Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Feb. 16

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Brandon Wheat Kings picked up five of a possible six points over the weekend to pull even with the Kelowna Rockets atop the Western Hockey League’s overall standings.

After failing to extend a season high win streak to seven games with an overtime loss to Spokane on Friday, the Wheat Kings bounced back to beat Prince Albert and Regina on Sunday and Monday respectively.  Monday’s win over the Pats extended Brandon’s winning streak on the road to nine games.

Brandon begins the week with an impressive record of 43-9-4-3, good for 92 points.  The Rockets do have one game in hand.  The Wheat Kings have now gone sixteen games without a regulation loss (14-0-1-1).

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:

Friday, February 12th – Spokane Chiefs 5 Wheat Kings 4 (OT)
Liam Stewart’s goal at the 27 second mark of overtime lifted Spokane to the come from behind win.  Brandon had dominated the first half of the game and led 4-1 until the Chiefs pulled to within two goals with just over a minute remaining in the second.  Two unanswered third period goals evened the score and set the stage for Stewart’s game winner.

Sunday, February 15th – Wheat Kings 5 Prince Albert 2
Former Manitoba AAA Midget League scoring champion Duncan Campbell scored twice, including a third period insurance marker as Brandon dumped the Raiders.

Monday, February 16th – Wheat Kings 5 Regina Pats 3
Tyler Coulter scored twice and Tim McGauley moved into third place in the WHL scoring race by setting up three goals as the Wheat Kings edged the Pats before over 5,000 fans in Regina.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

Friday, February 20th @ Prince Albert Raiders
Saturday, February 21st @ Saskatoon Blades

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, February 18th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, February 19th @ 1:45pm

THIS WEEK’S PLAYER APPEARANCE SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, February 17th – Kirkcaldy Heights School in Brandon (CIBC Read to Succeed Program)
Tuesday, February 17th – Killarney Minor Hockey (Canadian Tire / CARM Minor Hockey Caravan visit)
Wednesday, February 18th – Rivers Elementary School (CIBC Read to Succeed Program)

GOW SET TO RETURN HOME TONIGHT

Tuesday night will be a special night for newly acquired defenceman Reid Gow of the Brandon Wheat Kings.  The 20-year old blueliner, whose rights were acquired from the Spokane Chiefs in January, will be heading home to Killarney as the Western Hockey League club plays host to its fifth and final Minor Hockey Caravan visit of the 2014-15 season.

Gow will be skating with a number of Killarney’s minor hockey teams and the former WHL Scholastic Player of the Year is excited about returning to his hometown.

“Killarney is my hometown and it’s where I learned to love the game,” says the 6’ 190 lb Gow.  “I will always love Killarney and it will always be my home…excited to go back and skate there as a Wheat King.”

EXCITING PROMOTIONS COMING SOON!

The Wheat Kings may be on the road this coming weekend but they will return next week for three games in four nights at Westman Place.  After hosting the second place Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, the Wheat Kings will take on Sam Reinhart and the Kootenay Ice for back to back games on Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday’s game is Westside Plumbing and Heating Player Card Giveaway Night, with the first 2,500 fans in attendance receiving a complete set of 2014-15 Wheat Kings player cards.

Saturday’s game meanwhile is “Pink the Rink Night”, in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.

WHEAT KINGS UNVEIL 2015-16 SEASON TICKET PLANS

Brandon Wheat Kings 2015 Playoff Packages and 2015-16 Season Tickets are now on sale and the Western Hockey League club has announced a special offer to those that do by Wednesday, March 4th.

By purchasing a playoff package and renewing next year’s season ticket by next month’s deadline, western Manitoba hockey fans will not only get next year’s tickets at this year’s price, the WHL club will again give them this year’s first two playoff home games for free!

Season Ticket prices for the 2015-16 season will be increasing to $450 for adults, $400 for seniors and $200 for youth (17 and under) after the June Early Bird Deadline.  By renewing now will allow fans to save $25 and enjoy Wheat Kings’ hockey next season for under $12 per game, which represents the least expensive season ticket in the 22-team league.

For those fans that do not wish to renew their season tickets by the March deadline, they will still be eligible for significant savings if they elect to purchase their playoff package.  Those that do will receive a $4 saving off regular box office prices on all playoff home games, scheduled to begin the final week of March.

This marks the second straight season that the Wheat Kings have offered this special playoff offer. In a letter mailed out to existing season ticket holders this week, Owner/General Manager and Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon says that the reason to continue this initiative include 1) the hockey club wants to thank its existing season ticket holders  2) Wheat Kings want to begin the season ticket renewal process as early as possible and 3) The Wheat Kings want true home ice advantage by having as much local support as possible.

TRANSACTION:

With back-up netminder Alex Moodie out indefinitely with an upper body injury, the Wheat Kings have recalled 17-year old Logan Thompson from the AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm.

BRANDON BITS

At 20-3-4-1, the Wheat Kings have 45 points on home ice this season, which leads the WHL … On the road, Brandon is 23-6-0-1 – second only to Kelowna in the league … Brandon’s leading scorer is Tim McGauley and at 34-46-80, the 19-year old from Wilcox, Saskatchewan is third in WHL scoring behind only Trevor Cox and Cole Sanford of the Medicine Hat Tigers.  His eight game winning goals also rank third in the league.  McGauley is also riding a 14-game point scoring streak and during that time he is 9-21-30 … Despite not playing this past week, rookie Ivan Provorov continues to lead all first year players in scoring with twelve goals and 51 points, two better than 16-year old Nolan Patrick.  The former first round bantam draft choice leads all WHL rookies with 26 goals … Provorov meanwhile is second in scoring among defencemen. Only Victoria’s Joe Hicketts has more.

Courtesy of  BrandonWheatKings.com

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