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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)