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WHEAT KINGS BUST BRONCOS

Swift Current, SK. — The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a stretch of five consecutive road games Friday night with a 5-1 victory over the Broncos in Swift Current.

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The victory – Brandon’s third of the trip – improved the Wheat Kings’ record to 16-11-1-1 on the season, good for 34 points and moved them to within a single point of the third place Broncos in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division, with two games in hand.

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17-year old netminder James Priestner made 29 saves, including twelve in the final period, to backstop the Wheat Kings, who fired 31 shots at Broncos’ goalkeeper Travis Yonkman.

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Veteran Matt Calvert and 16-year old rookie Mark Stone paced the Wheat Kings with a goal and assist each. Andrew Clark, Nathan Green and captain Keith Aulie rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-1 and 3-1 at the period breaks.

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The Wheat Kings’ weekend continues Saturday night at Westman Place against the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers, who outscored the Warriors 5-4 in Moose Jaw Friday night. The Tigers are currently sitting third in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 18-8-2-3 record.

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Saturday night will be the third of four meetings between these two teams this season. After dropping a 6-2 home ice decision to the Tigers last month, the Wheat Kings bounced back to win 3-2 in Medicine Hat last weekend. Following the game, the Wheat Kings will hit the road for a 3-game Saskatchewan road trip, beginning Tuesday night in Moose Jaw.

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Saturday is Westoba Credit Union Kids Loonie Scramble at the Keystone. Eight lucky fans (12 and under) will have a chance to scramble their way to $500 in cold, hard loonies during the second intermission.

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Tickets to the game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca

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