ON THE ROAD AGAIN

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings will board their charter bus tonight and head out on a fourteen-day excursion through Western Canada.

The road trip will cover approximately 5,495 kilometers from start to finish with seven games on the agenda vs Central and BC Division opponents.

Brandon is hoping for a better outcome this time around. On the West Coast road trip in 2016-17 the Wheat Kings opened with a win in Victoria but lost six straight games after that to finish the trip 1-5-1-0.

Last year on the US Division road trip, Brandon dropped all seven games of the trip and earning just two points in an OT and a shootout loss.

For those that are curious about the team’s travel and how they approach the annual trip, I thought I would break down each segment of the trip and give the fans a look at what these young men go through on this grueling trip to the Pacific Coast.

**NOTE: The route’s shown on the following maps aren’t necessarily the routes that will be taken. These were the shortest routes labeled on Google Maps.**

Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Brandon to Lethbridge
Depart: 11:45 PM
Arrive: Monday, October 22nd @ 8:30 AM (MST)
Total KM: 987

1 BDN to Leth

Once in Lethbridge, the team will skate at the Enmax Centre in preparation for their Tuesday night game vs the Hurricanes.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
Brandon vs Lethbridge
Game Time: 8:00 PM (MB)
Depart for Cranbrook, BC: 10:45 PM
Arrive in Cranbrook, BC: Wednesday, October 24th 1:45 AM (MST)
Total KM: 304

2 LETH to KTN

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Brandon vs Kootenay
Game Time: 8:00 PM (MB)
Depart for Tsawwassen, BC: 10:45 PM
Arrive in Tsawwassen, BC: Thursday, October 25th 8:00AM (PST)
Depart on Ferry from Tsawwassen, BC to Swartz Bay: 11:00AM (PST)
Arrive in Victoria, BC: 1:00 PM (PST)
Total KM: 931

3 KTN to VIC

The Wheat Kings will practice in Victoria on both Thursday and Friday before playing the Royals at the Save on Foods Centre, Saturday, October 27th. (9:00 MB Time)

Saturday, October 27th, 2018
Brandon @ Victoria
Game Time: 9:05 PM (MB)
Remain in Victoria overnight

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Sunday, October 28th, 2018
Depart for Langley, BC: 9:00AM (PST)
Arrive in Langley, BC: 1:40 PM (PST)
Total KM: 124
Brandon @ Vancouver
Game Time: 6:00 PM (MB)
Depart for Prince George, BC: 8:00 PM (PST)
Arrive in Prince George , BC: Monday, October 29th @ 4:00 AM (PST)
Total KM: 745

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The Wheat Kings will practice in Prince George on Monday before taking on the Cougars at the CN Centre, Tuesday night. (8:30 MB Time)

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018
Brandon @ Prince George
Game Time: 8:30 PM (MB)
Depart for Kamloops, BC: 10:45 PM
Arrive in Kamloops, BC: Wednesday, October 31st 4:15 AM (MST)
Total KM: 521

6 PG to KAM

Wednesday and Thursday will be practice days again for the Wheat Kings. While some practices are designated as “Optional” which players practice is entirely up to the coaches discretion. On long road trips, often practice will be 10-12 guys or less. Some players may need rest or rehab due to minor injuries while others want the extra ice time.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Brandon @ Kamloops
Game Time: 9:00 PM (MB)
Depart for Kelowna, BC: 11:00 PM
Arrive in Kelowna, BC: Saturday, November 2nd @ 12:30AM (MST)
Total KM: 165

7 KAM to KEL

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Brandon @ Kelowna
Game Time: 9:05 PM (MB)
Depart for Brandon, MB: 11:00 PM
Arrive in Brandon, MB:  Sunday, November 4th @ 8:00 PM (MB)
Total KM: 1,718

8 KEL to BDN

For those keeping score at home, that is 5,495 kilometers logged on the highway across three provinces in a 14-day span. While it may seem like a daunting task, life on the road in the WHL is where the best of friendships are made. Players bond on the bus and in the hotels and if you ask any alumni of the junior hockey world, they will tell you that their best memories came on the road with “The boys.”

QCountry Radio will have the broadcast of every game on the road trip. A full broadcast schedule is available at http://www.qcountryfm.ca.

 

 

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BWK PENALTY TROUBLES COST THEM VS CALGARY

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – A trio of powerplay goals lifted the Calgary Hitmen to a 4-3 overtime victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night.

It was a pair of late powerplays that got the offense started on Saturday night. The Hitmen opened the scoring on their first man advantage as Mark Kastelic notched his team-leading 9th of the season.

Just 1:31 later on another powerplay it was Luke Prokop scoring his first WHL goal. In a neat twist, the goal was assisted by his brother Josh.

Until Saturday night the Wheat Kings had scored first in eight of the first nine games this season.

In the 2nd, Connor Gutenberg got the Wheat Kings on the board. Caiden Daley slipped a pass from below the goal line through a maze of legs and it was the Brandon native who found the back of the net past rookie netminder Jack McNaughton. Despite a flurry of chances on a later period powerplay, the Wheat Kings could not draw even.

Calgary would open up a 3-1 lead early in the third period as Luke Coleman found a loose puck behind Ethan Kruger and poked it over the goal line.

Baron Thompson would put Brandon on the comeback trail as he took a pass from ty Thorpe and beat McNaughton through the five-hole to cut the Hitmen lead to one.

Then with 7:57 left in the third period, Rossburn’s Chad Nychuk sent a seeing-eye wrist shot towards the Calgary goal. The knuckle-puck eluded the netminder and tied the game. For Nychuk, it was his first career Western Hockey League goal.

Late in the third period, Stelio Mattheos would be called for goaltender interference sending the Hitmen to the powerplay as the game rolled over into overtime.

Just 0:45 into the extra frame, Hitmen Captain Mark Kastelic snapped home his 2nd of the game to give the Hitmen their third straight victory on this Eastern Conference road trip.

The Hitmen finished the night 3/4 on the powerplay while Brandon couldn’t convert on their lone man advantage.

Ethan Kruger stopped 29 shots for the Wheat Kings while McNaughton made 28 saves for the win.

Brandon now opens a 14-day road trip on Tuesday in Lethbridge. (8:00 MB time on QCountry)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

CGY – Mark Kastelic (9) (Yeryomenko, Zamula) 17:29 PPG
CGY – Luke Prokop (1) (J.Prokop, Focht) 19:00 PPG

Shots: 10-6 Calgary

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (4) (Daley, McCorrister) 4:53

Shots: 20-10 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

CGY – Luke Coleman (3) (Focht, Toder) 5:57
BWK – Baron Thompson (1) (Thorpe, Hooker) 8:31
BWK – Chad Nychuk (1) (Thompson, Wytinck) 12:03

Shots: 12-5 Calgary

OVERTIME

CGY – Mark Kastelic (11) (Kryski, Zamula) 0:45 PPG

Final Shots: 33-31 Calgary

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WHEAT KINGS BOUNCE BACK ON TOOTOO NIGHT

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) –  The Brandon Wheat Kings got 36-saves from Jiri Patera and a hat-trick from Stelio Mattheos as they capped off Jordin Tootoo Homecoming Night with a 5-2 win over the Everett Silvertips.

Once again the Wheat Kings found a way to open the scoring. Just 8:09 into the period, Lynden McCallum beat Dustin Wolf with a low wrist shot for the 8th ‘first-goal’ of the season for Brandon.

The Wheat Kings who killed off four penalties in the first period, including a full 2:00 5on3, would make it 2-0 off the stick of Stelio Mattheos. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect was not done there.

In the 2nd, the Silvertips would capitalize on a pair of powerplays but it was the Wheat Kings with two goals in three minutes to maintain a two-goal lead.

First, it was Lynden McCallum with his 2nd of the night before Mattheos took a great pass from Chase Hartje and deposited it past Dustin Wolf for his 2nd.

Despite the goals, Everett took control in the 2nd outshooting the Wheat Kings 22-11 but it was the Czech import goaltender Jiri Patera who stood on his head keeping the Wheat Kings in front.

In the third, Stelio Mattheos would ice the game with an empty-netter on a selfless play from Linden McCorrister to give himself his first hat-trick of the season.

Ben McCartney and Luka Burzan each finished with a pair of assists as the Wheat Kings move to 6-1-1-1 on the season and 4-1-0-1 at Westoba Place.

Brandon finished the night 1/4 on the powerplay while the ‘Tips scored twice on six chances.

This five-game homestand ends Saturday night when the Calgary Hitmen make their first trip to the Wheat City. (7:30 on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Lynden McCallum (2) (Greig, McCartney) 8:09
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (9) (Burzan) 11:21

Shots: 11-9 Everett

2nd PERIOD

EVR – Sahvan Khaira (2) (Vitelli, Fairbrother) 13:28 PPG
BWK – Lynden McCallum (3) (McCartney, Salame) 15:00
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (10) (Hartje, Burzan) 18:00
EVR – Connor Dewar (8) (Wylie, Sutter) 18:58 PPG

Shots: 22-11 Everett

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (11) (McCorrister) 19:30 PPG ENG

Final Shots: 38-31 Everett

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CHIEFS HAND BWK FIRST REGULATION LOSS

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Spokane Chiefs handed the Brandon Wheat Kings their first regulation loss of the season on Tuesday night, 6-4 in front of 3200+ fans at Westoba Place.

The Wheat Kings opened the scoring for the seventh time this season on a circus play that couldn’t be duplicated if they tried. With the puck stuck on the back of the net, Stelio Mattheos hit the mesh, popping the puck up into the air, Burzan used his hand-eye coordination to poke the puck out of mid-air over the pad of Bailey Brkin.

Brandon quickly made it 2-0 when Ridley Greig split the defense and roofed his 2nd of the season. The highlight reel goal was scored on the 2nd powerplay of the night for Brandon.

The Chiefs quickly responded just thirteen seconds after the Greig goal. Riley Woods found himself wide open in front and slipped home his 8th of the season.

Spokane kept coming, on the powerplay just over two minutes later Jack Finley potted his 2nd of the season after Luke Toporowski drove hard to the net. Finley was playing in his first game since he and Wheat King Ridley Greig were named to Hockey Canada’s U17 Team.

The two teams would exchange goals in the 2nd period. Eli Zummack gave Spokane their first lead of the game but just 0:20 seconds later Stelio Mattheos snapped home his 8th of the year to tie the game at three.

Brandon would take an early third-period lead on a pinball shot from Braden Schnieder that went off the end board, then a pair of Chiefs and in. The ricochet was the Prince Albert, SK native’s first of the season.

Spokane responded again as Eli Zummack notched his 2nd of the night before Jack Finley did the same to make the game 5-4 Chiefs.

With the goalie pulled, Ethan McIndoe would seal the game with an empty netter, giving the Chiefs a 2-1-0-0 record thru three games in this Eastern Conference road trip.

Jiri Patera finished the night with 37 saves while Brkin kicked aside 36 shots for the win.

The Wheat Kings will hit the reset button on Friday when they welcome another US Division opponent in the Everett Silvertips. (7:30 on QCountry Radio.)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Luka Burzan (8) (Mattheos, Lambos) 3:41
BWK – Ridly Greig (2) (Nychuk, Patera) 9:53 PPG
SPO – Riley Woods (8) (Beckman, McGrew) 10:06
SPO – Jack Finley (2) (Toporowski, Reid) 12:23 PPG

Shots: 16-7 Spokane.

2nd PERIOD

SPO – Eli Zummack (4) (Woods) 12:55
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (8) (Burzan, Reinhardt) 13:15

Shots: 23-14 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Braden Schneider (1) (McCorrister) 4:22
SPO – Eli Zummack (5) (Smith, Toporowski) 11:34
SPO – Jack Finley (3) (McIndoe) 17:23
SPO – Ethan McIndoe (2) (Smith) 19:10 ENG

Final Shots: 43-40 Spokane

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HOFER STEALS THE SHOW IN A BRONCOS VICTORY

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings fired everything but the kitchen sink at the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night but couldn’t get the go-ahead goal they needed in a 3-2 shootout loss at Westoba Place.

For the sixth time this season, the Brandon Wheat Kings opened the scoring. With the referee’s arm up for a delayed penalty, Stelio Mattheos took a pass and roofed a wrist shot from an impossible angle to give Brandon a 1-0 lead.

In the 2nd, the Broncos would tie it up on a defensive miscue at the Wheat King blueline. A bouncing puck sent the Broncos in on a 2on0 breakaway and Alec Zawatsky made no mistake burying his team-leading 4th of the season.

Just four minutes later the Wheat Kings would regain the lead on the powerplay as Stelio Mattheos beat Joel Hofer on the short side giving him two on the night. Hofer made 53 saves on the night.

In the third, Andrew Fyten bounced a pass off the chest of Schael Higson, up over the head of Ethan Kruger and into the back of the net to tie the game at two.

Kruger, who was making his WHL debut made 30 saves.

In overtime, neither team could find the back of the net. The Broncos had a powerplay in the extra frame but hit two goal posts and couldn’t find any luck around the net.

In the shootout, the Broncos got two more saves from Hofer who was named the game’s first star. Alec Zawatsky and Max Patterson scored for the Broncos to give them their first win of the season.

Brandon welcomes Spokane on Tuesday in the first Two for Tuesday of the season! (7:00 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Stelio Mattheos (6) (Burzan, Daley) 13:44

Shots: 17-10 Brandon

2nd PERIOD

SC – Alec Zawatsky (4) (Fyten, Patterson) 10:25
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (7) (Gutenberg, Higson) 14:45 PPG

Shots: 24-9 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

SC – Andrew Fyten (2) (Horning, N.King) 7:43

Shots: 11-11

OVERTIME 

No Scoring

Final Shots: 55-32 Brandon

SHOOTOUT 

SC – Alec Zawatsky GOAL
BWK – Stelio Mattheos NO GOAL
SC – Max Patterson GOAL
BWK – Luka Burzan NO GOAL

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WHEATIES WIN IN OVERTIME

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings improved to 5-0-1-0 on the season with a 5-4 overtime win over the Moose Jaw Warriors Friday night.

For the fifth time in six games, the Wheat Kings opened the scoring. Schael Higson scored on a seeing-eye point shot that beat Warriors netminder Brodan Salmond.

Less than ten minutes later it was deja-vu for Higson as he hammered home his 2nd of the night from an identical spot on the ice.

Brandon dodged a bullet in the first period when Jiri Patera swept the puck off the goalline while swimming around the crease like fellow Czech netminder Dominik Hasek. Upon video review, the puck never entered the net.

In the 2nd, the Wheat Kings found themselves in penalty trouble and the Warriors made them pay. Two powerplay goals in less than 2 minutes got the Warriors right back into the game and allowed them to take over the momentum.

However, when it looked like Moose Jaw was bound to take their first lead of the night, Jonny Hooker picked up a loose puck and shoveled it past Salmond to restore the one-goal lead.

In the third, the Warriors came on strong and took their first lead of the game with goals from Jett Woo and Tristen Langan. Langan finished the night with two goals and two assists for four points.

With a little over 1:20 to go, and Jiri Patera on the bench, former Warrior Luka Burzan snapped home a rebound to send the game to overtime.

Just like a week ago in Moose Jaw, the overtime period didn’t last a minute. Connor Gutenberg took a pass from Schael Higson and snapped a wrist shot over the shoulder of Salmond to send the water-bottle flying and send the 3366 fans in attendance home happy.

Schael Higson would finish the night with 2G-3A and was named the games first star, while Jiri Patera turned aside 37 shots for his 5th victory of the season.

It is a quick turnaround for the Wheat Kings who welcome the Swift Current Broncos on Saturday night. (7:30 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Schael Higson (2) (Thompson, McCartney) 5:30
BWK – Schael Higson (3) (Mattheos, Burzan) 13:44

Shots: 14-8 Moose Jaw

2nd PERIOD

MJ – Josh Brook (4) (Almeida, Langan) 9:25 PPG
MJ – Tristan Langan (6) (Almeida, Brook) 11:07 PPG
BWK – Jonny Hooker (2) (Mattheos, Higson) 13:28

Shots: 10-5 Moose Jaw

3rd PERIOD

MJ – Jett Woo (1) (Langan, Almeida) 5:35 4on4
MJ – Tristan Langan (7) (Almeida, Hunt) 16:11
BWK – Luka Burzan (7) (Higson, McCartney) 18:33 6on5

Shots: 15-9 Moose Jaw

OVERTIME

BWK – Connor Gutenberg (3) (Higson, Patera) 4:35

Final Shots: 41-24 Moose Jaw

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WHEATIES SCORE TOUCHDOWN IN RIDERVILLE

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Regina, SK (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings got goals from seven different players on route to a 7-3 victory over the Regina Pats on Saturday night.

The Pats dominated the first period, outshooting the Wheat Kings 17-10 but it was a buzzer beater goal on the powerplay that opened the scoring for Brandon.

With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, Jiri Patera came out of his crease and send a long hail mary pass to Stelio Mattheos. Mattheos quickly sent it over to Cole Reinhardt who beat Regina netminder Dean McNabb with just 0.06 seconds left in the period.

The momentum quickly shifted in the 2nd period as the Wheat Kings exploded for five goals, to open up a 6-1 lead.

After a HUGE Baron Thompson body-check Jonny Hooker took a loose puck and beat Dean McNabb for his first of the year.

The Pats would quickly respond however, Austin Pratt snapped home his 3rd of the season, finishing off a 2on1 rush with Nikita Sedov. The goal would cut the Wheat Kings lead to one.

Just four minutes later, Ben McCartney took a pass from Ridly Greig, batted it out of mid-air and beat McNabb for his first of the season to restore the two-goal lead.

Less than a minute later the Pats went to the powerplay but it was the Wheat Kings who found the back of the net, not once but twice. Caiden Daley and Lynden McCallum scored shorthanded breakaway goals just 0:28 seconds apart to stun the Brandt Centre crowd and give Brandon a 5-1 lead.

For good measure, Stelio Mattheos would snap home his 3rd goal in two games on the powerplay to make it 6-1 at the 2nd intermission.

The Pats would add a pair of goals in the third period to make it interesting but Connor Gutenberg’s 2nd of the season would seal the deal and help Brandon take 3 of 4 points from Division Rivals here this Thanksgiving weekend.

Jiri Patera was excellent between the pipes for Brandon making 37 saves. He was named the game’s first star. Meanwhile, Dean McNabb was pulled after allowing six goals on 25 shots. He was replaced by Prince Albert Mintos goalie Carter Woodside.

The Wheat Kings will now enjoy some time off before welcoming the Moose Jaw Warriors to Westoba Place next Friday. (7:30 on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

BWK – Cole Reinhardt (2) (Matthoes, Patera) 19:59 PPG

Shots: 17-10 Regina

2nd PERIOD

BWK – Jonny Hooker (1) (Unassisted) 2:34
REG – Austin Pratt (3) (Sedov, Gavlas) 3:46
BWK – Ben McCartney (1) (Greig) 7:37
BWK – Caiden Daley (1) (Unassisted) 8:53 SHG
BWK – Lynden McCallum (1) (Unassisted) 9:21 SHG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (5) (Higson, Gutenberg) 16:48 PPG

Shots: 15-8 Brandon

3rd PERIOD

REG – Nick Henry (1) (Krane, Wright) 1:49
BWK – Connor Gutenberg (2) (McCorrister, Daley) 8:01
REG – Scott Mahovlich (1) (Njihoff, Harkins) 14:23

Final Shots: 40-34 Regina

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