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Saturday, May 7, 2016

WHL Championship: Wheat Kings up 2-0


BRANDON, MB, May 7, 2016 - The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 3-2 in overtime Saturday at Westman Place in Game 2 of the WHL Championship. 
The Wheat Kings now have a 2-0 series lead. They won Game 1 3-2 in overtime Friday night
Jayce Hawryluk scored the game winning goal at 6:56 of overtime. Hawryluk threw the puck on net from the right corner and was able to beat Seattle goalie Landon Bow. Tyler Coulter had the only assist.
The T-Birds will host Games 3 and 4 of the WHL Championship. Game 3 is Tuesday, May 10, at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center. Game 3, a Directors Mortgage 2-for-Tuesday game, is officially SOLD OUT. The game features $2 concession specials on beer, hot dogs, popcorn and soda.
Game 4 of the WHL Championship will be a White Out Wednesday game on May 11. The first 5,000 fans at Game 4 will receive a special, limited edition FREE T-Birds white t-shirt. The puck drops at 7:05pm at ShoWare Center for Game 4.
There are approximately 1,200 tickets left for Game 4 of the WHL Championship. Tickets for Game 4 are currently on sale on the T-Birds website and at the ShoWare Center box office. The ShoWare Center box office is open Monday through Friday 10 am to 5 pm.
Root Sports Northwest will be airing Games 2, 3 and 4 of the series on a tape delay this week. Game 2 will be shown Sunday, May 8 at 5:30pm PT. Game 3 will be shown at 1:30am PT following the game. Game 4 will be shown at midnight following the game and again at 12:30am the next day, which is Friday, May 13.
Both teams had 11 shots on goal in the first period. 
Seattle took a 1-0 lead one minute into the second period on Donovan Neuls second goal of the series. Scott Eansor carried the puck out of the left corner and crossed the puck to Neuls in the right circle. Neuls ripped a wrist shot over Brandon goalie Jordan Papirny's left shoulder. Ryan Gropp had the second assist on the goal.
Brandon tied the game 1-1 with a shorthanded goal from Nolan Patrick at 2:21 of the second. Ivan Provorov had the only assist.
Brandon outshot Seattle 12-11 in the second period and led 23-22 in shots after two periods. 
Seattle took a 2-1 lead with power-play goal by Ethan Bear at 10:30 of the third period. Jerret Smith passed the puck from the right point across to Bear inside the blue line. Bear took a slap shot, that might have been tipped, and beat Papirny over the blocker. Mathew Barzal had the second assist on the goal. 
Brandon tied it 2-2 at 14:40 of the third on a goal from Tyler Coulter. Patrick and Hawryluk had the assists. 
Seattle outshot Brandon 15-12 in the third period and led 37-35 in shots after 60 minutes. 
Brandon outshot Seattle 4-2 in overtime. 
Bow stopped 36 of 39 shots in the loss. 
Papirny made 37 saves on 39 shots. 
WHL Championship Schedule
Game 1 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 2 At Brandon 3, Seattle 2, OT
Game 3 Tuesday, May 10 at Seattle, 7:05pm
Game 4 Wednesday, May 11 at Seattle, 7:05pm
Game 5 Friday, May 13 at Seattle, 7:35pm*
Game 6 Sunday, May 15 at Brandon, 5pm*
Game 7 Monday, May 16 at Brandon, 5pm*
* if necessary
(all time PST)
SCORING SUMMARY
First period - No scoring. Penalties - Hawryluk, Brn (goaltender interference), 8:51. Hauf, Sea (slashing), 17:21
Second period - 1, Seattle, Neuls 4 (Eansor, Gropp), 1:00. 2, Brandon, Patrick 12 (Provorov) 2:21 (sh). Penalties - Kaspick, Brn (goaltender interference), 1:59. Thomson, Brn (roughing), 4:36. Leth, Sea (roughing), 4:36. Ottenbreit, Sea (interference), 10:26. Coulter, Brn (roughing), 13:57.
Third period - 3, Seattle, Bear 7 (Smith, Barzal), 10:30 (pp). 4, Brandon, Coulter 5 (Patrick, Hawryluk), 14:40Penalties - Eansor, Sea (tripping), 1:17. Hauf, Sea (delay of game), 8:04. Patrick, Brn (interference), 8:07. Wheaton, Brn (cross checking), 9:22. Hauf, Sea (tripping), 10:37
Overtime - 5, Brandon, Hawryluk 3 (Coulter), 6:56Penalties - No penalties. 
Shots on goal - Seattle 11-11-15-2 39, Brandon 11-12-12-4 39Goalies - Seattle, Bow 39 shots-36 saves (12-3); Brandon, Papirny 39-37 (14-4). Power plays - Seattle 1-5; Brandon 0-5. A - 5,621. Referees - Steve Papp, Reagan Vetter. Linesmen - Chris Carlson, Cody Huseby.

Courtesy Thunderbirds PR
Ian Henry





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