WHEAT KINGS KICK OFF HOME STAND WITH WIN OVER PATS
Brandon, MB. – For the second time this season the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings have won six consecutive games.
In front of over 3,800 fans Wednesday night at Westman Communications Group Place, the Wheat Kings came from behind three times and went on to beat the visiting Regina Pats 7-4.
Ty Lewis’ powerplay goal with 3.2 seconds remaining in the second period snapped a 3-3 tie as the Wheat Kings improved their record to 20-7-0-1.
Captain Tanner Kaspick capped off a day that saw him and defenceman Kale Clague named to Hockey Canada’s 32-man selection camp in the morning, by scoring twice and setting up another in the win.
Clague meanwhile added two assists for the Wheat Kings, who received a 37-save performance from netminder Logan Thompson – Brandon’s TELUS Player of the Month for November.
Stelio Mattheos, Schael Higson, Caiden Daley and Gunnar Wegleitner rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who trailed 2-1 after an opening period despite outshooting the Pats 13-9.
Sam Steele scored two goals in a losing cause for the Pats, whose record slipped to 15-13-2-0.
Kaspick and Clague will be in the lineup this weekend when the Wheat Kings continue their 5-game home stand, before leaving for St. Catherines, Ontario for the National Junior Selection Camp. Clague was a member of last year’s silver medal winning team.
While Brandon played Wednesday without injured veterans Rylan Bettens and James Shearer, the club did welcome back Czech Republic blueliner Daniel Bukac and forward Linden McCorrister. The Boston Bruins’ draft pick had off-season knee surgery while McCorrister missed the club’s recent 6-game road trip with an upper body injury.
The Wheat Kings home stand continues this weekend with back to back games – Friday night against the Medicine Hat Tigers and Saturday vs Kelowna.
Fans attending Friday’s game are asked to bring a nonperishable food donation or unwrapped toy for the Westman and Area Traditional Christmas Dinner.
Saturday night meanwhile is “Star Wars Night” and fans are encouraged to dress in their favorite costumes from the movie. Prizes will be won and the Wheat Kings will take to the ice in special Star Wars theme jerseys, to be auctioned off before and during the first two periods of the game.
All money raised will be donated to the MS Society of Canada.
Tickets to both weekend games are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com
Meanwhile in other club news, by scoring 7 goals against Regina on Wednesday – fans in attendance were also winners. Not only can they order online pizza from Dominos for 50% off on Thursday, they can also save $7 off their $50 grocery bill at Sobeys over the course of the next week thanks to the Wheat Kings’ Dominos 5 and Sobeys 7 ticket promotions.
Photo courtesy of Brandi Pollock