Brandon, MB. – For the first time this season the Brandon Wheat Kings have slipped below the .500 mark.
The Red Deer Rebels struck for three second period goals to snap a 1-1 tie and went on to a 5-3 victory over Brandon Friday night at Westoba Place.
The Wheat Kings, who have now lost seven of eight games since Christmas, dropped to 16-17-3-3 on the season and remain ninth in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference standings.
With the game tied at one through twenty minutes, the Rebels dominated the second, outshooting the Wheat Kings 15-3 and building up a 4-1 lead before Brandon captain Stelio Mattheos made it a two goal game after two.
In the third, the Rebels regained their three goal lead, before Mattheos closed out the scoring with his second of the night.
Ben McCartney scored Brandon’s other goal while Cameron Hausinger scored twice for the Rebels, who finished the night 2 for 6 with the man advantage.
Rounding out the scoring for the Rebels were Alex Morozoff, Chris Douglas, Cameron Hausinger and Brett Davis.
Friday’s game, which featured the Brandon debut of newly acquired 6-7” 207 lb defenceman Braydyn Chizen, was the first of three in three nights this weekend for the Wheat Kings, who travel to Moose Jaw on Saturday, before taking on the Broncos in Swift Current on Sunday.
Brandon’s next action at Westoba Place comes next weekend when the Wheat Kings host the Kootenay Ice in a 2-game weekend doubleheader.
Friday’s game will feature a special appearance from Winnipeg Blue Bomber quarterback Matt Nichols and tickets for both games will go back on sale at 10am Saturday at the Keystone Centre box office.
Fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling (204) 726-3555.
(Photo Courtesy of Tim Smith)