Hawryluk, Wheat Kings swept by Kelowna in WHL finals

Image courtesy of Shawn Coates
Image courtesy of Shawn Coates

It’s been a rough week for the Brandon Wheat Kings and Panthers prospect Jayce Hawryluk. They faced 2015 Draft-eligible Nick Merkley and the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Championship series, and the winner of the best-of-7 series would move on to the Memorial Cup tournament.

The Kelowna Rockets completed the 4-game sweep of the Wheat Kings with a 3-0 win last night over the Wheat Kings and will move on to compete for the Memorial Cup trophy beginning on May 21st. Kelowna scored three goals in the third period with two of them being short handed goals that came 19 seconds apart. Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick of the Oilers in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored the game-winning goal, and Nick Merkley scored the third goal of the game for the Rockets.

Drafted 32nd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft by the Panthers, Jayce Hawryluk ended the playoffs with 19 points in 16 games, which was good for 2nd on the team despite playing in 3 less games than the leading scorer who had one more point. However, Hawryluk finished the series against Kelowna with just one point and a minus 10 rating. Prior to the series, he only had two playoff games this year where he failed to registered a point.

Hawryluk will likely to return to the Wheat Kings next season for what will be his 4th season in the WHL. He has totaled 172 points in 174 career regular season WHL games, with 65 of those coming in 54 games this season.

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