THOMPSON STANDS ON HIS HEAD IN WIN OVER RAIDERS

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS 

*** Due to a technical glitch, the CKLQ game story would not post. Below is the game recap from http://www.wheatkings.com ***

Brandon, MB. – It may not have been the prettiest of games but the Brandon Wheat Kings scored a big win Saturday night before over 3,800 fans at Westoba Place.

Rylan Bettens goal at the 2:15 mark of the third period turned out to be the game winner as the Wheat Kings edged the Prince Albert Raiders 4-3.

With the win, Brandon gained a much needed split in the weekend home and home series with the Raiders, who won the opener 5-2 Friday night in Prince Albert.

The win moved the Wheat Kings back into third place in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division and six points up on fifth place Saskatoon. The Raiders meanwhile now trail Saskatoon by four and Brandon by ten with one month remaining in the 2017-18 regular season.

The Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead but had its lead cut to 3-2 after forty minutes.

In the third, Bettens gave Brandon a two goal cushion, only to see Prince Albert pull back to within a goal with just over six minutes to play.

Ty Lewis, Marcus Sekundiak and defenceman Ty Ettinger rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who received a stellar 39-save performance from netminder Logan Thompson.

The 20-year old Calgary product was easily the story in this one as he turned aside fifteen shots in the first, another 14 in the second and ten more in the third as the Raiders pushed hard for the equalizer.

At the other end of the rink, Curtis Meger and Ian Scott combined to stop ten of 13 shots directed their way.

Brett Leason, Spencer Moe and Brandon product Jordy Stallard scored in a losing cause for the Raiders, who have now lost four of their last five games.

Two of Prince Albert’s goals came 72 seconds apart in the second as the Raiders took advantage of back to back high sticking penalties to Ettinger and Cole Reinhardt.

Next up for the Wheat Kings is Monday afternoon at 2:30pm when they play host to Kale Clague and the first place Moose Jaw Warriors at Westoba Place.

Clague will be honoured before the game for not only his outstanding contributions to the Wheat Kings over the course of the last four seasons but also for helping Team Canada capture the gold medal at last month’s World Junior Hockey Championship in Buffalo.

A member of the 2016 WHL Championship club, Clague was dealt at January’s Trade Deadline for a package of players and draft picks.

During his three-plus years in Brandon, Clague scored 25 goals and 143 points in 169 games.

Since joining the Warriors last month, the 19-year old Lloydminster product has sixteen assists in thirteen games.

In addition to the pre-game presentation, the first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Wheat Kings #AllConnected superhero cape from TELUS, the official Telecommunications provider to the WHL club.

As well, TELUS will be giving away a Samsung tablet, a Smart TV and a Wheat Kings’ replica jersey through a number of special events and promotions, including a Tech Challenge during the first intermission and a special Green Screen Photo Experience.

The Keystone Centre box office will reopen at 10am Monday but fans can order online at http://www.keystonecentre.com

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Ty Lewis (32) (Unassisted) 0:26
BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (3) (Hooker, McCartney) 2:40
BWK – Ty Ettinger (2) (Burzan, Wegleitner) 14:31

Shots: 15-5 Prince Albert

2nd PERIOD

PA – Jordy Stallard (38) (Budik, McDonald) 9:35 5on3
PA – Brett Leason (11) (Martin, Pachal) 10:47 5on3

Shots: 16-4 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Rylan Bettens (5) (Daley, Higson) 2:15
PA – Spencer Moe (8) (Kelly, McDonald) 13:39

Final Shots: 42-13 Prince Albert

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RAIDERS HAND WHEATIES THIRD STRAIGHT LOSS

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Prince Albert, SK (CKLQ) – The Prince Albert Raiders picked up an important two points on Friday night as they beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2 at the Art Hauser Centre.

The Raiders got off to a good start, opening the scoring just 2:04 into the game. Brett Leason buried his 10th of the season off a rebound to give the Raiders an early lead.

Just moments later the Raiders would add another, as former Victoria Royal Regan Nagy beat Logan Thompson for his 23rd of the season.

The Wheat Kings wouldn’t go away quietly however as they cut into the lead with just over four minutes remaining in the first. Schael Higson finished off a nice give and go with Gunnar Wegleitner for his 3rd of the season.

Neither team could find the back of the net in the 2nd period, but the Raiders had three powerplay chances firing 13 shots at Logan Thompson. Despite the shooting gallery, the Wheat Kings kept the Raiders at bay.

The Raiders would score three more times in the third period to pick up the win.

Ty Lewis added a single for Brandon who got 34 saves from Logan Thompson. Meanwhile, Curtis Meger made 18 saves for the win at the other end.

The Wheat Kings loss combined with the Regina Pats victory over Moose Jaw drops Brandon into the #1 wildcard spot. The Swift Current Broncos leapfrogged the Warriors into top spot in the division, while the Raiders are now four points back of the Saskatoon Blades for the final playoff spot.

These two teams will meet again Saturday night at Westoba Place. (7:30 on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

PA – Brett Leason (10) (Sapego, Nachbaur) 2:04
PA – Regan Nagy (23) (Martin, Stallard) 6:47
BWK – Schael Higson (3) (Wegleitner) 15:54

Shots: 10-10

2nd PERIOD

No Scoring

Shots: 13-5 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD

PA – Zack Hayes (3) (Pachal, McDonald) 3:01
BWK – Ty Lewis (31) (Weinger) 3:24
PA – Vojtek Budik (9) (Kelly, Fonstad) 6:54
PA – Cody McDonald (29) (Kelly) 15:44

Final Shots: 39-20 Prince Albert

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BRONCOS OUTLAST WHEAT KINGS

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Swift Current, SK (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings played one of their most complete games of the season but couldn’t mount a comeback as the Swift Current Broncos picked up a 4-2 win on Wednesday night.

The Broncos opened the scoring in the first period as Colby Sissons took a nifty pass through his legs and ripped a shot over the blocker of Dylan Myskiw. The Broncos would fire 21 shots on goal in the period but Myskiw stood on his head, making 20 saves.

Ty Lewis would tie the game midway through the 2nd period as he recorded his 30th goal of the season, beating Stuart Skinner. Just 0:33 second later the Broncos would respond, Josh Anderson fed a perfect pass to Kole Gable who fired home his 6th of the season to regain the lead.

The Wheat Kings wouldn’t let the quick response take the wind out of their sales however, Rylan Bettens beat Skinner just moments later to tie the game back up heading to the 2nd intermission.

Tyler Steenbergen gave the Broncos an early 3rd period lead, and despite a pair of powerplays the Wheat Kings couldn’t draw even. Glenn Gawdin would seal the game with an empty net goal with just 11.2 seconds remaining in regulation.

Brandon finished the night 0/3 on the powerplay and killed off both Broncos man advantages.

Dylan Myskiw turned in aside his best performance of the year, making 29 saves while Skinner stopped 17 of 19 in the Bronco goal.

Brandon will continue their busy week on Friday in Prince Albert when they kick off a home and home vs the Raiders. (7:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

S.C. – Colby Sissons (12) (Gawdin, Steenbergen) 11:18

Shots: 21-11 Swift Current

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Ty Lewis (30) (Weinger, Wytinck) 9:13
S.C. – Kole Gable (6) (Anderson, Regnier) 9:46
BWK – Rylan Bettens (4) (Daley, Shearer) 13:27

Shots: 10-7 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

S.C. – Tyler Steenbergen (40) (Gawdin) 11:06
S.C – Glenn Gawdin (49) (Elder, Steenbergen) 19:49 EN

Final Shots: 33-33

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GAWDIN SHINES IN MILESTONE NIGHT

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Swift Current, SK (CKLQ) – It was a night to remember for Swift Current Broncos Captain Glenn Gawdin. The 20-year-old forward played in his 300th career WHL game, recorded his 100th point of the season and added a goal for good measure as the Broncos beat the Wheat Kings 5-2 on Saturday night.

Matteo Gennaro had a two goal night for the Broncos while Aleksi Heopniemi chipped in with a pair of assist as well. The win for the Broncos helps them keep pace with the East Division leading Moose Jaw Warriors, who also won on Saturday night.

Brandon got goals from Jonny Hooker an Ty Lewis and despite chances late in the third period, couldn’t mount a comeback.

Logan Thompson, who was making his 6th straight start turned aside 25 saves while Winnipeg native Joel Hofer picked up the win by turning aside 22 shots.

These two teams will meet again on Wednesday night back in Swift Current. (7:00 on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

S.C. – Tyler Steenbergen (38) (Gawdin, Paterson) 19:10

Shots: 11-10 Swift Current

2nd PERIOD

S.C. – Matteo Gennaro (34) (Heponiemi, Minulin) 15:14 PPG
S.C. – Beck Malensyn (8) (King, Heponiemi) 19:21

Shots: 11-7 Swift Current

3rd PERIOD

S.C. – Glenn Gawdin (47) (Sissons) 5:14 SHG
BWK – Johnny Hooker (3) (McCartney, Sekundiak) 5:39
BWK – Ty Lewis (29) (Gutenberg, Schneider) 11:37 SHG
S.C. – Matteo Gennaro (35) (Unassisted) 18:27 EN

Final Shots: 29-24 Swift Current

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REINHARDT DULLS BLADES

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings played shorthanded on Saturday night in a 6-3 win over the Saskatoon Blades.

No, they didn’t spend a lot of time in the penalty box, but rather they found themselves down to 16 skaters after an injury to Stelio Mattheos and a 17 minutes in penalties to Linden McCorrister early in the 3rd period.

Despite the short bench, the Wheat Kings came back from down 3-1 midway through the 2nd period to knock off their East Division rivals.

Cole Reinhardt (2G-1A) lead the way for the Wheat Kings while Gunnar Wegleitner (2A) and Evan Weinger (1G-1A) also had multi-point nights.

Brandon got 33 saves from Logan Thompson while Tyler Brown turned aside 19 shots in the Blades net.

The win keeps the Wheat Kings ahead of the Blades in the race for the post-season. Brandon is now four points up on the Regina Pats and 10 points ahead of both the Blades and the Prince Albert Raiders.

Brandon heads to Swift Current on Saturday night to take on the Broncos. (7:00 MB time on QCountry Radio.)

Notes:
-Over $13,000 was raised for the Western Manitoba Cancer Centre through the team’s Red Theme Jersey night.
-Stelio Mattheos left the game after the first period with an apparent upper-body injury. He will be re-evaluated prior to the game @ Swift Current.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Cole Reinhardt (12) (Wegleitner, McCartney) 3:11
SSK – Max Gerlach (26) (Christensen, Rubinchik) 7:21

Shots: 14-7 Saskatoon

2nd PERIOD

SSK – Brad Goethals (11) (Machado, Zawatsky) 5:17
SSK – Dawson Davidson (8) (Shmyr, Christensen) 10:57
BWK – Luka Burzan (10) (Bettens, Reinhardt) 16:16

Shots: 12-7 Saskatoon

3rd PERIOD

BWK – James Shearer (1) (Weinger, Gutenberg) 2:38 4on4
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (13) (Wegleitner) 13:52
BWK – Chase Hartje (2) (Unassisted) 18:00 EN
BWK – Evan Weinger (25) (Unassisted) 18:30 EN

Final Shots: 36-25 Saskatoon

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WHEAT KINGS FALL FLAT VS PATS

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Brandon, MB (Wheat Kings.com) –  A tough loss for the Brandon Wheat Kings Tuesday night.

The Memorial Cup Host Regina Pats scored two unanswered second period goals to snap a 1-1 tie and went on to a  5-2 victory before over 3,400 fans at Westoba Place.

With the win, the Pats moved to within two points of the third place Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division, with just over six weeks remaining in the 2017-18 regular season.

Cameron Hebig and Jesse Gabrielle scored two goals each for the Pats, who outshot Brandon 51-24, including 21-4 in the second.

Rookie Marcus Sekundiak and Luka Burzan replied for the Wheat Kings, who saw their record slip to 29-19-3-2 on the season.

Winners of one of three games on this current 4-game homestand, the Wheat Kings will be hoping to bounce back Friday night against the Saskatoon Blades.

Next up for the Wheat Kings however, is the club’s annual Q Country Sportsman’s Dinner, presented by TELUS, scheduled for Thursday night in the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavillion.

Proceeds from the event, which will feature TSN’s Dennis Beyak and Sportsnet’s John Shannon, will be donated to the hockey club’s Education Fund.

Tickets to Friday’s game against the Blades go back on sale Wednesday morning at ten. Fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling (204) 726-3555.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (2) (McCartney) 2:58
REG – Jesse Gabrielle (8) (Unassisted) 12:53 PPG

Shots: 17-9 Regina

2nd PERIOD

REG – Jesse Gabrielle (9) (Oksanen) 0:50
REG – Jared Legien (19) (Steel) 10:13

Shots: 21-4 Regina

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Luka Burzan (9) (Lewis) 6:14 PPG
REG – Cam Hebig (37) (Steel, Mahura) 15:25 PPG
REG – Cam Hebig (38) (Steel, Legien) 17:52 ENG

Final Shots: 51-24 Regina

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THE STREAK IS OVER

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – It’s not a cold front moving in across the prairies, that wind you feel outside is the exhale of Wheat Kings fans from far and wide as the losing streak finally came to an end in thrilling fashion on Saturday night.

The Brandon Wheat Kings snapped their season high nine-game losing streak with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Red Deer Rebels in front of over 3700 fans at Westman Place.

Stelio Mattheos’ recorded a hat-trick and added an assist while scoring the game winning goal just 0:55 into the extra frame.

In similar fashion to Friday night, the Wheat Kings let a 2-1 leads after 40 minutes slip away. The Rebels got third period goals from Alex Morozoff and Josh Tarzwell to take a 3-2 lead late in regulation time.

However, rookie defenseman Chase Hartje picked a perfect time to score his first career Western Hockey League goal. The goal at 16:21 of the third period tied the game at three and sent the game to overtime.

Early in the extra frame the Rebels thought they had won the game, but the officials waved off the goal claiming “Incidental Contact on the Goaltender.” Despite argument from the Rebels bench, the call would stand and the Wheat Kings would seal the deal just moments later.

Logan Thompson turned in another stellar performance between the pipes for the Wheat Kings making 33 saves. Ethan Anders took the loss for the Rebels making 20 stops in the process.

The Wheat Kings, who continue their 4-game homestand Tuesday night against the visiting Regina Pats, are now 29-18-3-2 on the season and remain in third place in the WHL’s Eastern Division.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

No Scoring

Shots: 8-7 Red Deer

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Matthes (34) (B.Thompson, Shearer) 11:19
R.D. – Alex Morozoff (4) (Paradis, Johnson) 13:37 PPG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (35) (Lewis, Wytinck) 19:54 5on3

Shots: 11-8 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

R.D. – Alex Morozoff (5) (Reichel, Hagel) 2:21
R.D. – Josh Tarzwell (7) (Douglas, Herauf) 7:12 PPG
BWK – Chase Hartje (1) (Lewis, Mattheos) 16:21

Shot: 16-4 Red Deer

OVERTIME 

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (36) (Gutenberg, Higson) 0:55

Final Shots: 36-24 Red Deer

 

 

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