RAIDERS TOO MUCH FOR SHORT-STAFFED WHEATIES

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Prince Albert, SK (CKLQ) – The Prince Albert Raiders picked up their 28th win of the season, 5-2 in front of a packed Art Hauser Centre on Saturday.

After a tough loss on Friday night, the Wheat Kings responded with a solid opening period in Prince Albert on Saturday night. After being outshot 9-1 in the first half of the first period, the Wheat Kings stormed back and fired 13 shots at Ian Scott in the final nine minutes of the frame.

Linden McCorrister’s 10th of the year came on the powerplay and it gave the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead heading into the dressing room.

In the second, the Raiders exploded for three goals in 1:29 seconds to take a 3-1 lead. Cole Fonstad, Kody MacDonald and Sean Montgomery scored, sending the packed Art Hauser Centre into a frenzy.

The Wheat Kings were not going to roll over and die despite being outshot 24-10 in the middle frame. Luka Burzan responded for the BWK, his 18th of the year to cut the Raider lead to one heading into the 2nd intermission.

Just 1:56 into the third period the Raiders got the insurance marker they needed as Cole Fonstad potted his 2nd of the night to re-open the two-goal lead.

Noah Gregor would add another for the Raiders who take both games of the weekend home and home by the same score.

Ian Scott earned his 2nd straight victory by making 39 saves while Jiri Patera was excellent despite the loss. The Czech import stooped 42 shots on the night.

Brandon played with just 11 forwards and 5 defensemen due to injuries and suspensions. Cole Reinhardt (Susp), Braden Schneider (Lower Body), Jonny Lambos (Upper Body), Chase Hartje (Upper Body), Jonny Hooker (Upper Body) and Lynden McCallum (Upper Body) all missed the game.

16-year-old Bode Hagan made his WHL debut. the 2017 – 7th round Bantam Draft pick finished the night without registering a point or a shot on goal.

The Wheat Kings will return to the practice ice this week in preparations for the final two games before the WHL Christmas break next weekend vs the Saskatoon Blades.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (10) (Wytinck, Gutenberg) 14:18 PPG

Shots: 14-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

P.A. – Cole Fonstad (9) (Gregor, Pachal) 14:13
P.A. – Kody MacDonald (6) (Martin, Masella) 15:11
P.A. – Sean Montgomery (13) (Leason, Martin) 16:00 PPG
BWK – Luka Burzan (18) (Greig, Mattheos) 16:50

Shots: 24-10 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD

P.A. – Cole Fonstad (10) (Gregor) 1:56
P.A. – Noah Gregor (14) (Leason) 14:30

Final Shots: 47-41 Prince Albert

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RAIDERS SNAP BWK WIN STREAK

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped a 5-2 decision to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night at Westoba Place.

Coming off a tough loss on Tuesday night, the Raiders were looking for redemption three days after the fact. Just 3:35 into the game, Eric Pearce opened the scoring for Prince Albert. He slipped past a check at the Brandon line and slipped his 3rd of the year through the wickets of Jiri Patera.

In the 2nd the Raiders again found the back of the net before the ice had time to freeze. Sean Montgomery notched his 12th of the year just 1:27 into the period to open up a 2-0 lead. With an assist on the goal, Brett Leason extended his point-scoring streak to 29 games.

Prince Albert added three more goals in a span of seven minutes to open up a 5-0 lead.

With just twelve seconds left in the period, Connor Gutenberg snapped a five-period Raiders shutout streak vs the Wheat Kings. Gutenberg took a great feed from Baron Thompson and beat Donovan Buskey along the ice to give Brandon a shade of momentum heading into the third period.

The Wheat Kings outshot the Raiders 13-6 in the third period and got a lone goal from Ben McCartney but that was as close as they would get.

The Raiders move to 27-1-0-1 on the season while the Wheat Kings four-game winning streak was snapped at four games.

Raiders goalie Donovan Buskey stopped 24 shots for his 5th win of the season while Jiri Patera allowed five goals on 41 shots to drop to 11-7-2-2 on the year.

The Wheat Kings will have to have a short memory as they head to Prince Albert on Saturday to complete the weekend home-in-home series. (7:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

P.A – Eric Pearce (3) (Miller, Martin) 3:35

Shots: 13-6 Prince Albert

2nd PERIOD

P.A – Sean Montgomery (12) (Leason, Pachal) 1:27
P.A – Cole Fonstad (8) (Guhle, Kelly) 11:58 PPG
P.A – Noah Gregor (13) (Weisblatt, Hayes) 18:19
P.A – Ozzy Weisblatt (6) (Gregor, Fonstad) 18:44
BWK – Connor Gutenberg (8) (Thompson, McCorrister) 19:47

Shots: 22-7 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Ben McCartney (7) (McCorrister) 18:14

Final Shots: 41-26 Prince Albert

 

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PATERA SOLID IN WIN OVER MEDICINE HAT

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Jiri Patera kicked aside 40 shots as the Brandon Wheat Kings won their fourth in a row Tuesday night, 4-1 over the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Patera, who was recently named the WHL Goaltender of the Week capped off an impressive week with the win. His week also included being named to the Czech Republic national team selection camp for the World Junior Championships coming up in Vancouver and Victoria.

It was a fast-paced opening period at Westoba Place as the Wheat Kings and Tigers traded chances at both ends. Luka Burzan broke the goose egg with his 17th of the year as he took a lucky bounce off a Tiger defender and beat Mads Sogaard.

In the second, the Tigers would draw even. Ryan Chyzowski picked up a pass off the penalty box doors, got around Schael Higson and beat Jiri Patera for his 11th of the season.

When it looked like Medicine Hat had taken over the momentum, Brandon responded off an offensive zone faceoff. Stelio Mattheos won the draw to Schael Higson who hammered a point shot through traffic. Sogaard made the initial save but Mattheos was there to bury the rebound for his 23rd of the year.

Midway through the third period, Linden McCorrister buried his 9th of the year to give Brandon a two-goal lead. McCorrister’s goal was his fifth marker in his last three games.

Ben McCartney would seal the victory by putting his 6th of the year into the heart of an empty net with Mads Sogaard on the Tiger bench for an extra attacker.

Sogaard finished the night with an impressive 42 saves.

Brandon is now 14-7-3-3 on the season and will open up a home and home with the league-leading Prince Albert Raiders on Friday. (7:30 on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Luka Burzan (17) (Reinhardt) 18:47

Shots: 13-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

M.H – Ryan Chyzowski (11) (Longo) 15:03
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (23) (Higson) 16:41

Shots: 20-13 Medicine Hat

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (9) (Gutenberg, Thompson) 6:00
BWK – Ben McCartney (6) (Unassisted) EN

Final Shots: 46-41 Brandon

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McCORRISTER FILLS THE HAT IN SWIFT CURRENT

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Swift Current, SK (CKLQ) – Linden McCorrister registered a hat-trick as the Brandon Wheat Kings won their third consecutive game, 5-2 over the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night.

McCorrister who continued his hot play as of late opened the scoring for the Wheat Kings on the powerplay. His 2nd goal and 3rd point in as many nights was the 17th time this season Brandon has opened the scoring.

Late in the period, Joona Kiviniemi sent the fur flying with his 5th of the year. The goal tied the game and sent both teams to the locker room as the game staff cleaned up hundreds of stuffed animals in the annual Teddy Bear Toss.

Brandon’s powerplay kept clicking in the 2nd period as Stelio Mattheos buried his 22nd of the year and 13th on the powerplay to regain the lead for the Wheat Kings.

The Broncos would tie the game late in the period. Andrew Fyten sent a seeing-eye shot from the corner that somehow beat Jiri Patera for the 2nd Broncos goal of the night. The goal was the lone blemish in a period which the Czech netminder made a number of big saves.

Patera would finish the night with 31 saves, earning his 10th win of the season.

In the third, the Wheat Kings exploded for three goals in a span of 1:18. On the powerplay, McCorrister tapped home his 2nd of the night. The goal was Brandon’s 3rd powerplay goal of the game.

0:46 seconds later, Ridly Greig stole the puck from Joel Hofer behind the net and tucked home his 6th of the season into the open net. Hofer, a St Louis draft pick stopped 30 of 35 shots he faced in the losing effort.

Before the announcer could finish calling the Greig goal, McCorrster drove the puck down the right wing and sent a backhand shot through the five-hole of Hofer for his third of the night and put the final nail in the coffin.

The win moves Brandon to 13-7-3-3 on the season. The busy stretch continues with their fourth game in six nights on Tuesday when the Medicine Hat Tigers come to town. (7:00 on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (6) (Mattheos, Wytinck) 3:10 PPG
S.C. – Joona Kiviniemi (5) (Culling) 15:36

Shots: 14-12 Swift Current

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (22) (Wytinck, Gutenberg) 14:03 PPG
S.C. – Andrew Fyten (6) (Regnier, Nagel) 16:55

Shots: 12-11 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (7) (Burzan, Wytinck) 12:15 PPG
BWK – Ridly Greig (Unassisted) 13:01
BWK – Linden McCorrister (8) (Iorio) 13:33

Final Shots: 35-33 Brandon

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BRANDON ROLLS TO 5-1 WIN

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings earned their 2nd consecutive victory, with a 5-1 win over Regina on Friday night.

In the 2nd game in three nights, the Wheat Kings got off to a quick start. For the 16th time this season the BWK opened the scoring. Schael Higson sent a stretch pass to Ben McCartney who made no mistake, beating Max Paddock with a deke that sent the Westoba Place crowd into a frenzy.

The Pats responded on their first powerplay of the night as newcomer Ty Kolle found a rebound and beat Ethan Kruger.

Before the period would end, the Wheaties would regain the lead on a faceoff play. Connor Gutenberg, who was 4/6 on the draw in the period won the puck back to Linden McCorrister who used his centreman as a screen and beat Paddock for his 5th of the season.

The Wheat Kings busted the game open in the 2nd period, by scoring twice and taking a 4-1 lead into the intermission.

First, it was Luka Burzan on the powerplay. The Surrey, BC native has now scored three times in the last two games.

Before the period would end, Cole Reinhardt scored his 2nd in as many nights, beating Paddock on a wrap-around.

Marcus Sekundiak would add an insurance marker in the third period to put the game out of reach. With an assist on the goal, Vinny Iorio registered his first career WHL point.

Ethan Kruger stopped 29 shots for his 3rd victory of the season, while Paddock took the loss, making 24 saves.

The Wheat Kings head to Swift Current Saturday night for their second meeting this week with the Broncos. (7:00 on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Ben McCartney (5) (Higson) 6:02
PATS – Ty Kolle (8) (Joseph, Evans) 10:14 PPG
BWK – Linden McCorrister (5) (Gutenberg) 11:10

Shots: 12-9 Regina

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Luka Burzan (16) (McCorrister, Wytinck) 6:21 PPG
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (4) (Mattheos) 13:50

Shots: 11-10 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (3) (Iorio) 15:09

Final Shots: 30-30

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BURZAN BURNS THE BRONCOS

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Swift Current, SK (CKLQ) – Luka Burzan, Cole Reinhardt and Stelio Mattheos combined for six points as the Brandon Wheat Kings snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 win over the Swift Current Broncos Wednesday night.

It didn’t take the Wheat Kings long to open the scoring as Luka Burzan lit the red light with his 14th of the season off a goalmouth scramble.

The Broncos would tie it late in the frame though as Andrew Fyten sent a nifty spinarama pass to Yorkton native Alex Zawatsky who beat Jiri Patera for his team-leading 8th goal of the season.

In the 2nd period, Cole Reinhardt finally got the monkey off his back, scoring for the first time in 18 games (Oct 6th vs Regina) as he took a great feed from Schael Higson, went to his backhand and beat Joel Hofer for his 3rd of the season.

Before the period would end, Caden Daley came sliding across the slot to block a point shot from Matthew Stanley, who had an open net. The puck left the zone off Daley’s shinpads, and the Winnipeg native ended up on a mini-breakaway from the bottom of the circles. Despite the attempt, his deke rolled off his stick and right to Ridly Greig who popped home his 5th of the season to give Brandon the 3-1 lead.

Zach Wytinck and Burzan would add two more in the third period to seal the game and send Brandon home on a happy bus.

Jiri Patera bounced back from being pulled last Friday with a 30 save performance while Joel Hofer stopped 33 shots for the Broncos.

2017 bantam draft pick Nolan Ritchie made his WHL debut for his hometown Wheat Kings, following in the footsteps of his father Darren. Ritchie wore #10 and finished the night with five shots and was 5/14 in the faceoff dot.

Brandon and Swift Current will meet again on Saturday back in Speedy Creek, but not before Brandon welcomes the Regina Pats to Westoba Place on Friday night. (7:30 on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Luka Burzan (14) (Reinhardt, Hartje) 3:16
SC – Alec Zawatsky (8) (Fyten, B.King) 17:56

Shots: 14-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Cole Reinhardt (3) (Higson) 7:57
BWK – Ridly Greig (5) (Daley, McCartney) 18:57

Shots: 13-10 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Zach Wytinck (2) (Burzan) 9:01
BWK – Luka Burzan (15) (Nychuk, Mattheos) 12:22

Final Shots: 38-31 Brandon

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HURRICANES STORM INTO BRANDON, WIN 8-4

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Lethbridge Hurricanes scored five powerplay goals on route to an 8-4 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night.

It was a tough start for the Wheat Kings as the Hurricanes opened the scoring just 0:38 seconds into the hockey game. After Ty Thorpe rushed the puck into the ‘Canes end for a scoring chance, the Jake Elmer turned around and snapped one past Jiri Patera to go up 1-0.

Brandon quickly responded, moments after a thunderous bodycheck along the Lethbridge bench, Ridly Greig found a rebound and buried his 4th of the year.

‘Canes captain Jordy Bellerive put his team back in front just a few moments later as he beat Patera for his 10th of the year. The Pittsburgh Penguins draft pick wasn’t done there as he set up Dylan Cozens on a 4 on 3 powerplay late in the period to open up a two-goal lead at the intermission.

The second period saw a plethora of powerplay goals with the Hurricanes getting the edge with a pair. Dylan Cozens and Ty Kolle scored for Lethbridge with Stelio Mattheos reaching the 20 goal mark on the powerplay for Brandon.

The Hurricanes outshot Brandon 20-12 in the middle frame and lead 5-2 heading to the locker room.

The goals just kept coming in the third period for the Hurricanes as they fired three more into the Brandon net to earn the 8-4 victory and improve to 2-1 on this mini, four-game East Division road trip.

Dylan Cozens finished the night with 3 goals and 3 assists for six points while Brandon’s own Calen Addison quietly picked up five assists on the night.

Stelio Mattheos scored twice for Brandon who also got a goal from Connor Gutenberg.

Jiri Patera was pulled after the first period, he allowed three goals on 16 shots. Ethan Kruger stopped 24 of the 29 shots he faced in the final forty minutes.

At the other end, Carl Tetachuk picked up his second consecutive win over the Wheat Kings, stopping 30 shots.

Brandon will look to hit the reset button on Wednesday night when they head to Swift Current to take on the Broncos. (7:00 MB time on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH – Jake Elmer (11) (Cozens, Ross) 0:38
BWK – Ridly Greig (4) (Reinhardt, Lambos) 2:12
LETH – Jordy Bellerive (10) (Addison, Jones) 8:13
LETH – Dylan Cozens (10) (Merezhko, Bellerive) 18:04 4on3

Shots: 16-8 Hurricanes

2nd PERIOD

LETH – Dylan Cozens (11) (Bellerive, Kolle) 4:06 PPG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (20) (Unassisted) 6:17 PPG
LETH – Ty Kolle (6) (Addison, Cozens) 8:08 PPG

Shots: 20-12 Hurricanes

3rd PERIOD

LETH – Dylan Cozens (12) (Elmer, Addison) 9:53
LETH – Ty Kolle (7) (Addison, Cozens) 16:03 PPG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (21) (Burzan, Wytinck) 17:05 PPG
LETH – Zach Cox (8) (Shepard, Jones) 19:57 PPG

Final Shots: 45-34 Lethbridge

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