Wheaties Clinch Eastern Conference

The Brandon Wheat Kings are heading for the Western Hockey League Championship Final –

The Brandon Wheat Kings scored five second period goals Friday night en route to an 8-2 win over the visiting Calgary Hitmen to win the best of seven Eastern Conference Final four games to one.

The Brandon Wheat Kings, who will be making their first appearance in the League Championship Final in ten years, erased a 1-0 first period deficit by scoring five goals in a span of seven minutes – including goals by Ryan Pilon and Nolan Patrick ten seconds apart – and cruised to the win before over 5,300 fans at Westman Communications Group Place.

Roblin’s Jayce Hawryluk led the way with two goals and two assists while John Quenneville added a pair. Rounding out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who will now meet the winner of the Western Conference Final between Portland and Kelowna, were Tim McGauley and Eric Roy.

wheaties clinch

The Brandon Wheat Kings are heading to the WHL Finals!

Pavel Karnaukhov and Adam Tambellini scored for the Hitmen, who had won the Central Division this past season with a record of 45-22-1-4.

Despite the score, Brandon’s netminder Jordan Papirny could have easily been the best player on the ice Friday.  The former first round bantam draft choice turned aside 31 shots, including seventeen in the first period when the Hitmen threatened to grab a big lead.

The 18-year old Edmonton product made at least four big stops in the first period when the Hitmen opened the scoring.

In the Calgary net meanwhile, Mack Shields and Brendan Burke combined to stop 26 of 34 in the Calgary net.

With the series win – Brandon’s second in three years against the Hitmen – the Brandon Wheat Kings advance to the Championship Final for the first time since 2005 when Tyler Mosienko, Blake Comeau, Shea Weber and the Kelowna Rockets defeated Eric Fehr, Tyler Plante, Ryan Stone and the Brandon Wheat Kings four games to one.

Speaking of the Rockets, they edged the Winterhawks 2-1 Friday night to grab a 3-2 series lead, with game six scheduled for Sunday in Portland.  Should a seventh and deciding game be necessary, it will be played Tuesday night in Kelowna.

While the schedule for the best of seven Championship Final to determine the WHL representative at the MasterCard Memorial Cup in Quebec City will not be finalized until early next week, the Brandon Wheat Kings have confirmed that games one and two will be played Friday and Saturday nights at Westman Place.

Tickets to the first two games of the League Championship, presented by ROGERS, will go on sale Monday morning at 8am at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling 726-3555.

courtesy of  BrandonWheatKings.com

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