Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Feb. 23

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Brandon Wheat Kings split a 2-game weekend road trip to Saskatchewan and return home to play four straight games at Westman Communications Group Place, beginning Wednesday night when the Medicine Hat Tigers pay a visit.

The Wheat Kings begin the week firmly entrenched in first place in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 44-10-4-2 record.  Brandon is currently seventeen points up on second place Medicine Hat in the Conference and trail the league leading Kelowna Rockets by two, with twelve regular season games to play.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:

Friday, February 20th – Prince Albert 6 Wheat Kings 4
The Raiders built up a 4-0 lead and despite allowing Brandon to rally and tie it before the end of the second period, Prince Albert won it with two unanswered in the third.  Jayce Hawryluk, playing in his first game after missing the previous thirteen games with an upper body injury, scored three goals in a losing cause.

Saturday, February 21st – Wheat Kings 7 Saskatoon 3
Hawryluk scored twice and set up two others, giving him 5 goals and 7 points in two weekend games, as the Wheat Kings won on the road for the tenth time in their last 11 games.  Brandon built up a 4-1 first period lead and never looked back. Veteran Jordan Papirny made 30 saves in what was his tenth straight start and 50th of the season.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, February 25th – Medicine Hat @ Brandon – 7pm
(Presented by McMunn and Yates; CGC)
Friday, February 27th – Kootenay Ice @ Brandon – 7:30pm
(Player Card Giveaway presented by Westside Plumbing and Heating)
Saturday, February 28th – Kootenay Ice @ Brandon – 7:30pm
(Pink the Rink Night in support of Canadian Cancer Society; Game Sponsor MGEU)

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Monday, February 23rd @ 1:45pm
Tuesday, February 24th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, February 26th @ 1:45pm

THIS WEEK’S PLAYER APPEARANCES:

Tuesday, February 24th – CIBC Read to Succeed Visit @ Betty Gibson School in Brandon
Tuesday, February 24th – BAUER Learn to Play Initiation Clinic

PINK THE RINK NIGHT IS COMING!

The Wheat Kings have unveiled plans for their annual “Pink the Rink” night at Westman Communications Group Place when the Kootenay Ice pay a visit this Saturday, February 28th. Supported by 94.7 Star FM, 880 CKLQ and the Manitoba Government Employees Union, the Wheat Kings second “Pink the Rink” game will raise awareness about cancers affecting women and support the fight against all cancers in Manitoba.

During the game, Wheat King players will wear one-time only, brand new special edition jerseys in support of the Canadian Cancer Society.  Unlike last year’s pink jerseys, the primary colour of the 2015 sweater is black, with pink accents and trim.  The main crest is based on the hockey club’s logo that was used between 1972-1981 and rebranded with the traditional pink ribbon. The team’s existing Crown logo meanwhile will serve as the jersey’s shoulder patches.

In addition to the special Wheat Kings’ logo, the jerseys will feature the names of season ticket holders, sponsors, friends and family, who have been lost to cancer.

HOME DEPOT BACKYARD RINK CONTEST DEADLINE:

The time to enter for a chance to earn the right to meet members of the Wheat Kings in a special backyard rink game of shinny is this week.  Visit wheatkings.com and click on Fan Zone and the Home Depot Backyard Rink.  One lucky family will win an after school game of shinny against several members of the Wheat Kings in early March. Be sure to enter today and good luck!

PUCKS ‘n PETS NIGHT / PHOTO CONTEST:

The Brandon Wheat Kings, in conjunction with Red Wireless (Authorized Rogers Dealer) and Moga Mobile (Authorized Fido Dealer) are pleased to announce plans for the annual Brandon Humane Society Pucks ‘ n Pets Tennis Ball Toss for a Toonie, scheduled for Wednesday, March 4th when the Lethbridge Hurricanes pay a visit to Westman Communications Group Place.

Fans attending the game, which is also the second and final Rain Check Game of the 2014-15 regular season, are being encouraged to purchase a tennis ball at the game and toss them to the ice during the second intermission.  If your numbered tennis ball is retrieved by Digit, the golden retriever, you could win this year’s Grand Prize of a 2015-16 Wheat Kings’ Season Ticket.

All proceeds from the sale of the tennis balls, which will be sold for $2 each will be donated to the Brandon Humane Society.  As well, in a new twist to the popular promotion this year – Red Wireless and Moga Mobile will be giving away eighteen pairs of tickets to the March 4th game between now and Monday, March 2nd and in order to qualify all you need is a pooch that is pawsitively photogenic.  All western Manitoba hockey fans need to do is take a photo of their dog and tweet @mogamobile, @wirelessred or share on Facebook at “Moga Mobile” or “Red Wireless”. The contest begins on Friday, February 20th.  Be sure to use the hashtag #nofilter. Fans are also encouraged to add the hockey club’s official twitter handle @bdnwheatkings

2015-16 SEASON TICKET & 2015 PLAYOFF TICKET DEADLINE APPROACHES:

The deadline for western Manitoba hockey fans to receive their first two playoff game tickets free is fast approaching. Fans can do so by purchasing their 2015 Western Hockey League Playoff Ticket Package as well as renewing their 2015-16 Season Tickets – at this year’s price.

Deadline is Wednesday, March 4th. For more information or to order yours today call the Wheat Kings office at (204) 726-3535.

BRANDON BITS:

19-year old center Tim McGauley, who enters Wednesday’s game against the Tigers riding a career high 16-game point scoring streak is currently third in WHL scoring with 37 goals and 84 points – two back of Medicine Hat’s Cole Sanford … Despite missing the past two weeks, Russian rookie Ivan Provorov remains number one when it comes to rookie scoring.  His 12 goals and 51 points are two better than 16-year old Wheat King Nolan Patrick.  The former first round bantam draft choice has also missed the past three games due to an upper body injury … Provorov is fourth in defencemen scoring … Netminder Jordan Papirny leads the WHL in wins (37), minutes played (3021) and second in games played (50), behind only Landon Bow of the Swift Current Broncos.

Courtesy of  BrandonWheatKings.com

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