WYTINCK THE HERO IN PA!!!

 

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Prince Albert, SK (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings shocked the crowd in Prince Albert on Friday night with a 5-4 overtime win, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

In a fast-paced, hard-hitting first period it was the Raiders who would draw first blood.

After a faceoff in the offensive zone, the Wheat King defenders got puck watching and allowed Sean Montgomery to sneak to the front of the goal uncovered. The puck rolled right to him and 20-year-old made no mistake for his 23rd of the year.

Despite the Raiders gaining momentum from the goal, Brandon responded 3:11 later.

Ben McCartney and Connor Gutenberg took off on a two on one and McCartney elected to shoot, that decision was a good one as he beat Boston Bilous for his 17th of the year.

Bilous, who was acquired from the Edmonton Oil Kings was making his 3rd straight start as Ian Scott remains out with an injury. The Calgary native finished the night with 21saves.

Brandon took their first lead of the game, just 3:27 into the 2nd period. Stelio Mattheos grabbed a loose puck in the corner and sent it to the front of the goal. The puck bounced off the skate of Cole Reinhardt and through the legs of Bilous.

The Raiders hung around in the 2nd period and Parker Kelly would tie the game up at two. Max Martin sent a perfect pass from blue line to blue line to spring Kelly on a breakaway and the Ottawa Senators draft pick would make no mistake, beating Jiri Patera for his 28th of the season.

The teams would go back and forth in the third period, each adding a pair of goals. Brandon getting one from Caiden Daley and another from Luka Burzan while Kelly added his 2nd of the night, following an Aleksi Protas marker.

After 60 minutes of entertaining hockey, we needed extra time.

Both teams traded chances in the extra frame but with 1:54 left on the clock, Zach Wytinck fired a wrist shot from the point that found its way into the Raider goal, sending the Wheat Kings bench into a frenzy.

The win gives the Wheat Kings a HUGE two points and keeps their hopes for a wild-card playoff spot alive. It was also the first time all season long that the Raiders have lost in OT.

**Calgary and Red Deer were still in action at the time of publishing**

These two teams will meet again in Brandon on Saturday night. (7:30 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

PA – Sean Montgomery (23) (Hannoun, Kelly) 10:35
BWK – Ben McCartney (17) (Unassisted) 13:46

Shots: 12-7 Prince Albert

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Cole Reinhardt (17) (Mattheos) 3:27
PA – Parker Kelly (28) (Sapego, Martin) 14:10

Shots: 9-8 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD

PA – Aleksi Protas (10) (Nachbauer) 2:48
BWK – Caiden Daley (5) (Unassisted) 8:43
PA – Parker Kelly (29) (Martin, Protas) 13:25 PPG
BWK – Luka Burzan (32) (Reinhardt) 13:4

Shots: 10-10

OVERTIME

BWK – Zach Wytinck (4) (Nychuk) 3:06

Final Shots: 32-28 Prince Albert

 

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WHEAT KINGS DETHRONE CENTRAL DIVISIONS BEST

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – It may not have been a “must-win” game by mathematical standards, but the Brandon Wheat Kings earned a critical two points in a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Wednesday night.

Opening up a three-game in three-night road trip the Oil Kings got off to a good start in Brandon leading 1-0 after one.

The Wheat Kings had plenty of jump to start the game but as the period went on, the Oil Kings gained momentum and capped it off with Connor McDonald’s 17th of the year. The lone goal of the period was the 23rd time this season the Wheat Kings had surrendered the games opening goal.

Brandon came out of the gate flying in the 2nd period, tying the game just 1:55 in. Connor Gutenberg started a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play that was finished off by Ben McCartney for his 16th of the year.

Both teams went back and forth throughout the period, but a late goal from the Oil Kings put them back in front. After McCartney hit the post at one end, Edmonton took off on a three-on-two and Winnipeg’s Vince Loschiavo made no mistake beating Jiri Patera for his 24th of the season.

The Wheat Kings offense exploded in the third period. The outburst all started just 0:26 into the frame as Linden McCorrister found a loose puck, raced into the Oil Kings end and buried his 2nd shorthanded goal in as many games to tie the game back up at two.

Brandon’s first lead of the game came on an innocent looking play. Brayden Chizen fired a wrist shot on goal that deflected off Luka Burzan and past Dylan Myskiw to put the Wheat Kings in front for the first time on the night.

Myskiw, who was making his 2nd start in the Wheat City since being traded to Edmonton turned aside 17 shots in the losing effort.

Moments after the Burzan goal, Baron Thompson sent a perfect rink-wide pass to Stelio Mattheos who made no mistake and gave the Wheat Kings the insurance marker they desperately needed.

Jiri Patera, in just his 2nd start since returning from injury, shut things down in the third period making 14 saves for his 16th win of the season. Patera finished the night with 36 saves and was named the game’s 2nd star.

Late in the game, with the extra attacker on and the Oil Kings pushing, Connor Gutenberg muscled his way into the Edmonton zone and put the game on ice and lifting the Wheat Kings to a HUGE victory, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

**The Hitmen/Hurricanes game was still underway as this was published.**

The Wheat Kings will continue this busy stretch of games on Friday as they kick off a weekend home and home series with the Prince Albert Raiders. (7:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

EOK – Connor McDonald (17) (McLeod, Atkinson) 17:37

Shots: 11-5 Edmonton

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Ben McCartney (16) (Greig, Gutenberg) 1:55
EOK – Vince Loschiavo (24) (Benjafield, Alistrov) 17:25

Shots: 13-8 Edmonton

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (13) (Unassisted) 0:26 SHG
BWK – Luka Burzan (31) (Chizen, Mattheos) 6:30
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (34) (Thompson) 13:01
BWK – Connor Gutenberg (13) (Mattheos) 19:43 ENG

Final Shots: 38-22

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BLADES DOUBLE UP WHEATIES

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Saskatoon, SK (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 6-3 loss in Saskatoon on Sunday afternoon.

The Wheat Kings did not get the start they wanted as the found themselves down 3-0 after the first period.

Riley McKay was sprung on an early breakway and beat Jiri Patera with a nifty little backhand move. Patera, was making his first start since January 25th finished the night with 31 saves.

Midway through the period, the officials handed Ben McCartney a questionable charging penalty and the Blades capitalized. Birthday boy Kyle Crnkovic beat Patera to the near post and tucked home his 7th of the season.

Before the public address announcer could finish the Crnkovic announcement, Blades Captain Chase Wouters snapped his 11th of the year over the pad of Patera to open up a 3-0 lead.

Brandon would get back in the hockey game early in the middle frame as Linden McCorrister notched his 12th of the year shorthanded just 0:32 into the period. The goal was Brandon’s 7th of the year while down a man.

Midway through the frame, Stelio Mattheos would capitalize on a powerplay to bring Brandon within one. Mattheos finally found the back of the net after firing 14 shots on goal in Friday nights win over Swift, without scoring.

The momentum didn’t last long for Brandon as Chase Wouters responded with his 2nd of the night just 1:01 later.

The Wheat Kings weren’t going to go away quietly and added another powerplay goal later in the period to bring the game back within a goal. Ridly Greig finished off a nice give and go with Braden Schneider to bring his club back within reach heading into the intermission.

Saskatoon would put the game away in the third on an early powerplay goal from Moosomin’s Dawson Davidson. The point shot fooled Patera and put the Blades up by a pair. Riley McKay would add an empty netter for good measure as the Blades win their fourth in a row.

Brandon drops to 23-21-3-4 on the season and fails to pick up any points in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brandonite Tristen Robins would finish the night with a pair of assists for the Blades, who got 20 saves from Nolan Maier in the win.

The Wheat Kings will return home on Wednesday night as they welcome the Edmonton Oil Kings. (7:00 on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SAS – Riley McKay (10) (Davidson, Robins) 9:23
SAS – Kyle Crnkovic (7) (Robins, Gerlach) 14:36 PPG
SAS – Chase Wouters (11) (Haden, Schuldhaus) 15:07

Shots: 12-9 Saskatoon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Linden McCorrister (12) (Schneider) 0:32 SHG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (33) (Nychuk, Burzan) 10:39 PPG
SAS – Chase Wouters (12) (Gerlach, Harsch) 11:22
BWK – Ridly Greig (11) (Schneider) 13:29 PPG

Shots:16-6 Saskatoon

3rd PERIOD

SAS – Dawson Davidson (11) (Gerlach, Florchuk) 5:02 PPG
SAS – Riley McKay (11) (Kneen) 18:27 EN

Final Shots: 37-28 Saskatoon

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HOT GOALIE STEALS SHOW IN BWK WIN

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Riley Lamb was outstanding for the Swift Current Broncos, but the Brandon Wheat Kings got the last laugh in a 3-2 shootout victory on Friday night.

The Wheat Kings, looking to snap a two-game losing streak, came out flying in the first period, dominating the possession game and outshooting the Broncos 21-6.

After peppering Broncos netminder Riley Lamb, it was Baron Thompson who finally opened the scoring for the Wheat Kings. After a Caiden Daley point shot hit a shinpad, Thompson followed up and snapped his 6th of the year off the post and in to break the scoreless deadlock.

The goaltending clinic continued in the 2nd period for the Broncos as Lamb turned aside 18/19 shots he faced.

Braden Schneider would find a way to beat the red hot goalie as his 8th of the season on a two-on-one gave the Wheat Kings a 2-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t last long as Finnish import Joona Kiviniemi fired a wicked wrist shot to the top shelf over Ethan Kruger to bring the Broncos back within one.

In the third, Riley Lamb continued to stand on his head turning aside all 11 shots he faced, including several of highlight reel variety.

With just 1:20 left, and Lamb on the bench the Broncos would tie the game. Ethan O’Rourke found a loose puck in the slot and buried it past Kruger to send the game to overtime.

Lamb, who was born and raised just outside of Brandon in Rivers, MB finished the night with 53 saves while Ethan Kruger kicked aside 20 of 22 for the win.

After a scoreless extra frame, these two teams headed to a shootout for the 2nd time this season. This time, it was Kruger’s turn to shine as he stopped all three Bronco shooters while Ben McCartney’s 3rd shootout goal of the season would stand up as the game-winner. McCartney is now 3/4 in the shootout in his WHL career.

The win, combined with the Calgary loss and Red Deer OT loss inches Brandon that much closer to a playoff spot. The Wheat Kings are now six points back of Calgary and seven points behind the Rebels for the top wildcard spot.

Brandon is back in action Sunday afternoon as they travel to Saskatoon for a rematch with the Blades. (4:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Baron Thompson (6) (Daley, Thorpe) 17:49

Shots: 21-6 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Braden Schneider (8) (McCallum, Sekundiak) 13:48
SC – Joona Kiviniemi (13) (Moar) 18:48

Shots: 19-6 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

SC – Ethan O’Rourke (10) (Moar, Horning) 18:40 6on5

Shots: 11-9 Brandon

OVERTIME

No Scoring

Final Shots: 55-22 Brandon

SHOOTOUT

SC – Ethan Regnier – No Goal
BWK – Ben McCartney – GOAL
SC – Joona Kiviniemi – No Goal
BWK – Stelio Mattheos – No Goal
SC – Connor Horning – No Goal

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BLADES ROLL OVER THE WHEATIES ON TUESDAY

 

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Kirby Dach’s 2nd career WHL hat-trick highlighted an offense explosion for the Saskatoon Blades in a 7-3 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Tuesday night.

The line of Gary Haden, Max Gerlach and Chase Wouters combined for eight points while five players had multi-point nights for the Blades in the victory.

Making their return to home ice for the first time in almost two weeks, the Wheat Kings were looking to build momentum off their Alberta road trip (2-1-0-1) as the push for the WHL playoffs continues.

The Blades would open the scoring, as Max Gerlach found a rebound and fired home his 30th of the season. It was the 21st time this season the Wheat Kings had given up the game’s first goal.

The temperature rose quickly in the 2nd period and the parade to the penalty box began.

Early in the period, Stelio Mattheos notched his 16th powerplay goal of the year as he beat Dorrin Luding on the short side to tie the game at one.

The Blades would respond quickly. Kirby Dach scored twice in 0:19 seconds, both set up by superb plays from Ryan Hughes. Just like that, the Blades found themselves up 3-1.

Cue the penalties.

After an awkward collision along the Blades bench, Jonny Hooker left the game bleeding. While there was no penalty called on the play, the officials got together and handed out a double-minor to Eric Florchuk for high sticking.

While on the penalty kill, the Blades took another penalty, sending the Wheat Kings to a five-on-three.

Luka Burzan would make the Blades pay, scoring his 30th of the season on a great back door feed from Mattheos.

Due to the way the penalties timed out, the Wheat Kings would stay on the two-man advantage and made the Blades pay once again. This time it was Cole Reinhardt who found a loose puck and beat Luding to tie that game at three.

Before the period could come to an end, the Blades would restore their lead as Eric Florchuk beat Ethan Kruger on the blocker side for his 16th of the season.

The Blades would tack on three more in the third, with two of those goals coming on the powerplay to pick up their 31st victory of the season. The Blades finished the night 2/3 on the powerplay while the Wheat Kings went 3/6.

Dorrin Luding earned his 6th win of the season between the pipes for the Blades, making 25 saves while Ethan Kruger took the loss in a 30 save performance.

The loss squanders the lone “game in hand” that the Wheat Kings had on the Calgary Hitmen coming into play tonight. Brandon remains six points back of the Hitmen for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference Wildcard race.

Brandon and Saskatoon will meet again on Sunday afternoon at Sasktel Centre. Meanwhile, next up for the Wheat Kings is a Friday night date with the Swift Current Broncos here at Westoba Place. (7:30 on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

SAS – Max Gerlach (30) (Haden, Malysjev) 3:19

Shots: 10-6 Saskatoon

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (32) (Wytinck, Gutenberg) 3:29 PPG
SAS – Kirby Dach (19) (Hughes, Harsch) 7:45
SAS – Kirby Dach (20) (Hughes, McKay) 8:04
BWK – Luka Burzan (30) (Mattheos, Wytinck) 11:05 5on3
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (16) (Gutenberg, Mattheos) 11:56 5on3
SAS – Eric Florchuk (16) (Haden, Kneen) 15:22

Shots: 11-9 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

SAS – Kirby Dach (21) (Haden, Hughes) 5:02 PPG
SAS – Max Gerlach (31) (Wouters, Haden) 13:27
SAS – Eric Florchuk (17) (Gerlach, Davidson) 15:54 PPG

Final Shots: 37-25 Saskatoon

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ROAD TRIP ENDS IN LOSS

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Medicine Hat, AB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings ended their four-game Alberta road trip with 5-0 loss in Medicine Hat on Saturday night.

The Wheat Kings forgot to get off the bus on Saturday night found themselves down 2-0 before the ice had time to freeze.

Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Wheat Kings were outshot 15-4 in the first period and down 3-0 on the scoreboard.

James Hamblin opened the scoring on a 4on4 situation just 3:46 into the game.

Lundar, MB native Logan Christensen made it 2-0 Tigers just three minutes later as he beat Connor Unger, who was making his 2nd career WHL start.

Late in the period, Brett Kemp added to the Tiger lead with a powerplay goal. The former Oil King now has 26 goals on the year.

The goal would spell the end of the night for Ungar, who turned aside 8 of the 11 shots he faced. Kruger would finish the night with 20 saves in relief.

The parade to the penalty box continued in the 2nd period for the Wheat Kings who found themselves shorthanded twice more before the midway point of the middle frame. The Tigers would capitalize on the 2nd opportunity as Ryan Jevne notched his 22nd of the year to open up a four-goal lead for the Tigers

Medicine Hat would add one more in the third on route to their 28th victory of the season. Danish import Mads Sogaard turned aside 17 shots for his 2nd career WHL Shutout.

The win opens up a nine-point spread between the Tigers and the Wheat Kings for the top Wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference.

Brand wraps up the road trip with a record of 2-1-0-1, earning five of a possible eight points. With Calgary also losing on Saturday night, the Wheat Kings remain four points out of a playoff spot with a game in hand.

The Wheat Kings are back on the ice Tuesday for the final “Two-for-Tuesday” of the season. The Saskatoon Blades are in town for a 7:00 start at Westoba Place.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

MH – James Hamblin (28) (Nassen) 3:46 4on4
MH – Logan Christensen (6) (McCarry) 6:52
MH – Brett Kemp (26) (Jevne, Nassen) 11:54 PPG

Shots: 15-4 Medicine Hat

2nd PERIOD

MH – Ryan Jevne (22) (Hamblin, Chyzowski) 14:50 PPG

Shots: 8-5 Medicine Hat

3rd PERIOD

MH – Elijah Brown (10) (Steele) 5:58

Final Shots: 32-16 Medicine Hat

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BURZAN THE HERO IN CALGARY

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Calgary, AB (CKLQ) – Ben McCartney (2G-1A), Stelio Mattheos (1G-2A) and Zach Wytinck (3A) each had three-point nights as the Brandon Wheat Kings earned a 6-5 overtime win over the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night.

It was a trip down memory lane on Friday night for the Wheat Kings who hit the ice at the Stampede Corral for the first time since February 8th, 1987 in a game vs the Calgary Wranglers. Ironically enough, that game also ended in a 6-5 score in favor of the Wheaties.

Brandon was the first team to take part in the Hitmen’s “Corral Series” which will pay homage to the Calgary Cowboys, Centennials and the Wranglers in a three-game series.

The Hitmen jumped on the board early as Tye Carriere grabbed a loose puck off a pad save from Ethan Kruger and buried the rebound into the Brandon goal just 1:53 into the game.

Caiden Daley would respond for Brandon just 0:15 seconds later. The Winnipeg, MB native’s 4th of the year marks the first time in his career that he has scored in back-to-back games.

Powerplays were the story in the 2nd period as both teams struggled to stay out of the box.

Both teams would exchange powerplay goals early in the period. Stelio Mattheos and Luke Coleman scored just 0:39 apart, both on the man advantage to keep the game tied at two.

After Hitmen Captain Mark Kastelic put his team up by one on a goalmouth scramble, the Wheat Kings responded with another powerplay marker.

This time, Connor Gutenberg pinballed a shot from the point past Jack McNaughton to keep the game tied heading to the intermission.

In the third, both teams went back and forth countering one another each time the opposition took a lead. With less than five to go in the third, Ben McCartney fired a shot wide of the Calgary goal. The Hitmen defender quickly tried to move it up ice, but sent it off goaltender Jack McNaughton and into the back of the net to give the Wheat Kings the lead.

The Hitmen would tie the game late as Luke Coleman pounced on a rebound and notched his 2nd of the night to force extra time.

Just 0:16 into the overtime, Stelio Mattheos forced a turnover and set up Luka Burzan for the game-winner, lifting the Wheat Kings to their 22nd win of the season.

Ethan Kruger earned his 2nd consecutive victory, making 27 saves while McNaughton stopped 32 shots in the losing effort.

With the three points handed out tonight, Brandon sits just four points back of the Hitmen for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a game in hand.

Brandon will conclude this road trip tomorrow night in Medicine Hat. (8:30 MB time on QCountry Radio).

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

CGY – Tye Carriere (5) (Focht, Coleman) 1:53
BWK – Caiden Daley (4) (Thompson, Iorio) 2:08

Shots: 14-9 Calgary

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (31) (Gutenberg, McCartney) 4on3
CGY – Luke Coleman (16) (Stotts, Yeryomenko) 6:37 PPG
CGY – Mark Kastelic (33) (Elder, Toder) 15:15
BWK – Connor Gutenberg (12) (Wytinck) 17:17 PPG

Shots: 9-8 Calgary

3rd PERIOD

CGY – Mark Kastelic (34) (Elder, Zimmerman) 1:08 PPG
BWK – Ben McCartney (14) (Wytinck, Greig) 2:21
BWK – Ben McCartney (15) (Unassisted) 14:15
CGY – Luke Coleman (17) (Kastelic) 18:18

Shots: 18-10 Brandon

OVERTIME

BWK – Luka Burzan (29) (Mattheos) 0:16

Final Shots: 37-32 Brandon

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