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Saskatoon, SK (CKLQ) – Josh Paterson had a goal and an assist as the Saskatoon Blades earned a 5-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday afternoon.

It was a quick start for the Wheat Kings as Ben McCartney lit the lamp just 0:53 into the hockey game. The Portage, MB native took a pass from Luka Burzan and sniped his 9th of the year over the glove of Yorkton’s Nolan Maier.

Just three minutes later the Blades would respond as Max Gerlach finished off a two-on-one and slipped his 24th of the season through the five-hole of Jiri Patera, who was making his 2nd consecutive start for Brandon.

After the Blades took the lead, Brandon found themselves on a two-man advantage and made no mistake. Luka Burzan notched his fourth goal in two games to lock the game up at two heading to the intermission.

In the second, the Blades regained the lead on the powerplay. Josh Paterson whacked away at the pads of Patera and finally jarred the puck loose and into the back of the Brandon net to give the Blades their 2nd lead of the game.

Late in the period, Baron Thompson hit Majid Kaddoura along the benches and was assessed a five-minute major for checking to the head. Brandon’s penalty killers did an excellent job limiting the Blades chances and keeping them from adding the insurance marker they needed.

Saskatoon would add two more in the third, including an empty-netter to earn their 25th victory of the season.

Nolan Maier finished the night with 25 saves while Jiri Patera turned aside 32 shots in the losing effort.

Following the game, the Wheat Kings will head home and welcome the Portland Winterhawks on Tuesday (7:00 on QCountry Radio).



BWK – Ben McCartney (9) (Burzan) 0:53
SAS – Max Gerlach (24) (Wouters, Haden) 3:52
SAS – Reece Harsch (3) (Patterson, Schuldhaus) 7:30
BWK – Luka Burzan (23) (Mattheos, Wytinck) 19:16 5on3

Shots: 11-9 Saskatoon


SAS – Josh Paterson (13) (Florchuk, Crnkovic) 3:27 PPG

Shots: 16-8 Saskatoon


SAS – Zach Huber (8) (Schmidt, De La Gorgendiere) 7:45
SAS – Emil Malysjev (2) (Unassisted) 19:26 ENG

Final Shots: 37-29 Saskatoon

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – Luka Burzan (3G-2A) recorded his 2nd career hat-trick as the Brandon Wheat Kings beat Seattle 7-3 on Friday night.

The line of Burzan, Stelio Mattheos (2A) and Cole Reinhardt (2G-1A) combined for ten points on the night as the offense finally found some confidence.

For the second straight game, the Wheat Kings opened the scoring. Cole Reinhardt broke through the Seattle defenders and snapped home his 8th of the season to give Brandon an early lead. The powerplay goal was the first for the Wheat Kings in three games.

Moments later, Luka Burzan would find a loose puck and bank it in off a Seattle forward to give Brandon a 2-0 lead prior to the media timeout of the first period.

Seattle would get one back on the powerplay. Noah Philp fired a shot through a screen that fooled Jiri Patera, who was making his first start since returning from the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. Patera would finish the night with 37 saves.

The Wheat Kings broke the game open with a four-goal second period capped off with Luka Burzan’s 2nd career WHL hat-trick. The Wheat Kings offensive explosion chased Cole Schwebius from the Seattle goal after scoring 4 goals on 13 shots.

Seattle would chip away at the Brandon lead, scoring twice including the second of the night for Noah Philp but it was a close as they would come.

Brandon’s win snapped a four-game losing streak and moves them to 16-14-3-3 on the season. The win was also just the 2nd regular season victory over Seattle in the last six seasons.

Saturday is a travel day for the Wheat Kings who will head to Saskatoon to take on the Blades in a matinee affair. (4:00 on QCountry Radio)



BWK – Cole Reinhardt (6) (Schneider, Hartje) 3:40 PPG
BWK – Luka Burzan (20) (Unassisted) 9:21
SEA – Noah Philp (12) (Kubicek, Mount) 11:07 PPG

Shots: 15-10 Seattle


BWK – Connor Gutenberg (10) (McCorrister) 1:12
BWK – Luka Burzan (21) (Reinhardt, Wytinck) 4:32
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (9) (Hartje, Burzan) 9:49
BWK – Luka Burzan (22) (Gutenberg, Mattheos) 13:59 PPG

Shots: 16-14 Brandon


SEA – Brecon Wood (2) (Carpendale, Philp) 3:46
BWK – Chase Hartje (4) (Burzan, Mattheos) 4:36
SEA – Noah Philp (13) (Kubicek) 6:49

Final Shots: 40-35 Seattle

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Moose Jaw, SK (CKLQ) – Brayden Tracey’s first career hat-trick gave the Moose Jaw Warriors a 3-1 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Monday night at Mosaic Place.

For the first time in three games, the Wheat Kings opened the scoring. Midway through the opening period a pair of former Warriors connected to beat Adam Evanoff and give Brandon an early lead. Luka Burzan made a nifty backhand pass to Chase Hartje who jumped up in the rush and tapped home his 3rd of the year.

Just over a minute later, the Warriors tied it up. Connor Ungar made three saves on a goalmouth scramble before Brayden Tracey tucked in his 12th of the year through the five-hole.

In the second, the Warriors took their first lead of the game as Brayden Tracey notched his 2nd of the night while the teams played four on four. The Calgary native was left alone in front and took a feed from Danil Stepanov making no mistake.

Tracey’s hat-trick goal early in the third would ice the game and help the Warriors earn their 20th win of the season. Meanwhile, Brandon has dropped four straight coming out of the Christmas break and currently sit with a record of 15-14-3-3, ten points back of the Warriors for third in the East Division.

16-year-old rookie netminder Connor Ungar made his first career WHL start, the Calgary native made 24 saves on 27 shots. Meanwhile, overage defenseman Schael Higson did not make the trip to Moose Jaw. Coach David Anning told me pre-game it was a “Coaches Decision.”

Brandon will head back to the practice ice this week as they prepare for a Friday night matchup on home ice vs the Seattle Thunderbirds. (7:30 on QCountry Radio.)



BWK – Chase Hartje (3) (Burzan, Greig) 10:31
MJ – Brayden Tracey (12) (Langan, Hunt) 11:54

Shots: 11-8 Moose Jaw


MJ – Brayden Tracey (13) (Stepanov, Hamaluik) 5:07

Shots: 9-8 Moose Jaw


MJ – Brayden Tracey (14) (Langan, Almeida) 5:45 PPG

Final Shots: 29-27 Brandon

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Moose Jaw Warriors scored 0:23 seconds into the first period and didn’t look back, on route to a 6-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday night.

It was not the start the Wheat Kings wanted as Moose Jaw opened the scoring just 0:23 into the period. Justin Almeida fired a one-timer past Ethan Kruger who was making his fifth consecutive start to open the scoring on the first shot on goal.

Moments later, Brandon born Nolan Ritchie got the crowd back into it as he tapped home his first career WHL goal on a scramble in the crease to tie the game.

The Warriors weren’t done there, however. Jett Woo restored the lead with a wrist shot from the blueline that fooled Kruger and ended up in the back of the net. Then with just 1.7 seconds left in the period former Swan Valley Stampeder forward, Tristin Langan poked home a loose puck to open up a two-goal lead.

In the second, the Warriors would add to their lead.

First, it was Yorkton’s Kaeden Taphorn on the powerplay to open up a 4-1 lead. Then, with less than 0:15 left in the frame Justin Almeida banked home his 2nd of the night off Braden Schneider to send the Warriors to the locker room up 5-1.

Rookie netminder Connor Ungar would take over the Brandon net to start the third period. Kruger was pulled after allowing five goals on 30 shots. Ungar finished the night making nine saves in his WHL debut.

It didn’t take long for the Warriors to solve the young netminder. Tate Popple found the back of the net just six minutes into the third to put the Warriors up by five.

Braden Schneider would get Brandon back on the board in the third period but that was a close as they would come to mounting any sort of comeback. Brodan Salmond earned his 11th win of the season, making 27 saves in the Warriors goal.

These two teams will meet again on Monday night in the annual New Years Eve clash. (7:00 on QCountry Radio.)



MJ – Justin Almeida (10) (Tracey) 0:23
BWK – Nolan Ritchie (1) (Nychuk, Thorpe) 3:32
MJ – Jett Woo (7) (Stepanov, Buyalski) 7:39
MJ – Tristan Langan (27) (Bensen) 19:58

Shots: 19-8 Moose Jaw


MJ – Kaeden Taphorn (4) (Hunt, Stepanov) 7:53 PPG
MJ – Justin Almeida (11) (Woo, Langan) 19:46

Shots: 11-8 Moose Jaw


MJ – Tate Popple (8) (Kee. Taphorn, Kwaitkowski) 5:55
BWK – Braden Schneider (4) (Thompson) 10:06

Final Shots: 40-29 Moose Jaw

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Regina, SK (CKLQ) – It was deja-vu for the Brandon Wheat Kings as they dropped their second consecutive 3-2 game to the Regina Pats on Friday night.

For the second straight night, the Pats opened the scoring. Brett Clayton poked the puck off the stick of Neithan Salame at the Pats line and raced in on a partial breakaway. Ethan Kruger made the initial stop but all three Wheat Kings back checkers overskated the rebound and Garrett Wright made no mistake for his second of the year.

Kruger, who was making his 4th consecutive start stopped 14 shots in the first period.

In the second, the Pats opened up a 2-0 lead on a seeing-eye shot from leading scorer Austin Pratt. The quick snapshot from the top of the circles fooled Kruger and gave the Pats some insurance.

With less than seven minutes to go in the period, Cole Reinhardt would spoil Max Paddock’s shutout bid as he grabbed a loose puck and buried the wraparound for his 2nd goal in as many nights.

In the third, the Pats made it 3-1 off the stick of Logan Nijhoff. A bobble at the Regina line sent the Pats in on a two-on-none breakaway and Nijhoff finished off a great pass from Duncan Pierce for his 2nd of the season.

In a similar fashion to Thursday night, the Wheat Kings would get within one but it was a close as they would come. Luka Burzan picked up his 19th of the year but it was all the offense the Wheat Kings could muster, sending just 20 shots towards the Regina goal.

Brandon will take tomorrow off before opening a home and home vs Moose Jaw on Sunday afternoon (4:00 on QCountry Radio).



REG – Garrett Wright (2) (Clayton) 12:01

Shots: 15-4 Regina


REG – Austin Pratt (14) (Streau, Krane) 9:09
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (7) (Higson) 13:56

Shots: 17-7 Regina


REG – Logan Nijhoff (2) (Pierce, Mahovlich) 11:34
BWK – Luka Burzan (19) (Gutenberg, Salame) 17:19

Final Shots: 38-20 Regina

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – The Regina Pats scored two powerplay goals to open up the second half of the WHL season with a 3-2 win over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Thursday night.

There was a fresh path carved to the penalty box in the first period for the Brandon Wheat Kings who found themselves on the wrong end of four powerplays.

Just three minutes into the game, Brandon found themselves down two men and the Pats made them pay. Robbie Holmes tapped home his 7th of the season to open the scoring.

Midway through the period, Stelio Mattheos was ejected after he was handed a match penalty for intent to injure. After Brady Pouteau and Linden McCorrister went hard into the boards, Mattheos took exception and got his stick up on the Pats defender which cued the end of his night.

On the ensuing powerplay, the Pats made it 2-0 off the stick of Russian import Sergei Alkhimov.

Brandon got back within one early in the second period as Ridly Greig buried a loose puck from an impossible angle for his 8th of the year. The goal came on an early powerplay chance.

Late in the period, the Pats Robbie Holmes was assessed a 5:00 cross-checking major and was sent to the room. The Wheat Kings failed to register a shot on the ensuing powerplay and went into the intermission down one.

Sergei Alkhimov would notch his 2nd of the night just 2:32 into the third period to give the Pats some breathing room.

Despite a late goal from Cole Reinhardt and a last minute powerplay the Wheat Kings were unable to draw even and drop to 15-11-3-3 on the season. The win for the Pats moves them to 10-24-0-1.

Ethan Kruger, who was making his 3rd straight start stopped 19 shots while Brandon native Max Paddock stopped 21 shots for his 7th win of the season.

These two teams will meet again in 24 hours time at the Brandt Centre in Regina. (7:00 on QCountry Radio)



REG – Robbie Holmes (7) (Kolle, Streau) 3:29 5on3
REG – Sergei Alkhimov (8) (Sedov, Creta) 11:30 PPG

Shots: 12-4 Regina


BWK – Ridly Greig (8) (Schneider, Higson) 5:07 PPG

Shots: 8-5 Brandon


REG – Sergei Alkhimov (9) (Zonneveld, Clayton) 2:32
BWK – Cole Reinhardt (6) (Burzan) 10:56

Final Shots: 23-22 Brandon

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Brandon, MB (CKLQ) – It was a holiday thriller at Westoba Place on Friday night as the Brandon Wheat Kings earned a 6-5 overtime win over the Saskatoon Blades.

Stelio Mattheos and Luka Burzan combined for eight points on the night as the Wheat Kings finished the first half of the WHL schedule with a 15-10-3-3 record.

Connor Gutenberg sent the fur flying as he took a pass from Caiden Daley and broke into the Saskatoon end, scoring shorthanded on Nolan Maier. Gutenberg’s 1st shorthanded marker of the season is the 2nd in as many nights for the Wheat Kings.

The Blades would tie it just over 4:00 later. Chase Wouters found a loose puck on a goalmouth scramble and poked it over the line, past Ethan Kruger who was making his first consecutive start of his career.

With less than a minute to play in the first, the Blades took advantage of a turnover at their own line and Max Gerlach made the Wheaties pay. The former Medicine Hat Tiger snapped home his 18th of the season on a two-on-one to give Saskatoon a 2-1 lead after one.

There was no holiday love lost between these two teams as the second period saw emotions boil over. Forty minutes of penalties were handed out by the officials, capped off with a fight between Connor Gutenberg and Blades Captain Chase Wouters.

When the dust settled, the Wheat Kings emerged with a 5-3 lead after a four-goal outburst.

First, it was Cole Reinhardt just 0:37 into the period followed by a candidate for goal of the year just three minutes later.

Ridly Greig sent Ben McCartney in on a partial breakaway and the Portage native used incredible hand-foot coordination to pull the puck around the defender and around Blades netminder Nolan Maier for his 8th of the year.

The Blades quickly responded but it was Wheat Kings captain Stelio Mattheos scoring twice in the final eight minutes of the period to restore the two-goal lead for Brandon.

Saskatoon would force overtime with a pair of third-period goals just 1:25 apart including one from Brandon born Tristen Robins, who got a loud cheer from family and friends in his home rink.

In overtime, Ethan Kruger came up big for Brandon stopping Riley McKay on a penalty shot. For Kruger, he would finish the night with 32 saves for his 4th career WHL victory.

With 2:35 left in extra time, Luka Burzan found a way to feed Stelio Mattheos in front and he made no mistake to send the 4,455 fans inside the arena into a frenzy.

Brandon now takes eleven days off for the holidays before returning to a busy schedule of four games in five days starting December 27th vs Regina.



BWK – Connor Gutenberg (9) (Daley) 11:39 SHG
SAS – Chase Wouters (5) (Paterson, Crnkovic) 15:04
SAS – Max Gerlach (18) (Unassisted) 19:51

Shots: 14-5 Saskatoon


BWK – Cole Reinhardt (5) (Mattheos, Burzan) 0:37
BWK – Ben McCartney (8) (Greig) 3:43 PPG
SAS – Dawson Davidson (7) (Paterson, Kneen) 11:34
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (24) (Burzan) 12:15
BWK – Stelio Mattheos (25) (Burzan, Greig) 16:32

Shots: 17-10 Brandon


SAS – Max Gerlach (19) (Schuldhaus) 10:05
SAS – Tristen Robins (6) (Kneen) 11:30

Shots: 13-7 Saskatoon


BWK – Stelio Mattheos (26) (Burzan) 3:25

Final Shots: 40-31 Saskatoon

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