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Wheat Kings Regular Season Record: 1-3-0-0 Home: 1-2-0-0 Road: 0-1-0-0
Head Coach: Don MacGillivray | 70 WHL games coached (PA, BWK) | All-Time Record: 31-33-6-0
Tonight’s Matchup: The Brandon Wheat Kings wrap up a Thanksgiving weekend triple-header this afternoon vs the Regina Pats. Brandon is 1-3-0-0 on the season, and tonight marks the return to the Brandt Centre for the first time since April 28th, when the BWK left the city as Subway Cup East Division Champions with a record of 18-4-2-0.
Last Time Out: 6-2 L vs Saskatoon: It was a frustrating night for the Wheat Kings, who failed to generate any offence in a 6-2 loss to the Blades. Nate Danielson and Ridly Greig each scored powerplay goals but it was the Blades who got the last laugh, scoring three times on the man advantage on route to victory.
TOP 5 WHEAT KINGS SCORERS
Nate Danielson – 1G – 4A – 5 Points
Vinny Iorio – 0G – 5A – 5 Points
Nolan Ritchie – 2G – 2A – 4 Points
Ridly Greig – 3G – 0A – 3 Points
Riley Ginnell – 2G – 1A – 3 Points
Goals (3) – Ridley Greig | Assists (5) – Vinny Iorio
Points (5) – Iorio & Danielson | PIMS (10) – Jaxon Dube
Plus/Minus (-1) – Five Tied | Shots (18) – Nolan Ritchie
Wins (1) – Ethan Kruger | Shutouts (0) – None
Save % (.846) – Ethan Kruger | Goals Against Average (6.13) – Ethan Kruger
NEWS & NOTES:
Back To the Hub: A 61-day journey in Regina this spring created one of the most unique stories lines in Wheat Kings franchise history. The Wheat Kings finished with an impressive record of 18-4-2-0, claiming the first and likely only ever Subway Cup East Division Championship.
MASH 4077: The bad luck continued for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday night, Ethan Kruger left the game partway through the second period, joining a long list of sidelined skaters, including Marcus Kallionkieli, Brett Hyland, Jake Chiasson and Mason Ward.
Big Week for Vinny: Vinny Iorio has put together quite the week. On Monday, the 2nd round pick of the Capitals signed his first NHL contract and has registered three assists in his last two games. The Coquitlam, BC native is currently riding a four-game point streak (5A).
NHL DRAFTED PLAYERS:
Ridly Greig (20’ 1st Rd, 28th OTT) Jake Chiasson (21’ 4th Rd, 116th EDM)
Marcus Kallionkieli (19’ 5th, 139th VGK) Vincent Iorio (21’s 2nd Rd, 55th WSH)
GEOGRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN (* indicates rookie):
BC – (3) – Vincent Iorio, Ben Thornton, Jake Chiasson
Saskatchewan – (4) – Logen Hammett, Jacob Hoffrogge, Trae Johnson*, Quinn Mantei*
Alberta – (10) – Ridly Greig, Neithan Salame, Ethan Kruger, Riley Ginnell, Brett Hyland, Rylen Roersma,
Jaxon Dube*, Nate Danielson, Mason Ward, Teydon Trembecky*
Manitoba – (7) – Chad Nychuk, Nolan Ritchie, Tyson Zimmer, Carson Bjarnason*, Jesiah Bennett*, Owen Harris*, Zach Turner*
Europe – (2) Marcus Kallionkieli (FIN), Zakhar Polshakov (BEL)
ROSTER AGE BREAKDOWN (* indicates rookie):
2001 – (4) – (Nychuk, Salame, Kallionkieli, Kruger)
2002 – (4) – (Ginnell, Ritchie, Iorio, Greig, Ward)
2003 – (6) – (Chiasson, Dube*, Hyland, Hoffrogge, Hammett, Polshakov)
2004 – (7) – (Roersma, Zimmer, Danielson, Harris*, Turner*, Bennett*, Thornton*)
2005 – (4) – (Bjarnason*, Johnson*, Mantei*, Trembecky*)
DID YOU KNOW:
Draft Class: The Brandon Wheat Kings have four players on the roster who were taken in the first round of the 2019 WHL Bantam Draft. Tyson Zimmer (5th), Rylen Roersma (16th) and Nate Danielson (5th) were all chosen by the Wheat Kings, while Ben Thornton who was acquired via trade was taken 15th overall by the Spokane Chiefs.
Uncle Doug: Jake Chiasson’s uncle Doug Lidster played 897 NHL games with Vancouver, St. Louis, New York and Dallas. He also spent five years as an assistant coach with the Canucks and the AHL’s Texas Stars. He won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Runs In the Family: It’s no secret that Ridly Greig’s father Mark enjoyed a long career in the NHL and Europe, but Ridly’s two siblings have put together impressive hockey careers as well. His sister Dara plays with the University of Wisconsin (NCAA), while the eldest sister Kyra plays with the University of Calgary (USports)
Back Where it Started: Former Wheat Kings captain and fan favorite Matt Calvert has joined the hockey staff as the Wheat Kings development coach. THe former 5th round pick of the Columbus Blue Jackets played in over 550 NHL games with the Jackets and Avalanche.
Gone Camp’n: The Brandon Wheat Kings success in the Hub in Regina, SK translated into a number of NHL amateur tryout agreements. Seven Wheat Kings took part in NHL camps this summer, including Ridly Greig (OTT), Jake Chiasson (EDM), Ethan Kruger (EDM), Mason Ward (DET), Bret Hyland (LA), Vinny Iorio (WSH) and Marcus Kallionkieli (VGK).