WHEAT KINGS BUCK BRONCOS
Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings made it five straight wins Sunday afternoon at Westman Communications Group Place.
The Wheat Kings rallied from a 3-2 second period deficit to beat the visiting Swift Current Broncos 7-3 in front of over 3,200 fans at Westman Communications Group Place.
Brandon got off to a quick start in this one – scoring back to back goals to grab the early first period lead but the Broncos battled back with two of their own before the end of the first.
In the second, after Tyler Steenbergen scored his 31st of the season to give the Broncos their first and only lead of the night, the Wheat Kings stormed back with five unanswered goals – including three in the second.
Stelio Mattheos led the Wheat Kings with two goals and three points, with singles coming off the sticks of Ty Lewis, Connor Gutenberg, Evan Weinger, Cole Reinhardt and Zach Wytinck.
Not only did Wytinck’s goal tie the game and turn the tide in this one, it was the first WHL goal for the Glenboro product.
Glenn Gawdin and Conner Chaulk rounded out the scoring for the Broncos, who outshot Brandon 41-36.
Brandon’s Logan Thompson turned aside 38 shots for the win.
Sunday’s game featured a special pre-game ceremony, featuring former Wheat King great Bill Derlago and Barb Tushingham, the daughter of Toronto Maple Leaf great Walter Turk Broda.
They unveiled the Broda banner that has been hanging in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto during the Maple Leafs’ Centennial season. The National Hockey League club created a number of banners last year to pay tribute to those former players that have had their jersey numbers retired in Toronto.
A Brandon native, Broda was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1967, after leading the Leafs to five Stanley Cups.
Derlago meanwhile played six of his 9 NHL seasons with the Leafs, following an outstanding junior career in Brandon. During his four years as a Wheat King, the Beulah, Manitoba product scored 437 points, including 234 goals. Only Ron Chipperfield (261) scored more goals in a Wheat King uniform.
The Wheat Kings, who are now 14-6-0-1 on the season, won’t play at home again until Wednesday, December 6th when they host Regina.
Brandon will kick off a 6-game road trip Friday night in Saskatoon against the Blades. During the Wheat Kings second longest trip of the year, they’ll play in Swift Current, Red Deer, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.
December’s home schedule will feature seven home games, including five before Christmas.
In addition to the first Rain Check game of the 2017-18 season, December’s promotion schedule features the likes of Star Wars Night and the annual Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the local Christmas Cheer Registry. Tickets to all games go back on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling (204) 726-3555.
Speaking of promotions, fans in attendance were also winners on Sunday. Weinger’s second period goal – Brandon’s fifth of the night – means that all Dominos online pizza orders on Monday will be 50% off. Fans are reminded to use the promo code: WK5
Meanwhile Brandon’s seventh goal was the Sobeys 7 goal, which means fans will have one full week to save $7 off their grocery bill at either Sobeys locations (minimum purchase of $50).
Photo Credit: Brandi Pollock