Team White captures Scotiabank Skills Day

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December 1, 2013, Brandon, MB. (ISN) –  Led by the likes of Ryan Pilon, Jayce Hawryluk and John Quenneville, Team White scored a 7-3 victory over Team Black Sunday afternoon at the 2013 Scotiabank Skills Day at Westman Communications Group Place.

The 17-year old Duck Lake, Saskatchewan product, who was acquired from the Lethbridge Hurricanes last month captured the Accuracy event by hitting four of five targets to edge out Tim McGauley and captain Ryan Pulock. Both hit four of six targets in the event.

A member of Team Black, Pulock won the Hardest Shot event for the second straight season with a shot of 101 mph, matching last year’s record breaking performance. Finishing second to the Grandview product was Hawryluk, who fired a 98 mph slapshot.

A 17-year old native of Roblin, Hawryluk teamed up with Quenneville and Tim McGauley to lead Team White to a win in the Trick Shot competition.

Winner of the other individual award was Minnedosa’s Chad Robinson, who won the Fastest Skating event with an impressive time of 12.5 seconds, which bettered last year’s winning time of 12.84 set by Swiss forward Alessio Bertaggia.

As for the other events, Team White captured both Shootout rounds as well as the 3 on 3 and Puck Control relays. Team Black managed to win the final event of the day – the Full Team Breakaway.

Sunday’s win also made a winner of Honorary Stick Kid Captain Chris Fontaine of Brandon. Chris and Reece Lockhart were chosen from a number of entries received at Brandon’s two Scotiabank locations. In addition to joining their hockey heroes on both the ice and the players bench throughout the day, the two received replica jerseys as well.

Sunday’s Skills Day closed out a busy weekend for the Wheat Kings, who picked up three of a possible four points after beating Moose Jaw 8-4 on Friday, before dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders on Saturday.

Brandon’s next home game is Wednesday against the Regina Pats. Tickets to the game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at wheatkings.com.

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