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12 MANITOBA PLAYERS AND 3 COACHES IN 2015 WHL FINALS

by Hockey Manitoba  |  May 5, 2015 10:07 pm

CALGARY, AB – The 2015 WHL Championship Series, presented by Rogers, begins Friday between the WHL Eastern Conference Champion Brandon Wheat Kings and the WHL Western Conference Champion Kelowna Rockets. The 2015 WHL Championship Series will open in Brandon as the Wheat Kings and Rockets battle to become the 49th WHL Champions and earn a spot at the 2015 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Quebec City, QC.

Brandon and Kelowna meet in the WHL Championship Series for the first time since 2005 when the Rockets defeated the Wheat Kings in five games. Former Rockets defenseman and current Nashville Predator Shea Weber was named the WHL Playoffs MVP that year after recording 17 points (9g-8a).

 

WHL Championship Series presented by Rogers – Game Schedule

Date Game Away   Home Time
Friday, May 8 1 Kelowna @ Brandon 7:30pm CDT
Saturday, May 9 2 Kelowna @ Brandon 7:30pm CDT
Monday, May 11 3 Brandon @ Kelowna 7:05pm PDT
Wednesday, May 13 4 Brandon @ Kelowna 7:05pm PDT
Friday, May 15 5* Brandon @ Kelowna 7:05pm PDT
Sunday, May 17 6* Kelowna @ Brandon 7:00pm CDT
Monday, May 18 7* Kelowna @ Brandon 7:00pm CDT

*If necessary

 

WHL Championship Series presented by Rogers – Broadcast Schedule

Games during the WHL Championship Series will be available on WHL on SHAW across Shaw TV’s Western Canadian network and on Shaw HD channel 304. Fans can also subscribe to WHL Live to view the game live on demand at www.whllive.com. Shaw will also air the 2015 WHL Awards beginning at 4:30pm PT prior to Games 1 and 2 on Shaw TV and Shaw HD channel 304.

 

Tickets:

Click HERE for ticket information in Brandon.

Click HERE for ticket information in Kelowna.

 
Here’s a look at the 2015 WHL Championship Series match-up:

BRANDON WHEAT KINGS vs KELOWNA ROCKETS


2014-15 Regular Season Records
Brandon:                                   53-11-4-4, 114pts
Kelowna:                                   53-13-5-1, 112pts

2014-15 Head-to-Head Records
Brandon:                                   0-1-0-0, 0pts
Kelowna:                                   1-0-0-0, 2pts
Kelowna won the lone regular season match-up between the two Clubs by a score of 6-1 on October, 25th in Kelowna. (GAME SUMMARY)

Brandon Wheat Kings

2015 WHL Playoffs Scoring Leaders
John Quenneville (BDN)           15gp-10g-9a (19pts)
Jayce Hawryluk (BDN)              12gp-10g-8a (18pts)
Tim McGauley(BDN)                 15gp-6g-11a (17pts)
Peter Quenneville (BDN)           15gp-7g-9a (16pts)
The Brandon Wheat Kings reach the WHL Championship Series for the seventh time in franchise history, having previously won the Ed Chynoweth Cup twice. In 1996, the Wheat Kings defeated the Spokane Chiefs in five games to claim top honours and were also crowned WHL Champions in 1979 when they defeated the Portland Winter Hawks in six games.

The Wheat Kings journey this season continues as they eliminated the Calgary Hitmen in five games in the WHL Eastern Conference Championship Series in which they outscored the Hitmen 29-13.

Offensively, John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk are two of nine Wheat Kings that have collected at least 10 points thus far in the 2015 WHL Playoffs. Wheat Kings’ forward, and regular season top scorer, Tim McGauley has been consistent as he has collected 17 points (6g-11a) so far in the post-season of which eight (1g-7a) came against the Hitmen.

Defensively, draft eligibles Ivan Provorov and Ryan Pilon are key members of a blue line that has only given up 34 goals in 15 post-season games as Brandon enters the WHL Championship Series.

The power play has clicked for the Wheat Kings as their 19 goals on the man advantage lead all Clubs in the WHL Playoffs. The Wheat Kings power play has converted on 32.2% of its opportunities while the penalty kill has been effective 83.3% of the time. Brandon is also dangerous when good early, as they are undefeated when leading after one period.

Goaltender Jordan Papirny has been steady in net for the Wheat Kings and enters the WHL Championship series with a 12-2-1 record to go along with a 2.17 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.
Kelowna Rockets

2015 WHL Playoffs Scoring Leaders
Leon Draisaitl (KEL)                 15gp-6g-15a-21pts
Tyson Baillie (KEL)                   15gp-9g-11a-20pts
Nick Merkley (KEL)                   15gp-2g-18a-20pts
Madison Bowey (KEL)              15gp-7g-9a-16pts

The Kelowna Rockets return to the WHL Championship Series for the first time since 2009 when they dispatched the Calgary Hitmen in six games to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Altogether, the Rockets make their fourth appearance in the WHL Championship Series, having won all three prior appearances in 2003, 2005 and 2009.

En route to their date with the Wheat Kings, the Rockets prevailed over the Portland Winterhawks in six games to end the Hawks run of four consecutive WHL Championship Series appearances.

Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl leads the Club in post-season scoring with 21 points (6g-15a), currently good for fourth in the WHL Playoffs. Rockets forward Tyson Baillie has been a big moment player for Kelowna as he leads all players with five game-winning goals, including two in overtime. The Rockets also own a balanced attack as they have 10 players with at least three goals so far.

Defensively, team captain Madison Bowey leads a back end that has been reliable throughout the post-season and has only allowed 39 goals in 15 games. Trade acquisition and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey adds another potent dimension to the blue line.

Even against the offensively gifted Winterhawks, the Rockets’ penalty kill has been a key to success with an 87.1% efficiency, second amongst playoff Clubs.

Look for the Rockets to count on Jackson Whistle in goal, while rookie Michael Herringer has also proved up to the task when called upon. Whistle has posted a 2.60 goals against average, a .914 save percentage and a league-leading three shutouts to earn nine of Kelowna’s wins. Meanwhile, Herringer boasts a 1.96 goals against average and a .934 save percentage with three victories. 


Current NHL Prospects

Brandon Wheat Kings

Player

Position

YOB

NHL Club
Jayce Hawryluk

C

1996

Florida Panthers
Peter Quenneville

RW

1994

Columbus Blue Jackets
John Quenneville

C

1996

New Jersey Devils
Morgan Klimchuk

LW

1995

Calgary Flames
Reid Duke

C

1996

Minnesota Wild
Eric Roy

D

1994

Calgary Flames

Kelowna Rockets

Player

Position

YOB

NHL Club
Josh Morrissey

D

1995

Winnipeg Jets
Justin Kirkland

LW

1996

Nashville Predators
Leon Draisaitl

C

1995

Edmonton Oilers
Madison Bowey

D

1995

Washington Capitals
Mitchell Wheaton

D

1995

Detroit Red Wings
Rourke Chartier

C

1996

San Jose Sharks
Tyrell Goulbourne

LW

1994

Philadelphia Flyers

 

2015 NHL Draft Prospects

Brandon Wheat Kings

Player

Position

YOB

NHL CSS Final Ranking
Ivan Provorov

D

1997

7 (NA Skaters)
Ryan Pilon

D

1996

24 (NA Skaters)
Jordan Papirny

G

1996

28 (NA Goalies)
Tim McGauley

C

1995

165 (NA Skaters)

 

Kelowna Rockets

Player

Position

YOB

NHL CSS Final Ranking
Nick Merkley

RW

1997

23 (NA Skaters)
Devante Stephens

D

1997

116 (NA Skaters)
Joe Gatenby

D

1997

174 (NA Skaters)

 

 


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