Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Jan. 12

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Brandon Wheat Kings ended one regular season drought and will be hoping to snap another Tuesday night when they close out a 3-game Alberta road trip in Edmonton against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Oil Kings.

The Wheat Kings bounced back from Saturday’s loss in Red Deer to beat the Hitmen 5-4 Sunday afternoon in Calgary.  Not only did the loss snap a 2-game losing skid for Brandon, it was the Wheat Kings first win at the Saddledome since January 28th, 2011 – a span of eleven straight regular season losses to the Hitmen.

Like the Saddledome, Rexall Place in Edmonton has been far from kind to the Wheat Kings in recent years.

Brandon enters Tuesday night’s game having lost fourteen consecutive regular season and playoff games in Edmonton.

The Wheat Kings begin the week sitting atop the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference with a record of 30-9-3-1, good for a four point lead on the second place Medicine Hat Tigers.


Tuesday, January 6th – Everett 5 Wheat Kings 0
St. Adolphe’s Austin Lotz turned aside 39 shots as the U.S. Division leading Silvertips blanked the Wheat Kings.  The game was close at 1-0 until the ‘tips struck for two goals in the final minute of the second period.

Saturday, January 10th – Red Deer 6 Wheat Kings 1
Newly acquired Connor Gay scored twice and set up another as the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup host Rebels jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back.

Sunday, January 11th – Wheat Kings 5 Calgary 4
Rookie Russian defenceman Ivan Provorov scored once – on an end to end highlight reel goal – and set up two others as Brandon rallied from a 2-0 second period deficit.  Rihards Bukarts’ goal with under five minutes to play in the third proved to be the game winner.


Tuesday, January 13th – Wheat Kings @ Edmonton
Friday, January 16th – Lethbridge @ Brandon – 7:30pm
(Enns Brothers Salute to 4-H)
Saturday, January 17th – Wheat Kings @ Swift Current


Thursday, January 15th @ 1:45pm


Thursday, January 15th – CIBC Read to Succeed Visit in Douglas


Western Manitoba hockey fans will be treated to some great hockey and exciting promotions before the end of January.  In addition to this weekend’s game against Lethbridge, the Wheat Kings will be featuring four special promotions to close out the month.

Friday, January 23rd vs. Prince Albert
Westoba Credit Union Baby Races

Saturday, January 24th vs. Regina
80’s Retro Night & The Cameron Hughes Experience
Presented by Victoria Inn

Tuesday, January 27th vs. Swift Current Broncos
“2 for Tuesday”

Friday, January 30th vs. Moose Jaw
John Quenneville Bobblehead Night, presented by GIANT TIGER


Monday, January 5th – Wheat Kings acquired the rights to 20-year old defenceman Reid Gow from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a fifth round bantam draft choice.  Gow had been playing with the University of Manitoba Bisons.  As well, the Wheat Kings assigned 16-year old rookie center Ty Lewis – a former third round bantam draft choice – to the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings.


The Wheat Kings have announced the return of two exciting mini-packs for the second half of the 2014-15 regular season.  Due to the popularity of the hockey club’s Holiday mini packs, the Wheat Kings will again be offering a seven and a 4-game mini pack option.

The first option will provide western Manitoba hockey fans with seven ticket vouchers (can be redeemable for any regular season home game) for the price of five adult tickets – $105 (taxes included).  The second option is four ticket vouchers for the price of three – $63 (taxes included).

These two exciting mini packs are on sale now at both the Wheat Kings Official Team Store, located at the east main entrance of the Keystone Centre as well as the club’s head office.


Limited number of tickets remain for the 2015 Wheat Kings CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, January 29th.  Headlining the event, which is held annually to raise money for the hockey club’s Scholarship Foundation, are Hometown Hockey’s Ron MacLean and comedian Kelly Taylor.  For more information or to order tickets call (204) 726-3535.


Veteran defenceman Eric Roy has moved past Brett Thurston and into tenth place on the club’s all time list for games played.  The former first round bantam draft choice played in his 293rd career game on Sunday afternoon in Calgary … Neepawa’s Quintin Lisoway meanwhile played his 150th career game … By scoring three points in Sunday’s win over Calgary, Provorov has regained the league lead in scoring among first year players with 40 … 16-year old Nolan Patrick meanwhile leads all rookies with 17 goals … Blueliner Ryan Pilon has moved to within three points of the century mark in his 3-year WHL career … Latvian left-winger Rihards Bukarts is six points shy of 100 … Former Regina Pat Morgan Klimchuk’s next goal will be the 100th of his WHL career … The Wheat Kings currently have 24 players on their active roster, including a league high nine Manitobans.

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