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Brandon Wheat Kings’ Jayce Hawryluk gets out of hospital, scores big goal to oust Regina Pats (VIDEO)

Neate Sager
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Hawryluk collapsed in the dressing room after Brandon's win Wednesday (Larry MacDougal, CP)

Just call him Hollywood Hawryluk, since this script sounds like something directly out of a cheesy sports movie.

Jayce Hawryluk of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings, who collapsed after his team's game on Wednesday, got released from hospital on Friday and scored a dagger goal during an elimination game against the Regina Pats fewer than 10 hours later.

It was a pretty nice toe-drag move from the 18-year-old native of Roblin, Man., too, as he pulled the puck back and used a defenceman as a screen.

That goal early in the third period gave the Wheat Kings a two-goal lead. It pulled away for a 5-1 win to oust the long-time rival Pats and earn a second-round matchup vs. the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Hawryluk "experienced shortness of breath and bec[a]me lightheaded" after scoring a hat trick during Brandon's win on Wednesday. That causing concern for his overall well-being to ripple across the junior hockey universe. The Wheat Kings were ready to "rally around it" if he was unable to play.

However, after two days of tests at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, the NHL draft prospect was discharged. He did not skate with the Wheat Kings during the day and the team warmed up before the game at Westman Financial Place with 21 players, one more than it is allowed to dress, in case Hawryluk had to be pulled out.

"I was going to do whatever I could to be in the lineup tonight with the guys," Hawryluk told Brandon's CKLQ. "After all the support I've been receiving from them, I want to be there for them. I was able to play so it was good."

The goal gave Hawryluk, who had 64 points across 59 regular-season games, the team scoring lead with five goals and 10 points in the four-game series. He pulled that off despite the health scare.

"His energy wasn't great but there was absolutely no risk and, really, there was no reason not to play him," Wheat Kings coach-GM Kelly McCrimmon told CKLQ. "I thought he was able to make a real good contribution to the game."

This should probably be viewed more through the lens of marveling at how Hawryluk was able to regroup after a surely stressful 48 hours. Jesse Gabrielle and John Quenneville had the assists on the goal. Hawryluk, before nodding off in his own bed instead of a hospital bed, made sure to acknowledge a few other assists too, namely the health-care professionals who surely kept his mind at ease during the ordeal.

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet.

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