SPECIAL TEAMS KEY, WARRIORS SNAP THE STREAK

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Moose Jaw, SK (CKLQ) – In the first meeting of the season between Brandon and Moose Jaw it was the Warriors getting the edge, winning 7-4 on Saturday night at Mosaic Place.

The loss ended Brandon’s 10-game winning streak as they head into the WHL Christmas Break.

Special teams was the story on the evening as Moose Jaw scored twice on the powerplay and added a shorthanded marker on route to their 27th win of the season. On the other side, Brandon failed to convert on seven powerplay chances.

Brayden Burke was named the game’s first star after registering a five point night (1G-4A), while Justin Almeida and Jayden Halbgewachs each had two goal nights for the Warriors.

Brandon got goals from Baron Thompson, Connor Gutenberg, Stelio Mattheos and Caiden Daley.

Logan Thompson was pulled after allowing five goals on 18 shots, Dylan Myskiw played the third period and made 10 saves. At the other end, Brody Willms turned aside 25 shots for the victory.

Brandon will now enjoy a ten day Christmas break before opening up the 2nd half with a home and home vs the Regina Pats. That all kicks off on Wednesday December 27th at Westman Place. (7:00 puck drop on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

MJ – Vince Loschiavo (9) (Almeida, Burke) 15:35
BWK – Baron Thompson (10) (Lewis) 14:15

Shots: 11-7 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

MJ – Jaxon Kaluski (2) (Popple, Sheen) 4:33
MJ – Jayden Halbgewachs (34) (Burke) 7:19 PPG
MJ – Vince Loschiavo (10) (Burke, Zaitsev) 9:35 PPG
MJ – Justin Almeida (19) (Burke) 18:58 SHG

Shots: 11-9 Moose Jaw

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (11) (Weinger, Wytinck) 9:15
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (25) (McCorrister, Ettinger) 10:28
MJ – Jayden Halbgewachs (35) (Jeanott) 11:!4
BWK – Caiden Daley (4) (Unassisted) 15:50
MJ – Brayden Burke (16) (Almeida, Peckford) 16:55

Final Shots: 30-29 Moose Jaw

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WHEAT KINGS RIDE OUT A HURRICANE, WIN 10TH STRAIGHT

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings made it ten in a row on Friday night as they shutout the Lethbridge Hurricanes 3-0 in front of over 4300 fans at Westman Place.

In the annual “Teddy Bear Toss” game, it was Gunnar Wegleitner who sent the fur flying when he took a pass from Stelio Mattheos and beat Stuart Skinner over the glove side.

The goal came with just 56.0 seconds left in the first period. After the two teams headed off and the staff collected thousands of bears, the two teams hit the freshly cleaned ice for the remaining time left in the opening frame.

Just fifteen seconds after the re-start, Connor Gutenberg got a generous bounce off the Keystone Centre boards and beat Skinner to make it 2-0.

Neither team would find the back of the net in the 2nd period, and after fending off a late surge from the Hurricanes, including 15 shots in the third period it was Baron Thompson who would seal it into the empty net and lift the Wheat Kings to the victory.

Both goaltenders were solid on the evening, with Logan Thompson earning his 2nd career WHL shutout with a 38 save performance. Skinner finished with 27 saves.

The win marks the first time since the 04/05 season in which the Wheat Kings have strung together ten consecutive victories.

Brandon will look to finish off the first half of the WHL schedule on a high note as they head to Moose Jaw on Saturday night. (7:00 puck drop on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Gunner Wegleitner (8) (Mattheos) 19:04
BWK – Connor Gutenberg (10) (Unassisted) 19:19

Shots: 15-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

No Scoring

Shots: 13-5 Lethbridge

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Baron Thompson (9) (Higson) 18:42 EN

Final Shots: 38-30

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SHADES OF 04/05, THE YEAR OF THE SMILEY

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings look to make it ten in a row on Friday when they welcome the Lethbridge Hurricanes to Westman Place.

The last time the Wheat Kings won 10 in a row, was part of a 15 game streak during the 2004/2005 season. The Wheat Kings finished first in the division that year but lost in the final to the Kelowna Rockets four games to one.

That year was one that will forever live on in infamy as “The Year of the Smiley.” Fans quickly latched on to the folk story of the Wheat Kings lucky volleyball that was used for pre-game warmup.

“It was a Wal-Mart volleyball,” said then goaltender Tyler Plante. “We warmed up with it before every game and then we lost it in the walls of the Manitoba room and the boys lost their minds. We begged the Keystone staff to help us get it but it took a long time to get Smiley back.”

“Eventually we got a new ball and made up a back story about how it was related to Smiley and it became a whole story. One of the newspaper guys got ahold of it and the fans ran with it.”

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Quickly the stands were adorned with cardboard cutout’s of “Smiley”, T-shirts with his face on it and giant inflatable balls bouncing from section to section. Many will remember a time in which the fans  littered the ice at the Keystone with the cardboard cutouts and the game was delayed to allow for a cleanup.

Brandon would end up winning fifteen straight games that year spanning from February 5th to March 8th. Eric Fehr (111 PTS) and Ryan Stone (99 PTS) would finish 1st and 2nd in league scoring while Tim Konsorada finished 4th with 87 points.

After finishing first in the East Division with 96 points, Brandon would beat Moose Jaw, Calgary and Prince Albert on route to the league final.

The present day Wheat Kings sit 3rd in the East Division, one point back of Swift Current and seven back of the leading Moose Jaw Warriors.

Friday’s game is the annual Teddy Bear Toss game. Bring any new or gently used toy, mitts or toque and throw them on the ice when the Wheat Kings score their first goal. All donations will go to the Christmas Cheer Board.

Game time on Friday is 7:30, the QCountry pre-game show begins at 7:00.

Here’s a look at how the two winning streaks compare to one another…..

2017/2018 STREAK BY THE NUMBERS (9 GAMES) 

November 25th to Present
GF:  43
GA: 26
PP %: 7/33 (21.2%)

Top Scorers
Stelio Matthoes: 7G – 10A = 17 PTS
Ty Lewis: 5G – 10A = 15 PTS
Tanner Kaspick: 5G – 8A = 13 PTS
Evan Weinger: 8G – 4A = 12 PTS
Kale Clague: 1G – 11A = 12 PTS

Schedule: 
3-2 @ Swift Current
6-5 @ Red Deer (OT)
3-1 @ Edmonton
5-1 @ Lethbridge
5-4 @ Medicine Hat (OT)
7-4 vs Regina
4-3 vs Medicine Hat (OT)
7-4 vs Kelowna
3-2 vs Kamloops

Goaltenders
Logan Thompson: 6-0-0-0 | 3.00 GAA | .928 SVP
Dylan Myskiw: 3-0-0-0 | 2.66 GAA | .932 SVP

2004/20005 STREAK BY THE NUMBERS (THRU 9 GAMES)
**Streak lasted 15 games total
**Powerplay numbers via WHL online scoring are not accurate

February 5th to February 23rd
GF:  48
GA: 18

Top Scorers
Ryan Stone: 11G – 11A – 22 PTS
Eric Fehr: 7G – 11A – 18 PTS
Tim Konsorada: 6G – 6A – 12 PTS
Steven Later: 3G – 7A – 10 PTS
Lance Monych: 2G – 8A – 10 PTS

Schedule:
3-2 @ Moose Jaw
3-1 vs Lethbridge
3-2 @ Prince Albert (OT)
8-2 vs Regina
7-4 @ Saskatoon
4-0 @ Prince Albert
6-1 vs Prince Albert
7-3 vs Moose Jaw
7-3 vs Regina

Goaltenders
Tyler Plante: 7-0-0-0 | 1.85 GAA | .932 SVP
Mike Nichol: 2-0-0-0 | 2.50 GAA | .886 SVP

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MYSKIW SHINES IN WHEATIES 9TH STRAIGHT WIN

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Dylan Myskiw stole the show on Tuesday night as the Brandon Wheat Kings picked up their ninth consecutive victory, 3-2 over the Kamloops Blazers.

The Winnipeg, MB native turned aside 43 shots including 19 in the 3rd period to earn first star honours and move to 5-1-0-0 on the season.

In their 4th game in six nights, the Wheat Kings got goals from Evan Weinger, Jonny Hooker and Baron Thompson on route to the victory. Garrett Pilon and Carson Denomie would reply with singles for the Blazers.

The Blazers, who are on their third game of their Eastern Division road trip came into the night winners of seven of their last ten.

Both teams would struggle to find chemistry on the powerplay, the Blazers came up short finishing the night 0/2 while Brandon did convert on one of their five chances.

Brandon is now a perfect 4-0 vs BC Division opponents, with wins over Victoria, Vancouver, Kelowna and the Blazers.

On this nine game winning streak, the Wheat Kings have outscored their opponents 43-26 and registered at least five goals on five separate occasions.

Brandon welcomes Lethbridge on Friday in the final home game before the Christmas break before wrapping up the first half of the WHL schedule in Moose Jaw on Saturday.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

KAM – Garrett Pilon (16) (Smith, Loewen) 13:23
BWK – Evan Weinger (14) (Gutenberg) 15:16

Shots: 16-10 Kamloops

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Jonny Hooker (2) (McCartney, Sekundiak) 4:23
BWK – Baron Thompson (8) (Mattheos, Wytinck) 5:44 PPG

Shots: 11-9 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

KAM – Carson Denomie (3) (Vala, Zary) 15:26

Final Shots: 45-33 Kamloops

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BRANDON WINS AGAIN, MAKE IT EIGHT STRAIGHT

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings continued to roll on Saturday night as they beat the Kelowna Rockets 7-4 in front of over 4000 fans at Westman Place.

Seven players registered multi-point nights while Logan Thompson kicked aside 26 shots for his 17th win of the season.

The win, brings the Wheaties win streak to eight games and improves their record to 13-2-0-1 on home ice.

Tanner Kaspick (1G-3A) & Stelio Mattheos (1G-3A) lead the way offensively for Brandon, while Ty Lewis scored twice and added an assist on route to being named the game’s first star.

For the 2nd straight night, Brandon chased the opponent’s starting goaltender. James Porter was pulled after allowing four goals on eleven shots. Roman Basran came on in relief and made 12 saves on 14 shots.

Cole Reinhardt, Evan Weinger and Linden McCorrister added singles for Brandon who finished the night 2/4 on the powerplay.

Brandon will continue their five game home stand on Tuesday night when the Kamloops Blazers come to town. (7:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY


1st PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (24) (Kaspick, Clague) 0:31
KEL – Ted Brennan (1) (Lind, C.Foote) 2:57
BWK – Evan Weinger (13) (Lewis, Schneider) 14:46
KEL – Nolan Foote (10) (C.Foote, Cowell) 16:58 PPG

Shots: 16-6 Kelowna

2nd PERIOD

KEL – Dillon Dube (18) (Chyzen, N.Foote) 9:40
BWK – Ty Lewis (16) (Weinger, Schneider) 14:08
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (10) (Mattheos, Kaspick) 14:08 PPG
BWK – Ty Lewis (17) (Clague, McCorrister) 15:55 PPG

Shots: 12-9 Kelowna

3rd PERIOD

KEL – Kole Lind (13) (C.Foote, Mattson) 12:52 PPG
BWK – Linden McCorrister (9) (Mattheos, Kaspick) 16:42
BWK – Tanner Kaspick (11) (Mattheos, Wytinck) 18:48 EN

Final Shots: 40-26 Kelowna

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ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER OT THRILLER

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – For the 2nd time in a week, the Brandon Wheat Kings needed overtime to knock off the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers 4-3.

Less than one week after Stelio Mattheos capped off a two goal comeback with an OT winner at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, it was Tanner Kaspick who earned the hero honours for the Wheat Kings on Friday night.

After opening up a three goal lead before the media timeout of the 1st period, the Wheat Kings watched their lead slowly evaporate in the remaining fifty minutes.

After failing to convert on any of their three powerplays in regulation time, Brandon would only need one chance in the extra frame to find the back of the net.

Tanner Kaspick’s powerplay goal with 1:13 left in overtime lifted the Wheat Kings to their 7th straight victory, their longest win streak of the season.

Linden McCorrister, Evan Weinger & Stelio Mattheos rounded out the scoring for Brandon, who got three assists from Kale Clague in the victory.

Both goaltenders were on their game. Logan Thompson stopped 39 shots for his 17th win of the season while Jordan Hollett came on in relief after the 2nd Wheat Kings goal and made 38 saves.

Tyler Presiuzo, and James Hamblin (x2) scored for the Tigers who finished 2/6 on the powerplay.

Brandon will look to make it eight straight on Saturday night as they welcome the Kelowna Rockets. (7:30 p.m. on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (8) (Mattheos) 3:04
BWK – Evan Weinger (12) (Gutenberg, Clague) 7:39
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (23) (Kaspick, Clague) 10:42

Shots: 15-12 Medicine Hat

2nd PERIOD

MH – James Hamblin (8) (Rassell, Gerlach) 5:44 PPG
MH – Tyler Presiuzo (9) (Gally, Jevne) 11:54

Shots: 13-12 Medicine Hat

3rd PERIOD

MH – James Hamblin (9) (Nassen, Rassell) 6:17 PPG

Shots: 14-13 Medicine Hat

OVERTIME

BWK – Tanner Kaspick (10) (Lewis, Clague) 3:47 PPG

Final Shots: 45-42 Brandon

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BIG DAY FOR KASPICK, WHEAT KINGS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – It was quite the day for Brandon Wheat Kings Captain Tanner Kaspick. The 19-year-old Brandon native was named to Hockey Canada’s 32-man selection camp roster in the morning, and then capped the day off with a three point night helping his team to their 6th straight victory.

Kaspick (2G-1A), Stelio Mattheos (1G-1A), Kale Clague (2A), Linden McCorrister (2A) all had multi-point nights for Brandon who earned their 20th victory of the season in a 7-4 win vs the Regina Pats.

Logan Thompson earned his 3rd straight victory turning aside 37 shots, including 20 in the 3rd period, while Tyler Brown stopped 26 shots in the Regina goal.

Gunnar Wegleitner, Caiden Daley, Schael Higson and Ty Lewis all chipped in with singles for the Wheat Kings, who kicked off a five game home stand in front of over 3800 fans at Westman Place.

The win ties the club’s longest winning streak of the season at six, and moves them within one point of the Swift Current Broncos for 2nd in the East Division and five back of the Division leading Moose Jaw Warriors.

Brandon welcomes Medicine Hat and Kelowna to Westman Place this weekend. Both games begin at 7:30.

Crowe’s Notes

-Both Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick were named to the 32-man roster for Team Canada’s World Junior Selection camp. Clague, a returning forward and Kaspick will head to Ste. Catherines, Ontario from December 12th to 15th. Team Canada will play a pair of exhibition games vs the CIS USports All-Stars, and one game vs Denmark before naming the final roster.

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-The Wheat Kings have moved up three spots in the #7 ranking in the weekly CHL Top Ten. The move comes after a successful 5-1-0-0 road trip through Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

REG – Sam Steel (13) (Henry, Davidson) 10:50
BWK – Gunnar Wegleitner (7) (McCartney, Schneider) 12:20
REG – Matt Bradley (19) (Mahura, Oksanen) 13:19

Shots: 13-9 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Caiden Daley (3) (Ettinger) 2:34
REG – Sam Steel (14) (Henry) 3:47
BWK – Schael Higson (2) (Gutenberh, Weinger) 15:10
BWK – Ty Lewis (15) (Clague, Mattheos) 19:57 PPG

Shots: 12-8 Regina

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Tanner Kaspick (8) (Clague, McCorrister) 5:13
REG – Dawson Davidson (6) (Oksanen, Leschychyn) 11:38 PPG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (22) (McCorrister, Kaspick) 11:54
BWK – Tanner Kaspick (9) (Mattheos, Higson) EN

Final Shots: 41-33 Regina

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