WYTINCK PUTS GOLF ON HOLD, FOCUSING ON WHL DREAM

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Glenboro, MB (Westman Journal) – One of Manitoba’s most talented young golfers has decided to put the clubs in the shed for the summer, to allow his focus to remain on his WHL hockey career.

Glenboro’s Zach Wytinck, who was a member of Team Manitoba at the 2017 Canada Games just wrapped up his 2nd season with the Brandon Wheat Kings and posted a career year, scoring once and adding 19 assists for 23 points.

Heading into his 19-year-old season, Wytinck felt that he needs to spend the summer in the gym, not on the links.

“I’ve always loved both sports,” said Wytinck. “I think the competitiveness, pace and team aspect of hockey has always drawn me to it more than golf. When I got the opportunity to play for the Wheat Kings, I felt it was something i’d wanted and showed me that hockey was the right decision.”

For Wytinck, he doesn’t have to look far to see where either sport can take him. His brother Josh was the 2014 University Golf Champion with the Manitoba Bison and played pro golf for a number of years before turning to coaching. On the other side of the coin, Glenboro’s Cale Jefferies, a former Wheat King has been an inspiration for Wytinck on the hockey side. Jefferies recently wrapped up a five year university hockey career with the Guelph Gryphons.

After recently aging out of the “Junior” category in the golf world, Wytinck has turned his attention to his off season training in the gym and on the ice.

“I’m working with Paul Thompson at Outperforme Athletics right now and i’m focused on building strength and power,” said Wytinck. “I’m also working hard with (Wheat Kings Skills Coach) Dave Lewis on the ice and on the track to get faster.”

After playing 29 games in his rookie season and splitting the year with the Wheaties and the Southwest Cougars, Wytinck’s career year in 17/18 has him excited for the future.

“I am pretty happy with my development especially looking back to last year when I was sent down until now,” added Wytinck. “I am getting older now and I want to contribute more and be that much better this year. As a team we went through some ups and downs but I think the way we finished says a lot about the guys in the room.”

After regularly competing in the Manitoba Junior Championship, the Manitoba Men’s Amateur Championship and the Manitoba Junior Golf Tour in summers gone by, the Wheat King defenseman says he will keep the golf to a fun weekend event with friends and family.

“I’ve really put golf in the backseat you could say. I plan to play on the weekends and get as many rounds in as I can with my brother. He’s getting older now so I have to take advantage and maybe beat him for a change,” said Wytinck with a chuckle.

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HURRICANES ADVANCE WITH SHUTOUT WIN

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Lethbridge, AB (CKLQ) – The Lethbridge Hurricanes punched their ticket to the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final with a 3-0 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

The Hurricanes had a flurry of chances in the first period and opened the scoring on a short-handed breakaway. New York Ranger prospect Brad Morrison snapped home his 11th of the post-season to send the sellout crowd at the Enmax Centre into a frenzy.

The goal from Morrison came just moments after Taylor Ross was awarded a penalty shot. Dylan Myskiw read it perfectly and turned it aside with the blocker.

In the 2nd the Hurricanes added to their lead on the powerplay as Logan Barlage found a loose puck and buried it past Dylan Myskiw.

The Wheat Kings tried desperately to get back into the hockey game but couldn’t beat Logan Flodell. The overage goalie made 32 saves for his first shutout of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Brad Morrison would seal the game with an empty netter late in the third period, sending the Hurricanes to the conference final vs the winner of the Swift Current / Moose Jaw Series.

Dylan Myskiw made 27 saves in the losing effort and finishes the post-season with a 5-4 record and a 3.51 goals against average.

A full season recap with quotes from Head Coach David Anning and GM Grant Armstrong will follow in the coming days.

CROWE’S NOTES

-The Wheat Kings scratched Logan Thompson (Lower Body), Ty Ettinger (Healthy), Jonny Hooker (Healthy) & Baron Thompson (Healthy).

-In a classy move, the Hurricanes named all three overage Wheat Kings as the game’s  Three Stars. Evan Weinger, Logan Thompson and James Shearer each were saluted by the crowd following the game.

-Attendance at the Enmax Centre was 5,249

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH – Brad Morrison (11) (Bellerive, Prefontaine) 10:09 SHG

Shots: 11-11

2nd PERIOD

LETH – Logan Barlage (4) (Olsen, Elmer) 10:53 PPG

Shots: 12-10 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Brad Morrison (12) (Unassisted) 19:54 EN

Final Shots: 32-30 Brandon

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HURRICANES OUTLAST WHEATIES IN GAME FOUR

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings dug themselves an early hole and couldn’t climb out of it in game four on Wednesday night as they fell 7-4 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes scored four goals before the media timeout of the first period. Brad Morrison, who continues to lead the ‘Canes in playoff scoring had two goals and an assist in the first period alone.

The Wheat Kings would come to life in the early stages of the 2nd period as they scored three unanswered goals. Marcus Sekundiak scored his fifth of the post-season followed up with goals from Luka Burzan and Stelio Mattheos.

With Brandon within one, the Hurricanes responded.

Zane Franklin scored his first of the post-season to restore the two goal lead. His late 2nd period goal would stand up as the eventual game-winner.

The Hurricanes would make it a 6-3 game when Jake Elmer scored just 97 seconds into third period.

Ty Lewis would give Brandon some life in the third but it was a close as the Wheat Kings would get.

Logan Barlage would seal the game with a late goal sending the Hurricanes back to Lethbridge with a 3-1 series lead.

Dylan Myskiw allowed all seven goals, stopping 20 of 27 while Logan Flodell bounced back for the ‘Canes making 27 saves for the win.

The Wheat Kings will now face elimination for the first time this season on Friday night. Puck drop at the Enmax Centre is set for 8:00 MB time. The Q Country pre-game show will hit the airwaves at 7:30.

CROWE’S NOTES

-The Wheat Kings scratched Logan Thompson (Lower Body), Ty Ettinger (Healthy), Jonny Hooker (Healthy) & Gunnar Wegleitner (Healthy).

-The QCountry / Star FM pre-game tail-gate party raised $14,000 for the Humboldt Broncos. Federated Co-op will match that number, bringing the total amount raised to $28,000.

-Ty Lewis was awarded the first penalty shot of the playoffs for the Wheat Kings in the 2nd period. Logan Flodell stopped the snapshot with his blocker.

-Attendance at Westoba Place was. 3,244

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH – Brad Morrison (9) (Joseph, Olsen)
LETH – Jake Elmer (3) (Morrison) 5:11
LETH – Dylan Cozens (4) (Bellerive, Ross) 8:34
LETH – Brad Morrison (10) (Elmer) 10:05

Shots: 10-8 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (5) (McCartney, Higson) 3:28
BWK – Luka Burzan (5) (Schneider, Lewis) 6:14
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (6) (McCorrister, Wytinck) 12:18 (Delayed Penalty)
LETH – Zane Franklin (1) (Barlage) 15:25

Shots: 14-11 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Jake Elmer (4) (Unassisted) 1:37
BWK – Ty Lewis (6) (Mattheos, Bukac) 4:34
LETH – Logan Barlage (3) (Zudilov, Addison) 17:02

Final Shots: 31-27 Brandon

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MATTHEOS LEADS BRANDON TO VICTORY

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – A little home cooking was all that the Brandon Wheat Kings needed to get back into the WHL’s Eastern Conference Semi-Final.

Stelio Mattheos (1G-3A) & Linden McCorrister (1G-2A) and Luka Burzan (2G) lead the way for the Wheat Kings as they beat the Lethbridge Hurricanes 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Wheat Kings scored first for just the third time in the WHL Playoffs as Linden McCorrister lit the lamp just 3:57 into the game.

In a truly heart warming moment, Humboldt’s Logan Barlage scored his 2nd of the post-season late in the first period. Barlage celebrated by pointing to the sky, in recognition of the 15 people who lost their lives in the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus accident on Friday night.

A couple of Brandon Boys would find their way onto the score sheet one after the other. Ty Lewis made it 2-1 Brandon late in the first before Calen Addison tied the game up early in the 2nd.

Luka Burzan and Brad Morrison would exchange goals before the midway point of the 2nd period to tie the game at three.

With less than 2:25 left in the middle frame, the Wheat Kings rattle off two quick goals, giving them their largest lead of the night at 5-3.

The Hurricanes would get a powerplay goal in the third period to cut the lead to one, but that was a close as they would get.

Dylan Myskiw made 35 saves for his 5th career post-season win while Logan Flodell took the loss, turning aside 35 shots as well.

Game four goes Wednesday night at Westoba Place. (7:00 puck drop, 6:30 broadcast)

CROWE’S NOTES

-The Wheat Kings scratched Logan Thompson (Lower Body), Ty Ettinger (Healthy), Jonny Hooker (Healthy) & Gunnar Wegleitner (Healthy).

-The Wheat Kings finished the night 1/6 on the powerplay, the Hurricanes 2/5.

-$6,680 dollars was raised tonight in support of the Humboldt Broncos, with another night of fundraising set to take place during game four on Wednesday night.

-Attendance at Westoba Place was 3,710

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (5) (Gutenberg, Weinger) 3:57
LETH – Logan Barlage (2) (Franklin, Zudilov) 16:08
BWK – Ty Lewis (5) (McCorrister, Mattheos) 18:51 PPG

Shots: 18-15 Lethbridge

2nd PERIOD

LETH – Calen Addison (3) (Blocker) 2:54
BWK – Luka Burzan (3) (Lewis, Mattheos) 3:12
LETH – Brad Morrison (7) (Ross, Bellerive) 9:12 4on3
BWK – Luka Burzan (4) (McCorrister, Mattheos) 17:35
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (5) (Lewis, Hartje) 19:15

Shots: 15-12 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Brad Morrison (7) (Ross, Addison) 14:35 PPG

Final Shots: 40-39 Brandon

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HURRICANES WIN IT IN OVERTIME

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Lethbridge, AB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings find themselves in familiar territory after a 5-4 overtime loss in Lethbridge on Saturday night.

For the 2nd time in the 2018 WHL Playoffs, the Wheat Kings are down two games to nothing to a Central Division opponent.

“Both teams took a lot of penalties tonight and it took the flow out of the game,” said Wheat Kings Head Coach David Anning.

Fourteen minor penalties were called on the night, however unlike in game number one powerplay goals were at a premium. Both teams combined for just one powerplay marker on the night.

Brandon scored first in the game for just the second time in eight playoff games and quickly opened up a 4-0 lead early in the 2nd period. After the 4th goal, the Hurricanes took their thirty second timeout. That proved to be a turning point as Lethbridge finished the period on a 2-0 run with a four on four goal and a short-handed marker.

In the third, the Hurricanes dominated on the shot-clock, outshooting the Wheat Kings 16-7. The tying goal game with just 3:29 left on the clock as Jake Elmer finally broke and 0 for 6 run on the powerplay.

Tate Olsen would end it late in the first overtime as his shot skipped off the glove of Dylan Myskiw and over the goal line. Olsen finished the night with three points.

Brandon, who got four different goal scorers on the night now faces the same situation as in the first round series with Medicine Hat, returning home in a hole.

“We have to draw on the experiences that we’ve been there before,” said Anning. “We responded well when our backs were up against the wall and we needed to win game three and four. We need to make sure we’re ready to play on Tuesday.”

Brandon will be playing their first playoff game at the Keystone Centre since May 7th, 2016 when they beat Seattle 3-2 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead on route to the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

“We’re excited to come home. There is going to be lots of energy in the building,” added Anning. “We worked hard to get back to Brandon. We gave ourselves a chance to play in the 2nd round and now we want to make the most of it.”

Tickets for game’s three and four are on sale now at the Keystone Centre Box Office and online.

CROWE’S NOTES

-The Wheat Kings scratched Logan Thompson (Lower Body), Ty Ettinger (Healthy), Jonny Hooker (Healthy) & Gunnar Wegleitner (Healthy).

-Attendance at the Enmax Centre was 4,412

-Both teams came together at centre ice prior to game two for a moment of silence to remember the 15 lives lost in the tragic bus accident in Saskatchewan yesterday. A tip of the cap goes to ‘Canes GM Peter Anholt and Communications Director Dustin Forbes for organizing a very special and emotional moment.

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SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (4) (Bettens, Myskiw) 2:53

Shots: 14-5 Lethbridge

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (3) (Unassisted) 2:55
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (4) (McCorrister) 3:36
BWK – Evan Weinger (3) (McCorrister, Schneider) 4:27 SHG
LETH – Jordy Bellerive (7) (Olsen, Morrison) 15:26 4on4
LETH – Taylor Ross (8) (Cozens) 17:29 SHG

Shots: 15-6 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Jody Bellerive (8) (Stanley, Wilson) 12:11
LETH – Jake Elmer (2) (Olsen, Franklin) 17:22 PPG

Shots: 16-7 Lethbridge

OVERTIME

LETH – Tate Olsen (3) (Morrison, Bellerive) 16:31

Final Shots: 47-33 Lethbridge

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HURRICANES POWERPLAY SINKS WHEAT KINGS

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Lethbridge, AB (CKLQ) – Special teams was key in game one of the WHL’s Eastern Conference semi-final as the Lethbridge Hurricanes knocked off the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-1 on Friday night.

The Hurricanes scored four powerplay goals and added a short-handed marker to take a 1-0 series lead over the Wheat Kings.

“We didn’t do a good job on the penalty kill at all,” said Head Coach David Anning. “I thought our attention to detail was poor. We lost track of guys and I didn’t think we got into shooting lanes either.”

It was the 2nd time this season the Hurricanes had scored four powerplay goals in a game vs the Wheat Kings. Back on February 23rd, the Hurricanes went a perfect 4 for 4 on the man advantage in a 7-2 win over Brandon. That was the ‘Canes lone win vs the Wheat Kings this year.

Brandon’s Calen Addison (3A) and New York Ranger prospect Brad Morrison (3A), lead the way for the Hurricanes, who got two goal nights from Jordy Bellerive and Taylor Ross.

Marcus Sekundiak scored the lone Wheat King goal, his 3rd of the post-season.

“We have to learn from our mistakes,” added Anning. “Tonight our mistakes were our discipline and our penalty kill. At even strength I thought we did a lot of things well. We’re going to have to tighten up and clean it up, we want to have a better start to the game and play at even strength as much as possible.”

The Wheat Kings and Hurricanes will meet again Saturday night at the Enmax Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:00 p.m Manitoba Time. The Q Country pre-game show begins at 7:30.

CROWE’S NOTES:

-The Wheat Kings scratched Logan Thompson (Lower Body), Jonny Hooker (Healthy), Ty Ettinger (Healthy) & Baron Thompson (Healthy).

-The Hurricanes had thought the scored at 10:54 of the third period when Dylan Cozens rang one off the crossbar. The Hurricanes celebrated, but after video review it was determined the puck did not cross the line.

-The first fight of the series took place in the third period. Schael Higson and Matthew Stanley dropped the mitts in front of the Hurricanes bench. It’s just the 2nd fight of the post-season for the Wheat Kings.

-Attendance at the Enmax Centre was 4,049.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH – Taylor Ross (6) (Joseph) 6:23 SHG
LETH – Jordy Bellerive (5) (Morrison, Addison) 9:33 PPG

Shots: 11-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (3) (McCartney, Schneider) 6:31
LETH – Jaden Joseph (1) (Barlage, Olsen) 13:15 PPG

Shots: 11-11

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Taylor Ross (7) (Morrison, Addison) 6:20 PPG
LETH – Jordy Bellerive (6) (Morrison, Addison) 14:00 PPG

Final Shots: 35-26

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McCORRISTER THRIVING IN THE POST-SEASON

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Lethbridge, AB (Westman Journal) – Sports can be a funny thing. The difference from one year to the next can be so drastic it’s hard to believe it’s actually possible. Case in point, Brandon Wheat Kings forward Linden McCorrister.

The 19-year-old from Peguis, Manitoba entered his 3rd season with the Wheat Kings with a number of question marks. Could he stay healthy? Was he an impact player? Where did he fit in this new younger lineup?

After a dismal 2016/17 season in which injuries limited him to just 33 games, McCorrister arrived at training camp in the best shape of his life, and it quickly paid dividends.

McCorrister exploded onto the scene, scoring 20 goals, adding 23 assists in 50 games to set career highs in almost every category possible. His 43 points was good enough for fifth place in the team’s scoring race. As if his regular season outburst wasn’t enough, McCorrister was outstanding for the Wheat Kings in their first round series victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

You don’t have to look too hard to see how different a player McCorrister is this time around. Prior to this recent series vs the Tigers, McCorrister had played 24 playoff games, registering two assists while firing just one shot on goal. In six games vs the Tigers, “Lindo” as he is known in the dressing room, registered 23 shots on goal while collecting his team leading eight points (4G-4A).

“He’s been excellent for us,” said Head Coach David Anning.  “We’re in a spot where we rely heavily on him. He’s really responded well and has picked up his game to another level.”

His eight points has him tied with Ty Lewis for first in team playoff scoring. Plus, it was his OT heroics in game six that sent the Wheaties to the 2nd round of the playoffs.

“We felt we had to get to the hard areas in game six especially late in the game. We wanted to get to the goal mouth and get second chances. He drives hard to the net, with his stick on the ice and it was certainly fitting that he scored that goal.”

Despite the regular season success, McCorrister found himself playing with an assortment of linemates down the stretch. After dropping the first two games in the series with the Tigers, McCorrister found himself on a line with Evan Weinger and Connor Gutenberg where the chemistry was almost instantaneous.

“He’s starting to control shifts and do a nice job throughout the game in key situations,” added Anning. “Offensively he’s been contributing right from the start. He’s been excellent and added another element and another look to our group.”

McCorrister will now turn his attention to his team’s second round playoff opponent, the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Injuries held him out of two of the four meetings between the two clubs in the season series, but in the two games he did play he registered a pair of assists and had a +2 rating.

The Wheat Kings and Hurricanes open their series tonight at the Enmax Centre in Lethbridge. Puck drop is 8:00 p.m. Manitoba Time. (7:30 pre-game show on Q Country 91.5 FM)

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