BRANDON ICED IN KOOTENAY

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Cranbrook, BC (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings dropped their third in a row on Wednesday night as they fell 4-3 in overtime to the Kootenay ICE.

It was a tough start for the Brandon Wheat Kings who gave up the games first goal on the first shot of the night. Former Wheat King Jaeger White would take a pass from Peyton Krebs and beat Jiri Patera cleanly to give the ICE and early lead.

However, the Wheat Kings would respond on the powerplay as Chase Hartje registered his first goal of the season to tie the game at one. Just two minutes later White would strike again for the ICE beating Patera five-hole for his team-leading 8th of the season.

With less than 2:00 to go in the period, Ben McCartney weaved his way into the zone, dropped a pass to Zach Wytinck who fired a shot off the pad of Duncan McGovern. The rebound landed on the stick of Marcus Sekundiak who buried his first of the season to send the teams to the locker room tied at two.

After a scoreless second period, it was. a pair of special teams goals that sent this game to overtime. First, it was Zach Wytinck scoring on a shorthanded breakaway. The goal was Brandon’s 3rd shorthanded goal of the season. Just minutes later it was a Kootenay powerplay goal from Jonathon Smart that knotted the game back up at three sending this one to overtime.

After a flurry of chances at both ends, Peyton Krebs snapped the ICE’s six-game losing streak by ripping his 5th of the season through the five-hole of Jiri Patera to win the game.

Brandon finished the night 1/5 on the powerplay while the ICE scored once on eight opportunities.

The Wheat Kings will travel overnight to Victoria where they will take on the Royals Saturday night.

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

KTN – Jaeger White (7) (Krebs, Ginnell) 1:18
BWK – Chase Hartje (1) (Greig, Schneider) 12:49 PPG
KTN – Jaeger White (8) (Ginnell, Krebs) 14:25
BWK – Marcus Sekundiak (1) (Wytinck, McCartney) 18:17

Shots: 9-8 Kootenay

2nd PERIOD

No Scoring

Shots 12-10 Kootenay

3rd PERIOD

BWK – Zach Wytink (1) (Mattheos) 3:56 SHG
KTN – Jonathon Smart (1) (McLennon, Muir) 4:48 PPG

Shots: 11-11

OVERTIME

KTN – Peyton Krebs (5) (White) 2:09

Final Shots: 34-30 Kootenay

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WHEATIES OPEN ROAD TRIP WITH A LOSS

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Lethbridge, AB (CKLQ) – The Brandon Wheat Kings ran into a hot goaltender on Tuesday night falling 2-1 to the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

The first period was dead even as both teams had chances. The Hurricanes opened the scoring on the powerplay as Jaden Joseph slipped one past Jiri Patera. That goal was the 4th powerplay goal scored by the Hurricanes vs Brandon this season.

With less than 2:00 to go in the opening period, Stelio Mattheos would get Brandon on the board on the powerplay as well. His drive to the crease opened up the five-hole of Carl Tetachuk where he slipped home his 12th of the season.

Tetachuk, who was making his first WHL start made 33 saves on the night for his first career victory.

In the second the Wheat Kings found themselves in penalty trouble. Three straight Hurricanes powerplays gave them all the momentum in the latter half of the period. On their fourth chance, Taylor Ross beat Jiri Patera on a mad scramble to restore the one-goal lead heading to the intermission.

The Wheat Kings fired everything but the kitchen sink at Tetachuk in the third period, outshooting the Hurricanes 16-3 but could not get the equalizer they needed to send the game to overtime.

With the loss, Brandon drops to 6-2-2-1 on the season while the Hurricanes move to 6-4-1-2.

The Wheat Kings will continue this road trip tomorrow night in Cranbrook with their first meeting of the season against the Kootenay ICE. (8:00 MB time on QCountry Radio)

SCORING SUMMARY

1st PERIOD

LETH – Jaden Joseph (5) (Merezhko, Barlage) 17:19 PPG
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (12) (Wytinck, Gutenberg) 19:01 PPG

Shots: 11-11

2nd PERIOD

LETH – Taylor Ross (9) (Addison, Cozens) 18:08 PPG

Shots: 13-8 Lethbridge

3rd PERIOD

No Scoring

Final Shots: 35-27 Brandon

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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

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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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