RAIDERS ROLL OVER BRANDON

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For the 2nd time this week, the Prince Albert Raiders knocked off the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Coming off arguably the biggest win of the season, the Wheat Kings came out on Saturday night with an uninspired effort on route to a 4-1 loss at the hands of the last place team in the WHL’s Eastern Division.

The loss capped off an roller coaster of a week in which the Wheat Kings lost three straight, beat the best team in the country and then came out flat against a team with just 15 wins on the season.

The Raiders led 2-0 after one on goals from Austin Crossley and Cavin Leth. The Raiders dominated the pace in the first period and outshot Brandon 13-9 in the frame.

In the 2nd, PA would add another as D-Jay Jerome banked one in off Travis Child from below the goal line. The play would have to be reviewed and despite being waved off on the ice the puck crossed the goal line by just inches despite the best efforts by Garrett Sambrook to pull it to safety.

It was a penalty filled affair with the Raiders being awarded seven power play opportunities, including three separate 5 on 3 situations. Despite being unable to convert on these chances, the Raiders were able to carry the play and momentum for the majority of the game as a result.

Brandon would get a power play goal from Reid Duke but it was all they could muster up as the Raiders would ice it on a late goal from Parker Kelly.

Ian Scott was solid in the Raider net making 33 saves in a first star effort, Travis Child turned aside 23 shots in the loss.

Brandon’s loss is especially frustrating as they failed to gain ground on the Swift Current Broncos who lost tonight in overtime. The single point earned moves the 6 points up on the Wheat Kings for 3rd spot in the Eastern Division.

Brandon will have to right the ship quickly as they head out on a four game road trip that starts in Calgary on Wednesday and will end on February 28th in Swift Current.

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BIG WIN FOR BRANDON OVER HIGHWAY #1 RIVALS

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GAME HIGHLIGHTS – CLICK HERE

The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up a huge 5-3 victory on Friday night vs the Eastern Conference leading Regina Pats in front of over 4400 fans at Westman Place.

Brandon got multi-point nights from Connor Gutenberg and Stelio Mattheos, but more importantly got a stellar 45 save performance from Logan Thompson on route to the victory.

Coming off a week in which the Wheat Kings had lost three straight, a quick start was important and they got just that.

Less than 2:00 in, the line of Linden McCorrister, Baron Thompson and Meyer Nell executed the forecheck perfectly and Thompson finished off a nice feed from Nell to open the scoring.

It wouldn’t take long for Brandon to add an insurance marker. Nolan Patrick fired a shot off the pad of Pats netminder Jordan Hollett which bounced off a Regina defensemen and in for his 13th of the season. Brandon led 2-0 just 4:00 into the opening frame.

The Wheat Kings would make it 3-0 on the power play as Ty Lewis sent a rocket of a shot off the bar and in for his 10th PP goal of the season.

Just when it looked like the Wheat Kings might run away with it, the Pats were awarded a power play and quickly got on the board. Connor Hobbs, who would finish the night with 1G-2A  fired home his 26th of the year past Logan Thompson to cut the lead to 2.

Brandon would add another before the 2nd period came to an end as Schael Higson found a loose puck in front and buried his 4th of the year. The Wheat Kings led 4-1 after 40 minutes.

The Pats poured it on in the third and cut the lead to one just 8:11 in as Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks found the back of the net. Despite a late game push, including 23 shots in the third period, the Pats couldn’t draw even.

Stelio Mattheos would seal the game with an empty netter lifting the Wheat Kings to their 28th win of the season and handing Regina just their 8th regulation loss of the season.

Brandon finished the night 2/3 on the power play, while killing off 3 of 5 penalties.

The win didn’t do much in regards to gaining any ground on Swift Current who also won tonight. The Wheat Kings remain 5 points back of the 3rd spot in the Eastern Division.

Brandon is back in action tonight (Saturday) as they welcome the Prince Albert Raiders.

Game time at Westman Place is 7:30. (7:00 on 880 CKLQ)

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WHEATIES DROP THIRD STRAIGHT

The Brandon Wheat Kings losing streak hit three games on Wednesday night in Prince Albert. 

The Wheat Kings fell 5-3 to the Raiders in front of just over 1800 fans at the Art Hauser Centre. 

Coming off the tough 3-1 loss in Moose Jaw the night before, the Wheat Kings were looking for a quick response and they got one from Ty Lewis. 

The Brandonite opened the scoring just 0:46 into the first period to give the Wheat Kings the early lead. 

Midway thru the 1st, the Wheat Kings found themselves in penalty trouble and took back to back minors which led to a Curtis Miske power play goal to tie things up at 1. 

With less than 1:00 to go, Nolan Patrick would pot his 13th of the year off the bar and in to give Brandon a 2-1 lead. 

Despite the late goal, the Raiders were quick to respond and tied things up just 32 seconds later as Tim Vanstone slipped one five hole on Logan Thompson. 

Thompson, who was making his 2nd straight start turned aside 30 shots in the losing effort. 

After the teams exchanged 2nd period goals, the Raiders would take another lead early in the 3rd as Parker Kelly found himself all alone in front and chipped home his 12th of the season. 

Simon Stransky would seal the Wheat Kings fate with an empty netter in the final minute of play, securing the Raiders 15th win of the season. 

Nick Sanders was solid between the pipes for the Raiders, making 22 saves for his 2nd straight victory. 

Good news for the Wheat Kings however, the Swift Current Broncos also lost tonight keeping the race for 3rd place in the division at 5 points. 

Brandon will look to hit the reset button on Friday when they welcome Regina to kick off a two game home stand.

Its Chris Dingman bobble-head night for the first 2000 fans courtesy of Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
Game time is 7:30, the CKLQ pre-game show begins at 7:00. 

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OFFENCE SPUTTERS IN LOSS TO MOOSE JAW

The Brandon Wheat Kings came out flat on Tuesday in a 3-1 loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors. 

Brandon was out shot 12-1 in the first period and trailed 1-0 after Jayden Halbgewachs notched his 43rd of the year past an otherwise stellar Logan Thompson. 

The Warriors would continue to dominate in the 2nd period outshooting Brandon 17-7. 

The teams would exchange goals in the middle frame as Brett Howden and Stelio Mattheos found the back of the net. 

Despite being heavily outplayed and outshot, the Wheat Kings trailed by just one heading into the third period. 

Brandon would fail to convert on both their power plays and before they could pull Thompson for the extra attacker, the Warriors would seal it. 

With less than 2:00 to go in the 3rd, Yan Kohmenko snap home his 13th of the year to put the game out of reach.  

Logan Thompson would finish the night with 31 saves, while Zach Sawchenko had to make just 15 stops for the win. 

Brandon will quickly look to hit the reset button as they take on Prince Albert tonight (Wednesday). 

Game time is 7:00, with the CKLQ pre-game show set to begin at 6:30

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THOMPSON BACKSTOPS BWK TO WIN

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The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up another character building victory on Friday night in front of a packed out at Westman Place.

With a short-staffed lineup of just nine forwards and seven defensemen, the Wheat Kings knocked off the US Division leading Everett Silvertips 2-1.

The Wheat Kings came out flying in the opening minutes and quickly capitalized. Rylan Bettens, who has found some chemistry on a line with Ty Lewis and Connor Gutenberg deflected home a Lewis pass and was credited with his 4th goal of the season and 2nd of the week.

However, despite the early lead the Wheat Kings would quickly give up momentum. Three straight penalties led to almost six straight minutes of power play time for Everett who fired everything but the kitchen sink at Logan Thompson. He would turn aside 18 shots in the first period alone on route to a 34 save evening.

Once Brandon killed off all three penalties they were awarded a power play of their own and quickly convened. Tyler Coulter took the feed from a nifty setup and snapped home his 24th of the year past Mario Petit.

After a scoreless 2nd period, the Silvertips would get on the board in the 3rd. On their 4th power play of the night, Eetu Tuulola tipped home a Noah Juulsen point shot for his 12th of the year.

The Wheat Kings would lock it down from that point on, allowing just nine shots in the third period, all while having to kill of two more penalties. Everett finished the night 1/6 on the PP while Brandon was 1/2.

The Wheat Kings will wrap up this busy week in Saskatoon tonight (Saturday). The CKLQ broadcast begins at 6:30.

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WHEATIES, WARRIORS SPLIT DOUBLE-HEADER

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For the first time in WHL history, two games between the same two teams were completed on the same night on Wednesday.

The Brandon Wheat Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors skated away with 3 points each as both clubs earned OT victories in front of over 4100+ fans at Westman Place.

GAME ONE – WARRIORS 4-3 WIN IN OT

Back on September 24th these two clubs embarked on what was suppose to be a special night for the Wheat Kings as they celebrated their 2016 Championship as well as kick off their 50th Anniversary Celebration.

However, the weather decided it would put an end to the night with the Warriors leading 2-1 with 5:37 left in the 2nd period.

Despite the rosters being completely different, the two clubs picked up right where they left off last night.

It wouldn’t take long before the Wheat Kings got on the board as Stelio Mattheos tied the game up a 2 with his 2nd goal of the game (He scored on Sept 24th as well.)

Following a brief 2:00 break, the third period was underway and the Wheat Kings jumped out in front early. Dmitry Osipov, who wasn’t even a member of the Wheat Kings when this game started sent a seeing eye shot passed Zach Sawchenko for his 3rd of the year.

Then when it looked like the Wheat Kings would cruise to victory a late penalty lead to a Moose Jaw power play. On the man advantage it was Jayden Halbgewachs notching his 41st of the year to send the game to overtime.

Following a pair of end to end rushes, the Warriors would capitalize on a failed BWK opportunity and Thomas Foster raced in on Logan Thompson and lifted the Warriors to the come from behind victory.

Thompson would get credit for the loss on the night, he turned aside seven of nine shots. Meanwhile, Zach Sawchenko kicked aside 14 of 16 to earn the victory.

Neither goaltender was in the net when the game was suspended. Jordan Papirny had stopped 22 of 24 while Brody Willms had made 22 stops on 23 shots.

The OT game was the 5th of the season for the two clubs and would set the table for another fantastic game less than 30 minutes after this one ended.

GAME TWO – WHEAT KINGS 4-3 WIN IN OT

Despite being down to just 9 forward and 7 defence due to illness in the locker room, the Brandon Wheat Kings came out in the 2nd game and quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

Nolan Patrick would open the scoring with his 10th of the season as he slipped it five hole on Sawchenko, who remained in the net for the Warriors.

Before the 1st period would come to a close 16 year old Rylan Bettens found a loose puck as the side of the net and scored his 3rd of the season to give Brandon the 2-0 lead.

In the 2nd, the Warriors would capitalize on a defensive breakdown as somehow Luka Burzan and Justin Almeida ended up all alone on a 2 on 0 breakaway where Almeida would score his 7th of the year past Logan Thompson.

Just like in the first game, the Warriors would tie it up in the 3rd. Winnipeg native Jett Woo fired a puck towards the goal and it deflected off a Wheat Kings player and into the back of the net. Woo would finish the night with a two points and was named the games 3rd star.

Just past the mid-way point of the 3rd period the Warriors Jayden Halbgewachs notched his 2nd of the day and 42nd of the year to give them the lead and the momentum.

Much like the Warriors did in game #1, the Wheat Kings came clawing back. With the extra attacker on, Stelio Mattheos tipped home a Kale Clague point shot to tie the game at three and send it to overtime for the 2nd time in the evening.

Fans didn’t have to wait long as Nolan Patrick fired the game winner over Sawchenko’s shoulder just 0:37 seconds in to the extra frame to give the Wheat Kings the win.

Logan Thompson was solid on the night making 31 saves in game two and 38 saves on the day, while Sawchenko stopped 33 in game two and 47 on the night.

The Wheat Kings will now begin to prepare for the Western Conference leading Everett Silvertips who are in town on Friday. Game time at Westman Place is 7:30. (7:00 on 880 CKLQ)

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FOG BOWL BROADCAST PLANS

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On Wednesday night, the Brandon Wheat Kings and Moose Jaw Warriors will play a game and a half at Westman Communications Group Place.

The two clubs will complete the remaining 25:37 from the home opener (Sept 24) with a regularly schedule game to follow.

The window to exchange your tickets has since passed, but any ticket purchased for Wednesday will get you in to the arena for both games.

Below is our 880 CKLQ Broadcast Format for the evening. Pete and I will be live from 6:00 until the completion of the post-game show following the 2nd game.

**Reminder fans, the timeline below is entirely dependant on the completion of the first game. If it goes to overtime or a shootout, the timeline for the regular game will be pushed back. 

BRANDON WHEAT KINGS vs MOOSE JAW WARRIORS 
CKLQ BROADCAST FORMAT

6:00pm – CKLQ Weather (Wayne Kozak)
6:01pm – Game Starts (Remaining 5:37 of 2nd Period)
*** Remaining 5:37 of 2nd period to be played with NO commercial breaks***

-2:00 Break Between 2nd and 3rd Period (4x :30 Sec Commercials)
Regular 20:00 3rd Period (Regular Commercial Breaks… :30, :90 :30)
-End of First Game
-2:00 Break (4x :30 Sec Commercials)

***All times below depend on the completion of Game #1.**

6:40pm – Start of extended Wheat Kings Coverage
              -David Anning Live on Headset Downstairs
6:45pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
6:47pm – GM Grant Armstrong Live on Headset Downstairs
6:57pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
6:59pm – CKLQ Weather (Wayne Kozak)
7:00pm – Regular Pre-Game Show begins
              – Branden and Pete wrap up Game #1… Tee up Game #2
7:10pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
7:12pm – Interview with Tim Hunter 
7:18pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
7:20pm – Perry Bergson of the Brandon Sun Live on Headset Downstairs
7:25pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
7:27pm – MazerGroup Scratches and Starting Lineups
7:28pm – 4x :30 Sec Commercials
7:30 – 7:33 pm – Puck Drop vs Moose Jaw Warriors

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