Wheaties Al­berta bound, up 2-0

Pa­trick stars as Bran­don downs Red Deer at West­man Place

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - HOCKEY - By Perry Berg­son

WHEAT KINGS 6 REBELS 4

BRAN­DON — Nolan Pa­trick had two goals and two as­sists as the Bran­don Wheat Kings beat the Red Deer Rebels 6-4 in Game 2 of the East­ern Con­fer­ence best-of-seven fi­nal at West­man Place Satur­day.

The vic­tory gives the Wheat Kings a 2-0 lead in the West­ern Hockey League se­ries af­ter they won 4-3 in over­time in Game 1 Fri­day. Game 3 takes places at the En­max Cen­trium at Red Deer Tues­day.

Pa­trick’s sec­ond goal came with 5:31 left in the third pe­riod af­ter a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort by line­mate Jayce Hawry­luk left the puck all alone in the slot. Pa­trick picked it up and ripped a shot over Red Deer starter Ry­lan Toth’s shoul­der for the win­ner in a game in front of 5,353 fans that saw the Rebels take three leads.

“It was back and forth, a lit­tle more than we like it to be, but ev­ery­one stepped up, Jayce and (Tyler) Coul­ter and (goalie Jor­dan Papirny) is al­ways our best player back there,” Pa­trick said. “He was great tonight too.”

Hawry­luk had four as­sists and Coul­ter had a goal and an as­sist. The line, which went on a tear in the fi­nal half of the sea­son, was dis­man­tled in the se­ries with the Ed­mon­ton Oil Kings and re­united in the semi­fi­nal with the Moose Jaw War­riors.

Bran­don head coach and gen­eral man­ager Kelly McCrim­mon said the mid­dle frame was his team’s most com­plete of the se­ries as they out­shot Red Deer 19-8, although they led only 3-2 af­ter 40 min­utes.

“It was a real close game,” McCrim­mon said.

“I liked our first pe­riod a lot and I thought our sec­ond pe­riod was the best of the se­ries. The only thing I didn’t like at the end of the sec­ond was the score. We played aw­fully well to be only lead­ing by one goal. We ex­pected a push in the third, which they gave us.”

The teams went to the dress­ing rooms af­ter 20 min­utes tied.

With nine sec­onds left in their third power play of the first pe­riod and Bran­don un­able to clear the zone, Jake DeBrusk tipped the puck and it bounced off a prone Papirny into the net.

Tim McGauley tied just it just over four min­utes later when the over-age Bran­don for­ward con­verted dur­ing a five- on-three power play for his sev­enth goal in the last six play­off games.

Red Deer cap­tain Luke Philp, a trade dead­line ac­qui­si­tion from the Koote­nay Ice, re­stored the lead 23 sec­onds into the sec­ond af­ter the puck took a funny bounce when shot into the Bran­don zone and he snapped a shot off the post by Papirny to put his team up 2-1.

Not sur­pris­ingly, based on the early play in the se­ries, Bran­don came back to tie it when Pa­trick, a 17-year- old Win­nipeg­ger, whipped in the re­bound on a chance cre­ated by Hawry­luk.

Kale Clague then put the Wheat Kings up 3-2 just over two min­utes later when his shot from the point eluded a screened Toth in a goal al­most

COLIN CORNEAU / BRAN­DON SUN

Bran­don play­ers cel­e­brate Tim McGauley’s first- pe­riod goal, which tied the game 1-1 Satur­day night at West­man Place.

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