Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Mar. 9

Brandon Wheat Kings this week –

The Brandon Wheat Kings, fresh off clinching their first Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Title in nineteen years, will have plenty to play for over the final two weeks of regular season play.

The Wheat Kings, who enter Tuesday’s game against the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors with a record of 48-11-4-3 are currently two points behind the league leading Kelowna Rockets, with six games to play.

In addition to Tuesday’s game, the Wheat Kings will play three more home games – two against the Warriors and the other vs. Saskatoon. On the road, Brandon will play games in Saskatoon, Regina and Moose Jaw.

As for the Rockets, they play Kamloops and Vancouver twice, Seattle and Victoria once.

LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:

Wednesday, March 4th – Wheat Kings 7 Lethbridge 3
Brandon kicked off the month of March by scoring seven unanswered goals, including six in the second period, en route to the win.  Later that night the Wheat Kings clinched the Eastern Conference pennant when Calgary dropped a 3-2 decision to the Cougars in Prince George.  Captain Peter Quenneville scored three times for the winners.

Friday, March 6th – Prince Albert 5 Wheat Kings 2
Austin Glover scored twice as the hometown Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and never looked back.  Tim McGauley and Pete Quenneville scored a goal and an assist each in a losing cause.

Saturday, March 7th – Wheat Kings 9 Swift Current 1
After both teams traded goals in the first, Brandon scored three in the second and added five more in the third as the Wheat Kings scored back to back “Smitty’s Lucky 7” goals in back to back games. The line of Peter Quenneville, Morgan Klimchuk and Tim McGauley combined for ten points. McGauley extended his league leading point scoring streak to 22 games.

THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:

Tuesday, March 10th vs. Moose Jaw Warriors @ 7pm
(Presented by The Green Spot Home and Garden)

Friday, March 13th vs. Saskatoon Blades @ 7:30pm
(Tim Hortons Customer Appreciation Day)

Saturday, March 14th @ Saskatoon Blades

THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

Monday, March 9th @ 1:45pm
Wednesday, March 11th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, March 12th @ 1:45pm

THIS WEEK’S PLAYER APPEARANCES:

Wednesday, March 11th – Sprucewoods, Manitoba
The Hill Family will be hosting the Wheat Kings in a game of shinny, thanks to winning The Home Depot Backyard Rink Contest!

2015 PLAYOFF TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Playoff hockey returns to Westman Communications Group Place later this month.

The Wheat Kings, who will be playing all of their playoff home games in Brandon this spring, will be hosting games one and two of the best of seven Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series on Thursday and Friday, March 26th and 27th.

Tickets to both games will go on sale Tuesday, March 10th at 10am at the Keystone Centre box office.  Western Manitoba hockey fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling (204) 726-3555.

The Wheat Kings, who clinched their first Eastern Conference regular season title in nineteen years on Wednesday night, are currently tied with the Kelowna Rockets for first place overall in the WHL.

BRANDON BITS:

McGauley’s current point scoring streak not only leads the WHL this season, it’s the longest streak for any Wheat King since Cory Cyrenne’s 23-gamer in 1997-98. McGauley is currently tied with Oliver Bjorkstrand of Portland for second place in the league scoring race … Netminder Jordan Papirny has become the first Brandon goalie to win 40 games in a season since Glen Hanlon set the WHL record of 49 in 1976-77 … GM and head coach Kelly McCrimmon picked up his 412th career win on Saturday night vs Swift Current, moving him into 13th place on the league’s all time list … Russian rookie Ivan Provorov leads all WHL rookies in scoring with 56 points, including fourteen goals.  His parents arrived in Manitoba over the weekend and will be visiting Brandon over the course of the next week.

Courtesy of  BrandonWheatKings.com

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