WHEAT KINGS DOWN BLADES
Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings shook off some rust and rode the goaltending of Logan Thompson to a 3-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades Saturday night.
Thompson turned aside 36 shots, including twenty in the third when the Blades outshot the Wheat Kings 20-5. The only puck to elude him came from a shot off the stick of Jake Kustra with 1:15 to play in the third period, spoiling his shutout bid.
That goal pulled the Blades to within one and despite a push by the visitors in the final minute, the Wheat Kings managed to hold on and improve their record to 11-6-0-1 on the season.
Baron Thompson, on a second period powerplay, Stelio Mattheos – with six minutes remaining in the third – and Evan Weinger into an empty net scored goals for the Wheat Kings, who were playing their first game in a week.
Saturday’s game was played before over 4,800 fans at Westman Communications Group Place, as the WHL club hosted a special Remembrance Day pre-game ceremony and thanks to the generous support of Koch Fertilizer Canada and its retailers throughout western Manitoba, over two dozen minor hockey teams were in attendance to mark the unofficial kick-off to the 2017-18 Manitoba minor hockey season.
The Wheat Kings will be hoping to make it three straight wins when they close out a four game home stand Tuesday night against Calgary. Brandon will then face off against the Blades in Saskatoon on Friday.
The Hitmen game will be the Wheat Kings first “2 for Tuesday” of the 2017-18 season, which means any fan purchasing a ticket will get the second one (of equal value) free. As well, the Keystone Centre will be offering a number of concession specials for this game.
Tuesday’s game, which is a 7pm start, is a presentation of KAL TIRE Brandon.
Tickets to the game 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.
Photo Courtesy of Brandi Pollock