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April 7 PREVIEW: Broncos vs Wheat Kings 9 PM

The Wheat Kings (10-2-1-0) take on the Swift Current Broncos (3-9-1-0) from Regina’s Brandt Centre at 9 PM tonight, the two teams meeting for the third time this season.

Brandon now leads the East Division with 21 points after they extended their winning streak to seven games on Monday, beating a feisty Prince Albert Raiders squad 3-2. After hanging 19 goals on the board in three games from March 28 to April 1, the last two games played by the Wheat Kings have featured stronger defensive efforts and three goals by Brandon in each. Their seven wins in a row have come at the expense of the Moose Jaw Warriors, Winnipeg ICE, Broncos, Raiders twice, Regina Pats and Saskatoon Blades.

Last time they met
March 28 – Brandon Wheat Kings 5 – 2 Swift Current Broncos

The Broncos jumped out to an early two-nothing lead with goals from Michael Farren and Owen Williams in the second period. But less than a minute after the Williams marker, Marcus Sekundiak scored his first goal of the 2020-21 campaign for the Wheat Kings who got two more before the end of the period and another pair in the third, ending the game with 5 unanswered goals. Connor Ungar earned the win and the game’s first star turning away 29 of 31 shots while Broncos netminder stopped 33 of 37.

Scoring evenly
Seven Wheat Kings now have point totals in the double digits:
Nolan Ritchie (6-12-18)
Ben McCartney (7-10-17)
Ridly Greig (5-10-15)
Lynden McCallum (10-3-13)
Jake Chiasson (6-6-12)
Braden Schneider (3-9-12)
Chad Nychuk (1-9-10)

A testament to their well-balanced offence and whopping 24 goal differential, the Wheat Kings only have two skaters left on their roster to record a point so far this season. No other team in the East Division hub has a larger offensive spread than the Wheat Kings, who will look to keep the list of names on their scoresheet long and both their forwards and defence involved in the scoring.

Third period defence
In their last three games the Wheat Kings have held their opponents to an average of 7.6 shots in the third period making netminder Ethan Kruger’s job a lot easier between the pipes. The Wheat Kings have done a great job limiting scoring chances in the final frame and have taken less penalties than they did in the first five games of the season, when they found themselves on the penalty kill too often.

In their last 5 games:
Swift Current Broncos

1 – 6 L v. Regina (2021-04-06)

2 – 4 L v. Prince Albert (2021-04-03) 

8 – 5 W @ Moose Jaw (2021-04-01)

4 – 9 L @ Regina (2021-03-29)

2 – 5 L v. Brandon (2021-03-28)

 

Brandon Wheat Kings

3 – 2 W @ Prince Albert (2021-04-05)

3 – 1 W @ Saskatoon (2021-04-04)

7 – 2 W v. Regina (2021-04-01)

7 – 1 W v. Prince Albert (2021-03-30)

5 – 2 W @ Swift Current (2021-03-28)

Swift Current Broncos Leading Scorers
Mathew Ward (3-13-16)
Michael Farren (7-8-15)
Aiden Bulych (4-7-11)

Brandon Wheat Kings Leading Scorers
Nolan Ritchie (6-12-18)
Ben McCartney (7-10-17)
Ridly Greig (5-10-15)

The puck drops at 9 PM Manitoba time tonight and can be watched via the WHL Live streaming package at www.watch.chl.ca. Because the Wheat Kings are tonight’s “home” team, Wheat Kings play-by-play announcer Branden Crowe will be the voice calling the game on the stream. Fans can also hear Branden call the game on the radio at Q Country 91.5 FM or 880 on the AM dial.

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