to try and get my name up there and be one of those guys that had the fortunate opportunity to lead their team.”
  Captains often fit into two groups – the strong, silent type that are largely to lead by example OR the type who are more of the rally the troops, rah-rah type.
  Quenneville feels he falls somewhere in the middle.
  “When I do speak, try to be pointing out stuff that I see that can help the team or provide a little insight for guys but also be the guy that knows when not to talk and is comfortable in not talking too much,” said Quenneville, “Just put my head down, working hard and doing whatever the team needs to win.”
  Quenneville also has the experience of having won a championship, being a member of the USHL champion Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2012-2013.
  Ironically, Quenneville will wear the ‘C’ for the first time Wednesday night when the Wheat Kings open a seven-game road trip by visiting the Prince George Cougars.
  Quenneville was originally drafted by the Cougars in the fourth round of the 2009 Bantam Draft and attending Rookie Camp with Prince George that year.
  However, he chose to pursue the U.S. College route until his rights were acquired by the Wheat Kings from Prince George for a third round pick in the 2015 Bantam Draft in November of 2013.
Chaff...Quenneville takes a five-game point streak into Wednesday’s contest (3 G, 6 A)...Rihards Bukarts is on a seven-game point streak (4 G, 10 A)...D Ryan Pilon has points in four straight games (0 G, 6 A)...Brandon’s last winning record on this annual late-October road trip came in 2011-2012, when they went 4-3-0-0 against the five U.S. Division teams + Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Wheat Kings' Offence Rolling

Jayce Hawryluk scored four times Saturday

  An offensive roll that began on Friday night continued for the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday.
  Jayce Hawryluk scored four goals to pace the Wheat Kings to a 10-3 victory over the Portland Winterhawks Saturday night, 24 hours after Brandon scored five goals in the final eight minutes and 43 seconds of an 8-3 victory over the visiting Swift Current Broncos.
  Brandon has now scored 25 goals in their last three home games, all of them victories, and the club is now averaging a league-high 5.36 goals per game.
  “It clearly shows that we have four strong lines and we have a lot of firepower,” said Hawryluk on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It doesn’t matter which line is out there, we’re all capable of putting the puck in the net.”
  Reid Duke scored his first goal as a Wheat Kings and added three assists while also finishing +5 on the night, while Rihards Bukarts and Peter Quenneville added a goal and two assists each.
  Ivan Provorov, Nolan Patrick and Kale Clague also scored for the Wheat Kings, who hit double digits in goals for the first time since an 11-3 victory in Prince Albert on January 7, 2012.
  Hawryluk, meanwhile, became the first Wheat King to score four goals in a single game since Michael Ferland did so on February 18, 2012 – snapping a three-game pointless skid in the process.
  “I think the games prior, I’ve been having chances and the pucks just haven’t been going in,” said Hawryluk, “Tonight, the bounces were going my way and the puck was just finding the back of the net.”
  The victory improved Brandon’s East Division-leading record to 8-2-1-0, including a 5-0-1-0 mark on home ice.
  The Wheat Kings now hit the road for a seven-game road trip, beginning Wednesday night in Prince George.
Chaff...Hawryluk's first goal early in the second period proved to be the game-winning goal, his WHL-leading fourth of the season...Bukarts now has points in seven straight games (4 G, 10 A) while Peter Quenneville’s point streak reached five games (3 G, 6 A)...Brandon’s scratches were F John Quenneville (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...Brandon broke a personal five-game losing streak against Portland, winning against the Winterhawks for the first time since October 17, 2008...Saturday’s crowd of 4,533 was the Wheat Kings’ largest of the young season.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

3rd Period Eruption Leads Wheat Kings to Win

Duncan Campbell
  The Brandon Wheat Kings scored the game's final five goals in an 8-3 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

  Tim McGauley snapped a 3-3 tie with 8:43 left in the third period, and the Wheat Kings piled on four more goals before the contest was over to end a two-game losing skid.

  "Every timeout in the game tonight, we got scored on going into the timeout," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "We were probably a little more focused coming out of the timeout and when we came out of the timeout with the McGauley line, they scored which stood up to be the winning goal.  I think just to grab the momentum on the shift after the timeout and turned out even better than that by scoring to take the lead."

  Ivan Provorov had two goals and an assist and Rihards Bukarts a goal and two helpers for the Wheat Kings as they improved their East Division leading record to 7-2-1-0.

  Duncan Campbell also scored twice and combined with linemates Braylon Shmyr (1 G, 1 A) and Tanner Kaspick (2 A) for three goals, six points and a +9 rating.

  "Sure we're the fourth line, but it's nice that we can produce and help the team out with some wins," said Campbell, "Our whole line is on the plus-side and we haven't been on the ice for many goals so I think that Kelly (McCrimmon) has shown a lot of confidence in us and he trusts up to do our job and I think that's really good."

  Jesse Gabrielle added his team-leading seventh goal of the season for Brandon while Jake DeBrusk, Coda Gordon and Carter Rigby scored the goals for Swift Current.

  Jordan Papirny made 23 saves in the Brandon while Landon Bow made 34 saves in the Swift Current net.

  The Wheat Kings conclude a quick two-game home stand by hosting the Portland Winterhawks on Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  It'll be Brandon's last home game until November 7th.

Chaff...Bukarts extended his point streak to six games in Friday's game (3 G, 8 A)...Peter Quenneville has points in four straight games (2 G, 4 A)...Brandon's scratches were F John Quenneville (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy).

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Hawryluk, Quenneville Named to Team WHL

Jayce Hawryluk
  Two members of the Brandon Wheat Kings have been named to Team WHL for the upcoming Subway Super Series.

  Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville were two of the 19 players named to the squad Thursday, with an additional roster announcement expected to take place next week.

  Quenneville is currently sidelined with an upper body injury but is expected to return in time to take part in the games on November 10th in Saskatoon and November 11th in at Westman Communications Group Place in Brandon.

  Hawryluk is off to a good start to his season with five goals and nine points in seven games and attended Hockey Canada's Junior Development Camp in August.

  Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen was also named to Team WHL, with Winnipeg Jets' draft picks Eric Comrie (Tri-City), Nic Petan (Portland) and Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert) among the others named to the squad.

  Victoria Royals' coach Dave Lowry will be head coach for Team WHL, with Kelly McCrimmon of the Wheat Kings serving as the assistant coach.
John Quenneville

Eric Comrie (Tri-City Americans)
Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Madison Bowey (Kelowna Rockets)
Haydn Fleury (Red Deer Rebels)
Dillon Heatherington (Swift Current Broncos)
Joe Hicketts (Victoria Royals)
Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)
Travis Sanheim (Calgary Hitmen)
Shea Theodore (Seattle Thunderbirds

Tyson Baillie (Kelowna Rockets)
Conner Bleackley (Red Deer Rebels)
Greg Chase (Calgary Hitmen)
Jaedon Descheneau (Kootenay Ice)
Jayce Hawryluk (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Morgan Klimchuck (Regina Pats)
Nic Petan (Portland Winterhawks)
Brayden Point (Moose Jaw Warriors)
John Quenneville (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jake Virtanen (Calgary Hitmen)

Please note: Roster is subject to change and two additional players will be added to Team WHL prior to the event.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Wheat Kings' Hex at Rex Continues

The Wheat Kings set up for one of their six power-play chances Monday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a three-game Alberta road trip with a 5-2 loss in Edmonton on Thanksgiving Monday.

  Mads Eller had a goal and two assists to spark an Oil Kings offence that erupted for three unanswered second period goals after the teams played to a 0-0 tie after the opening 20 minutes.
  Brandon outshot Edmonton 13-6 in the opening period and Wheat Kings’ GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon said on CKLQ’s post-game show that being unable to get a lead from that strong start proved to be one of their downfalls.
  “Not scoring in the first when we had as good a start as we did to the game, it sure would have been helpful to play with the lead,” said McCrimmon, whose team was playing their third game in as many days.
  The Oil Kings got goals from Andrew Koep and Eller in the first half of the second period to grab a 2-0 lead, and then Brandon allowed what was likely the back-breaking goal...a shorthanded marker to Cole Benson that made it a 3-0 game.
  “Our power-play is pretty good at getting us back into hockey games and we ended up instead of scoring a power-play goal to make it 2-1, we gave up the breakaway to make it 3-0,” said McCrimmon, “That made it very difficult.”
  Eric Roy and Rihards Bukarts scored third period power-play goals for Brandon, but the club wasn’t able to close the gap any closer than to two goals at any point in the final frame.
  The Wheat Kings lost the final two games of their Alberta road trip, scoring four goals in the process and three of those came with the man advantage.
  “The concerning thing for me when you look at the last two games, one 5-on-5 goals,” added McCrimmon, “We have to look at different ways to generate goals on the road than what we have been.”
  Despite the outcomes the last two days, Brandon still sits atop the WHL’s East Division with a 6-2-1-0 record.
  The Wheat Kings return to action Friday when they host the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff...Brandon scratched F John Quenneville (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and F Tanner Kaspick (healthy)...Brandon has lost 14 straight games at Rexall Place (nine regular season, five playoff), and haven’t won in Edmonton since December 31, 2009...Bukarts now has points in five straight games (2 G, 6 A).