TIGERS EDGE WHEAT KINGS IN OT
Brandon, MB. – A disappointing finish to a successful 5-game homestand for the Brandon Wheat Kings Saturday night.
Ryan Jevne’s goal at the 1:01 mark of overtime lifted the Medicine Hat Tigers to a come from behind 4-3 victory over the Wheat Kings, who despite the setback, wound up collecting eight of a possible ten points during the 5-game stretch at Westman Place and now head out on their annual west coast road trip.
Goals by Ty Lewis and Stelio Mattheos, with his team leading 30th of the season, got the Wheat Kings off to a good start in the first.
In the second, the Tigers climbed to within one on a goal by Mark Rassell.
Medicine Hat’s David Quenneville tied the game three minutes into the third period, only to see the Wheat Kings regain the lead less than two minutes later when Connor Gutenberg made it 3-2.
Then with rookie Marcus Sekundiak in the box serving a double minor for a questionable slew foot call, the Tigers evened the score on a powerplay goal by Gary Haden.
Medicine Hat outshot the Wheat Kings 38-25 and went 1 for 5 with the man advantage. Brandon was 0 for 1 on the powerplay.
With the homestand now complete, the 28-12-2-1 Wheat Kings will hit the road for a season high 7-game road trip, beginning Wednesday night in Spokane against the Chiefs.
The Wheat Kings, who will leave Brandon Sunday night will play seven games over an 11-day span, featuring stops in all five American cities.
In addition to Spokane, the Wheat Kings will play in Tri Cities, Everett and Portland on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 19th – 21st. Following a game in Seattle against the defending champion Thunderbirds on Tuesday, January 23rd, the Wheat Kings will close out the trip with a 2-game weekend series in Cranbrook, B.C. against the Kootenay Ice.
The Wheat Kings will return home to host Prince George and Red Deer on Friday and Saturday, February 2nd and 3rd.
Tickets to all remaining games go back on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also call (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com
Photo Courtesy of Brandi Pollock