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In the Pipeline: Huge Night for Hawryluk

by Mike Lewis / Florida Panthers

Photo Courtesy of WheatKings.com


HUGE NIGHT FOR HAWRYLUK

In game five of the Western Hockey League finals, Jayce Hawryluk stepped up in a major way, recording six points (3-3-6), including a hat trick to fuel the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 8-4 win over the Seattle Thunderbirds and win the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time since 1996. Hawryluk recorded two assists before scoring his first goal of the game in the second period. His third and final assist of the contest set up Nolan Patrick's game-winning goal.

The fiery forward finished the postseason with 30 points (7-23-30) in 21 games, averaging 1.43 points per game.

Check out all three goals:

Drafted by Brandon in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2011 WHL Draft, Hawryluk has spent his entire major junior career playing for the Wheat Kings. After the victory on Friday, Hawryluk spoke to WHL TV post-game about winning the Chynoweth Cup with his longtime team.

“It’s so hard to sum that up in such little time, but I’ve been here for four years, started from the bottom…didn’t even make the playoffs, was last in the league,” Hawryluk told WHL TV. “Every year we just got better and better. There’s so many guys on this team that have been through it with me and I’m just so proud of everyone. We knew we had a special team right from the beginning. It just took time, you’re not going to win it overnight. It took four years and finally we’re here and we’re going to celebrate.”

What’s next for Hawryluk and the WHL Champion Wheat Kings?

The Memorial Cup Tournament in Red Deer, Alberta.

In order to win the Memorial Cup and claim the title of Canadian Hockey League Champions, the Wheat Kings will have to face off against the Ontario Hockey League Champion London Knights, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and host team, Red Deer Rebels.

Hawryluk and the Wheat Kings will face the Huskies in their first match-up on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

MATHESON SET TO FACE BARKOV & JOKINEN

In six World Championship games, Michael Matheson has recorded five points (2-3-5) for Team Canada and is tied for first in the tournament with a plus-11 rating. Matheson will face his Panthers teammates Aleksander Barkov and Jussi Jokinen today as Canada plays Finland at 1:15 ET. Both teams are atop Group B with 6-0 records.

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