FOUR GOAL 2ND LIFTS PATS TO WIN

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The Brandon Wheat Kings wrapped up their weekend three in three with a thud on Sunday afternoon in Regina.

The Pats scored four goals in the 2nd period on route to a 5-2 victory at the Brandt Centre.

Despite being outshot 16-11 in the opening frame, the Wheat Kings managed to score first as Tyler Coulter tipped home a Daniel Bukac point shot past Brandon native Max Paddock.

The Wheat Kings goal came with less than 40 seconds left in the frame, after the club failed to convert on a pair of power play opportunities.

The Pats would come out flying in the 2nd period scoring just 2:02 into the middle frame on the power play as Josh Mahura sent a knuckle ball point shot passed Logan Thompson who was making his third straight start.

The Pats would then get two huge stops from Max Paddock on a Wheat Kings power play and took the momentum from the kill and scored two goals just :36 seconds to quickly jump out to a 3-1 lead.

Before the 2nd period could come to a close, Dawson Leedahl would pot his 2nd of the night on the power play to put the Pats up 4-1.

Regina would finish the night 2/2 on the man advantage while the Wheat Kings failed to convert on four chances.

The Pats took a 5-1 lead late in the third period off the stick of Philip Ahl before Schael Higson slipped a point shot past Paddock with just :44 seconds left in the game.

Paddock was stellar on the afternoon making 29 saves while Logan Thompson was busy again, facing 42 shots in the losing effort.

In three games this weekend, Thompson kicked aside 115 shots. (Back to back 40+ shots against)

The Wheat Kings now take the week off before heading out on their Central Alberta road trip. That swing kicks off Saturday in Medicine Hat. (8:30 on CKLQ)

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WHEAT KINGS TAME TIGERS

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The Brandon Wheat Kings ran their home ice win streak to three games Saturday night with a 5-2 victory over the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers at Westman Communications Group Place.

Netminder Logan Thompson backstopped the Wheat Kings by turning aside 41 shots, including nineteen in the opening period when the Tigers had a number of excellent scoring chances.

However despite being outshot and out chanced in the first, the Wheat Kings jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Nolan Patrick and Connor Gutenberg.

Powerplay goals by Stelio Matheos and Reid Duke in the second gave Brandon a four goal cushion through forty minutes.

In the third, the Tigers pulled to within two on back to back powerplay goals by Max Gerlach and Mason Shaw. Shaw’s came with Brandon defenceman Dmitry Osipov serving a five minute major for charging.

The score stayed that way until the final minute when Patrick notched his second of the night (into the empty net) and fourth since rejoining the lineup last weekend.

Brandon took six of nine minor penalties and the game’s only major and misconduct. The Wheat Kings finished the night 3 for 3 with the man advantage.

With the win, the Wheat Kings improved to 23-17-4-1 on the season as they bounced back from Friday night’s shootout loss in Saskatoon.

The Wheat Kings, who will close out a busy 3-game in three night Western Hockey League weekend on Sunday afternoon in Regina (3:30 on 880 CKLQ)

Photo Courtesy of Bruce Fedyk

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BLADES WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT

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The Brandon Wheat Kings salvaged a point on the road in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.

The Blades jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first period after a broken play led to a loose puck behind the net. Former Wheat King Braylon Shmyr sent the puck in front and it went off Kale Clague and in.

In the 2nd period, the Blades would make it 2-0 when Caleb Fantillo grabbed a rebound and buried his 4th of the year.

The Blades would outshoot Brandon 30-29 thru 40 minutes.

Brandon would find some momentum in the third period on the powerplay as Stelio Mattheos found a loose puck in the slot and fired home his 16th of the season.

Then with the extra attacker on, Tanner Kaspick took a feed from Tyler Coulter and buried the game tying goal with 1:03 left on the clock to send the game to overtime.

In the extra frame, both teams had opportunities but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Shots were 5-4 Brandon in the overtime period.

In the shootout the Blades got goals from Jesse Shynkaruk and Josh Paterson while Logan Flodell stopped 4/5 for the victory.

Logan Thompson made 3/5 saves in the shootout to follow up a 32 save performance thru 65 minutes.

The shootout loss was just the first for the Wheat Kings this season. They came into the night with a perfect 5-0 record.

The extra point pickup keeps the Wheat Kings five points ahead of the Blades for the top Eastern Conference Wildcard spot.

Brandon will need a short memory as they return home to host Medicine Hat tonight (Saturday.) Game time at Westman Place is 7:30, the CKLQ pre-game show hits the air at 7:00.

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WHEATIES WIN A WILD ONE

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It was a night to remember for Ty Coulter as the Wheat Kings forward had a hat trick and three assists in an 8-5 win over Kootenay on Friday night.

In a game that seemed to have a little bit of everything, the Wheat Kings were able to overcome an early 2-0 deficit and a goaltending change to pick up their 21st victory of the season.

In what turned out to be the most important goal of the game, Linden McCorrister scored just 51 seconds after the ICE had taken a 2-0 lead just 6:00 into the first period to give Brandon some much needed momentum.

McCorrister’s goal would lead to a trio of unanswered Wheat King goals to put them ahead 3-2 including the club’s 14th shorthanded marker of the season off the stick of Ty Coulter.

However, the ICE would tie the game up before the first period came to an end on a power play as Dallas Hines found the back of the net beating Logan Thompson along the ice.

The goal would end the night for Thompson who allowed 3 goals on 10 shots, giving way to Travis Child who was making his debut as a Wheat King.

The Wheat Kings would score three unanswered in the 2nd period to take a 6-3 lead heading to the third period but the ICE would not go away quietly.

Back to back goals 3:11 apart cut the lead to one before a pair of late goals finally put it out of reach and gave the Wheat Kings the victory in what was a rather sloppy game in front of 3671 fans at Westman Place.

Nolan Patrick picked up two goals and two assists for four points on the night in his return to the lineup while Reid Duke and Tanner Kaspick also had multi-point nights.

Travis Child turned aside 14/16 shots in 40 minutes of action in his first appearance as a Wheat King while Peyton Lee made 32 saves in the losing cause.

Brandon would finish the night 3/6 on the power play while the ICE mustered a pair of power play goals on five opportunities.

The two teams will do it all again on Saturday night at Westman Place. Game time is 7:30. (7:00 on 880 CKLQ.)

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GEEKIE LEADS THE WAY FOR TRI-CITY

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Strathclair’s Morgan Geekie couldn’t have asked for a better homecoming on Wednesday as he registered four assists and was named the game’s first star in a 5-2 Tri-City victory over the Wheat Kings.

It was a frustrating night for the Wheat Kings who really had no offensive jump or rhythm on the night including going 0/5 on the power play.

“We lacked urgency,” said Head Coach David Anning.

“I don’t think we were ready to play. I don’t think our focus was where it needed to be and I don’t think we were ready to play the right way with structure.”

Brandon would jump out to an early lead as Ty Lewis was the beneficiary of a lucky bounce off a shin-pad, giving him 22 goals on the season.

The Wheat Kings were awarded a 5 on 3 opportunity at the tail end of the first period but were unable to convert. That leaves them 0/13 with the two man advantage this season.

“On the 5 on 3, I thought we were a little to robotic and methodical,” added Anning.

“We knew what we wanted to execute but we didn’t do it quick enough and that ties into being prepared to play.”

Regardless of the inability to convert on the powerplay, Baron Thompson would give the Wheat Kings a 2-0 lead early in the second period.

Just as the Wheat King man advantage came to an end, Thompson made a nice power move out of the corner and snapped home his 2nd of the year past Rylan Parenteau.

Parenteau would turn aside 29 shots for the victory, while Logan Thompson made 29 saves as well in the losing effort.

Tri-City would finish the 2nd period by adding thee goals in an 8:00 span including a short-handed goal by Parker AuCoin, his third shorthanded goal of the season.

In the third period Jordan Topping would finish off his natural hat-trick with a powerplay goal and an empty netter to seal the Americans fourth straight win and put an end to Brandon’s mini two game winning streak.

On the bright side, all three of Brandon’s trade deadline acquisitions arrived in the Wheat City in time to be in the lineup. Kade Jensen registered his first point as a Wheat King with an assist on Ty Lewis’ first period goal.

The Kootenay ICE are in town for a weekend double-header kicking off Friday night at Westman Place. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 (7:00 on 880 CKLQ).

 

 

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WHEAT KINGS MAKE A SPLASH

 

 

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The Brandon Wheat Kings made a pair of major moves on Wednesday acquiring a pair of defensemen and a goaltender in exchange for Jordan Papirny and Jordan Wharrie.

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The Wheat Kings first move of the day came as they moved 20 year old goaltender Jordan Papirny and a 2018 4th round pick to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for 19 year old goaltender Travis Child as well as fellow 19 year old Kade Jensen.

The Wheat Kings also picked up a 2019 2nd & 5th round pick from the Broncos.

The move then allowed the club to pursue 20 year old defensemen Dmitry Osipov from the Vancouver Giants in exchange for 19 year old defensemen Jordan Wharrie.

“We worked hard as a group to put this whole thing together” said General Manager Grant Armstrong.

“This is a hockey deal and I really want to stress that. We are trying to make our hockey team better to take on the task of being a strong hockey club in the 2nd half and on into the playoffs.”

Travis Child – Elite Prospects
Kade Jensen – Elite Prospects
Dmitry Osipov – Elite Prospects


WHEAT KINGS TRANSACTIONS

9:43am – The Brandon Wheat Kings have assigned 98 D Blake Jameson to the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.

4:00pm – The Brandon Wheat Kings sent overage goalkeeper Jordan Papirny and a fourth round draft pick in 2018 to the Swift Current Broncos in exchange for two 19-year olds – netminder Travis Child and defenceman Kade Jensen as well as both a second and fifth round pick in the 2019 Bantam Draft.

-The Brandon Wheat Kings trade defenceman Jordan Wharrie to the Vancouver Giants in exchange for 20-year old Russian blueliner Dmitry Osipov.

WESTMAN RELATED TRANSACTIONS

-The Regina Pats have acquired 18-year-old defenceman Josh Mahura, 18-year-old forward Jeff de Wit and a conditional third round pick in 2019 from Red Deer. In exchange, the Pats send 18-year-old forward Lane Zablocki, 16-year-old defenceman Dawson Bateaux (Foxwarren, MB), a first round pick in 2017 and a first rounder in either 2018 or 2019 to Red Deer.

– The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club have acquired 18-year-old left wing Luke Coleman and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for 19-year-old centre Jordy Stallard (Brandon, MB) and a seventh-round selection in 2017.

-The Kootenay ICE have acquired Brett Davis (Oakbank, MB) and Colton Kroeker, along with second and fourth round selections in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft in exchange for Forwards Matt Alfaro, Zak Zborosky and a sixth round selection in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

JUNIOR ‘A’ TIDBITS

-Former Brandon Wheat Kings defensemen Jordan Thomson has been traded from the MJHL’s Portage Terriers to the Virden Oil Capitals in exchange for defensemen Cole Oliver.

-The BCHL’s Penticton Vees acquire the CJHL playing rights of D Jordan Wharrie (97) from Nanaimo for F Dakota Odgers (96). (Meaning, If Wharrie does not play in the WHL as a 20 year old next season, he will have the option to play in the BCHL for Penticton)

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BRANDONITES LIFT BWK TO VICTORY

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It was a hard-hitting, physical and emotional match-up between the Swift Current Broncos and Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night at the Credit Union i-Plex.

Ty Lewis got things going for Brandon 8:13 into the first period with his 19th of the season before the Broncos replied in fine fashion.

Off a faceoff deep in Wheat Kings territory, Broncos captain Glenn Gawdin won the faceoff directly to the stick of Tyler Steenbergen who deposited his team-leading 28th goal to make it a 1-1 game. Gawdin got himself in the goal scoring action, one-timing his 13th marker 45 seconds later to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead.

Then it was Arizona Coyotes prospect Lane Pederson joining in on the action with an unassisted goal to extend the Bronco advantage 3-1. The three goals scored by Swift Current came in a span of 2:35.

The Broncos were shorthanded six times in the first period but successfully killed of all six Wheat Kings’ power play chances.

Brandon would slowly crawl back into this game as Ty Lewis skated directly to the net from the corner and stuffed it by Broncos goaltender Travis Child to make it a one-goal game late in the second period.

Minutes into the third, Tanner Kaspick potted in his 12th to tie this contest at 3-3. He then followed suit with a short handed tally at the 11:18 mark of the third period to restore Brandon’s lead 4-3.

Lewis took a tripping penalty with less than seven minutes remaining in regulation to send the Broncos back to the power play, but the Wheat Kings spoiled that opportunity as forward Tyler Coulter netted a short handed goal of his own to extend their cushion to 5-3.

The Broncos pulled Travis Child late for the extra attacker and got a goal from Steenbergen to narrow the gap 5-4 but that was all they could mustard as it stood to be the final score.

Shots on goal were 34-33 in favour of Swift Current. The Wheat Kings went 1/7 on the power play while the Broncos finished 1/5 on the man advantage.

The Wheat Kings will return home Saturday to take on Calgary in their first meeting of the season. (7:00 on 880 CKLQ)

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