WHEAT KINGS WIN A WILD ONE

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – It was a night for the record books as the Brandon Wheat Kings knocked off the Vancouver Giants 6-5 on Friday night.

Special teams played a major factor in the game as only two of the eleven goals scored on the night were at even strength.

Kale Clague recorded his 2nd hat-trick of the season for Brandon as he registered four points on the night in a first star performance. Not to be outdone, Ty Ronning of the Giants had an identical stat line.

Brandon was able to convert four times on the powerplay on the night including goals on a pair of two-man advantages. In what is no doubt some sort of WHL record, four goals were scored on 5 on 3 scenarios tonight. (Requests to the WHL Media Department for stat clarification, have not been returned)

Stelio Mattheos (1G-1A), Ty Lewis (1G-2A) and Tanner Kaspick (2A) all had multi-point nights for Brandon while Logan Thompson made 29 saves for the victory.

On the other side of the coin, Dylan Plouffe had a pair of goals for Vancouver while Brad Morrison (2A), and Matt Barberis (2A) had multi-point nights in the losing cause. David Tendeck turned aside 26 of 32 shots he faced between the pipes.

Brandon will continue their BC Division homestand tonight when they welcome the Victoria Royals to Westman Place. (7:30 Puck Drop | 7:00 on 880 AM and 91.5 FM)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

VAN – Ty Ronning (7) (Malm, Holt) 11:28 (5on3)
BWK – Kale Clague (8) (Schneider) 15:36 (5on3)

Shots: 10-10

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (10) (Kaspick, Lewis) 1:43 PPG
VAN – Ty Ronning (8) (Barberis, Kannock-Leipert) 12:02
BWK – Kale Clague (9) (Gutenberg, Kaspick) 13:38 (5on3)
BWK – Ty Lewis (8) (McCorrister, Mattheos) 14:22 PPG
BWK – Kale Clague (10) (Lewis) 19:38 (4on4)

Shots: 14-8 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

VAN – Ty Ronning (9) (Byrom, Morrison) 0:46 (4on4)
VAN – Dylan Plouffe (2) (Morrison, Roman) 5:09 PPG
BWK – Kade Jensen (2) (Clague, McCartney) 17:09
VAN – Dylan Plouffe (3) (Barberis, Ronning) 18:51 (5on3)

Final Shots: 34-32 Vancouver

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THOMPSON SHINES IN LOSS TO REGINA

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Regina, SK (CKLQ) – In a fitting tribute, the goalie with Tragically Hip lyrics painted on his mask turned in a spectacular performance on Wednesday night.

Despite a 2-1 loss, Logan Thompson, who has the lyrics to the hit song “Wheat Kings” scripted under the cage of his helmet turned aside 45 shots and was named the game’s 2nd star.

The Pats opened the scoring on the powerplay when George King redirected home his 4th of the season. The early goal would be the only one to find the twine for virtually forty minutes as neither team could buy a goal.

The Pats threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Wheat Kings outshooting them 35-14 through forty minutes, but couldn’t beat Thompson. Brandon was shorthanded for 7:00 in the 2nd period after Evan Weinger was given a major penalty for a collision with Robbie Holmes. With the help of Thompson, the Wheat Kings were able to kill it off.

In the third, the Wheat Kings desperately tried to get back into the game but couldn’t convert. While on the powerplay late and the goaltender pulled Jake Leschyshyn was hauled down on the way to the empty net and was automatically awarded a goal.

Ty Lewis finally beat Tyler Brown late in the third but it was too little too late and the Pats would hang on for their third straight victory.

Brandon will hit the reset button and welcome a pair of BC Division opponents to the Wheat City this weekend. The Vancouver Giants come to town Friday night, with Victoria rolling through on Saturday. Both games are at 7:30 at Westman Place.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

REG – George King (4) (Davidson, Sloboshan) 8:47

Shots: 24-7 Regina

2nd PERIOD


No Scoring

Shots: 11-7 Regina

3rd PERIOD


REG – Jake Leschyshyn (2) (Davidson) 18:20 EN – SH
BWK – Ty Lewis (7) (Kaspick, McCorrister) 19:20 6on5

Final Shots: 47-29

 

 

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PLENTY OF NEWS FROM BWK CAMP TUESDAY

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings will be well represented at the CIBC Canada-Russia Series in November.

Ty Lewis, Tanner Kaspick and Kale Clague all made the cut for Team WHL who will take on Russia in Moose Jaw and Swift Current November 6th and 7th.

Full Story – WheatKings.com

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Braden Schneider will pull on the Red and White of Team Canada at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in November.

The Prince Albert, SK native was the lone Wheat King to crack the list. Canada will be represented by three teams (Red, White, Black) at the six day tournament.

Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, BC will play host to the event which showcases the top 2001 born players in the world.

Full Roster – HockeyCanada.ca


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The Brandon Wheat Kings unveiled their special edition Don Cherry themed jerseys on Tuesday.

The club will wear them Friday night vs Vancouver as part of a league wide initiative in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

The team will auction off the jerseys via silent auction during Friday’s game. More details will be released in the next few days.

For full details on the WHL initiative, CLICK HERE

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WEEKEND SWEEP OF THE RAIDERS

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Schael Higson played the role of overtime hero on Sunday afternoon as his slap-shot in the extra frame lifted the Wheat Kings to a 6-5 come from behind victory over the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Raiders had every opportunity to win the game on Sunday, including having a pair of two goal leads in the third period but a relentless Wheat Kings club clawed back to win their 6th straight game.

Stelio Mattheos and Ty Lewis each had three point nights while Gunnar Wegleitner extended his goal scoring streak to six games.

Brandon finished the night 3/6 on the powerplay and killed off four of five opportunities for the Raiders.

Dylan Myskiw got the start in goal and made 20 saves for his 2nd win as a Wheat King, while Curtis Meager stopped 26 shots in the losing effort.

Brandon will put their win streak on the line on Wednesday when they head to Regina to take on the Pats. Game time is 8:00 MB time (7:30 pre-game show on 91.5 FM & 880 AM)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD:

PA – Sean Montgomery (2) (Martin) 0:50
BWK – Tanner Kaspick (3) (Clague, Lewis) 11:05 PP
BWK – Kale Clague (7) (Kaspick, Mattheos) 15:50 PP
PA – Cole Fonstad (4) (Stallard) 17:11

Shots: 11-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD:

PA – Sean Montgomery (3) (Miske, Budik) 0:49

Shots: 8-6 Prince Albert

3rd PERIOD:

PA – Curtis Miske (2) (Fonstad, Martin) 3:25 PP
BWK – Ben McCartney (1) (B.Thompson, Daley) 3:41
PA – Cole Fonstad (5) (Hayes, Kelly) 10:35
BWK – Gunnar Wegleitner (6) (Gutenberg, Lewis) 11:57
BWK – Ty Lewis (6) (Mattheos, Wegleitner) 14:35 PP

Shots: 12-7 Brandon

OVERTIME:

BWK – Schael Higson (1) (Mattheos)

Final Shots: 31-25 Brandon

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MAKE IT FIVE IN A ROW

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings continue to roll as they earned their fifth straight victory on Saturday night.

The Wheat Kings scored quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals from Connor Gutenberg, Ty Lewis, and Evan Weinger.

Gutenberg’s goal came on the powerplay while Weinger found the back of the net for the first time as a Wheat King.

In the 2nd, Brandonite Jordy Stallard potted a pair of powerplay goals just 5:00 apart to give the Raiders some life. Prince Albert would finish the night 2/3 on the man advantage while Brandon went a perfect 2/2.

With 5:00 left in the 2nd, Stelio Mattheos helped the Wheat Kings regain the two-goal lead with his 8th powerplay goal of the season.

Both teams would exchange third-period goals, with Brandon getting one from Gunnar Wegleitner. That goal would extend the Vancouver native’s goal-scoring streak to five games.

Logan Thompson kicked aside 25 shots for the victory, while Meager took the loss for the Raiders after making 27 saves.

These two teams will do it all again Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Pre-game show at 3:30 on 91.5 FM and 880 AM).

SCORING SUMMARY 

1st PERIOD:

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (3) (Higson, Schneider) 12:48 PP
BWK – Ty Lewis (5) (Kaspick) 13:25
BWK – Evan Weinger (1) (Mattheos, McCorrister)  19:37

Shots: 13-7 Brandon

2nd PERIOD:

PA – Jordy Stallard (4) (Fonstand, Miske) 10:21 PP
PA – Jordy Stallard (5) (Fonstand, Martin) 15:20 PP
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (9) (Kaspick, Clague) 17:36 PP

Shots: 11-11

3rd PERIOD:

BWK – Gunnar Wegleitner (5) (Lewis, Kaspick) 5:00
PA – Cole Fonstad (3) (Unassisted) 12:04

Final Shots: 32-28 Brandon

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WHEAT KINGS EXTEND WIN STREAK

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings extended their win streak to four games on Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Brandon scored first for the fifth time this season. Connor Gutenberg opened the scoring just 8:26 into the first period. Brandon is a perfect 5-0 when scoring the game’s opening goal.

The Wheat Kings would quickly jump out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Caiden Daley and Stelio Mattheos. For Daley, it was his first of the year while Mattheos’ goal came on the powerplay. That goal marks his 7th of the season on the man advantage, a stat that leads the WHL.

Edmonton would get their opportunities in the 2nd period to get back in the game but couldn’t convert. The Oil Kings went 0/5 on the powerplay and are now just 2/11 in two games vs Brandon.

Kale Clague an and Gunnar Wegleitner would add insurance markers for Brandon, who move to 5-2-0-1 on the season. Ethan Cap and Matthew Robertson would reply for the Oil Kings.

Logan Thompson made 19 saves for the win, while former Wheat King prospect Josh Dechaine stopped 29 in a losing effort.

Brandon is back on the ice again Saturday when they open a two-game home stand vs the Prince Albert Raiders. (7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 4:00 p.m. Sunday)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (2) (B.Thompson) 8:26
BWK – Caiden Daley (1) (Hooker) 11:55
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (8) (Lewis, Clague) 14:57 PP
EDM – Ethan Cap (1) (Soustal, Fix-Wolansky) 2:17 

Shots: 12-4 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

EDM – Matthew Robertson (3) (McDonald, Atkinson) 16:32
BWK – Kale Clague (6) (Lewis, Mattheos) 9:06 PP

Shots: 12-6 Edmonton

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Gunnar Wegleitner (4) (Kaspick, Lewis) 11:17

Final Shots – 34-21 Brandon

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BWK ACQUIRE OVERAGE FORWARD

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Evan Weinger – Elite Prospects

Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings added another 20-year-old to the mix on Tuesday afternoon.

The club sent a 2018 – 3rd Round Draft Pick to the Portland Winterhawks in exchange for forward Evan Weinger.

The Los Angeles, CA native has appeared in 187 WHL games, scoring 37 times and adding 52 assists.

“[Evan has] good skill that will contribute offensively,” said Wheat Kings General Manager Grant Armstrong. “He plays with high pace and energy.”

The 6’0″ 195 lb. Weinger recently attended the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings development camp before being returned for his fourth and final WHL season.

The trade gives Brandon four overage players with Weinger joining Kade Jensen, Logan Thompson and James Shearer as 20-year-olds. However, Shearer will be out for the foreseeable future recovering from a torn achilles tendon. Shearer’s injury allows the Wheat Kings to carry four overage players. (WHL rule is three per team)

Weinger was scheduled to land in Brandon around 4:30 on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to be in the lineup when the Wheat Kings welcome Edmonton on Wednesday night.

Clague 02CLAGUE NAMED WHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague of the Brandon Wheat Kings is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 8 after recording eight points in three games including five goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-9.

Clague recorded a trio of multi-point performances for the Wheat Kings who won all three games of their weekend Alberta road trip.  Starting off in Edmonton Friday night, the defenceman netted his first career hat-trick which featured an even strength, power play, and shorthanded marker, earning first star honours in the 7-3 win over the Oil Kings.  Clague was named first star again Saturday night in Red Deer with two goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Rebels, and finished the weekend with two assists as part of a 5-3 win over the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday.

A 19-year-old from Lloydminster, Alta., Clague is playing his fourth season with the Wheat Kings who selected sixth overall in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The second round pick of the Kings in the 2016 NHL Draft has produced at a rate of 2.40 points-per-game since returning from his NHL Camp collecting 12 points through five contests.  Clague was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship and in just 48 games of WHL action last season tallied five goals and 35 assists.

Also considered for the award this week was Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack with three goals and four assists for seven points in two games, and Anthony Poulin of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada who recorded seven points in three games with four goals and three assists.

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

 

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