Brandon Wheat Kings This Week — Feb 24

Brandon Wheat Kings This Week — Feb 24 —

The Brandon Wheat Kings will be hoping to put back to back wins together Wednesday night when they take on the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes at Westman Place.

The Wheat Kings snapped an 8-game winless streak on Saturday with a 7-4 victory over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.  Brandon scored five second period goals – three by second year center Tim McGauley – en route to their first win in fifteen days.

Captain Ryan Pulock added a goal and three points for the Wheat Kings, who improved to 29-26-6-2 on the season, which leaves them sitting all alone in seventh place in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.  Brandon is currently two points behind sixth place Swift Current and just four up on both Prince Albert and Red Deer, with the Raiders still enjoying a game in hand.

Pulock’s goal on Saturday was his 20th of the season and 61st of his WHL career, which ties him with former all star Brad McCrimmon for the franchise lead for Most Goals by a Defenceman.  He also became only the fifth Brandon blueliner to reach the 200-point plateau in his career, joining McCrimmon, Cam Plante, Justin Kurtz and Burke Henry.


Wednesday, February 26th vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes @ 7pm

Saturday, March 1st @ Saskatoon Blades
Sunday, March 2nd @ Swift Current Broncos


Monday, February 24th @ 1:45pm (Following Team Photo Shoot)
Tuesday, February 25th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, February 27th @ 1:45pm
Friday, February 28th TBD


Monday, February 24th – Minor Hockey Caravan visit to Carberry
  (Presented by Canadian Tire and Construction Assn. of Rural Manitoba)
Tuesday, February 25th – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to MacGregor
Thursday, February 27th – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to Treherne
Friday, February 28th – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to Austin


The winner of The Home Depot Backyard Rink Contest will be announced later today.  For the past three months, western Manitobans have had the opportunity to enter their backyard rinks for a chance to play members of the Western Hockey League’s Wheat Kings in a special game of shinny later this month.


A new Brandon Wheat Kings specialty licence plate is now available at Manitoba.  The cost of the plate, to be administered by Manitoba Public Insurance, will be $70 with $30 of that fee going toward the Brandon Humane Society.

“Brandon’s team slogan this year is ‘It’s time’ – and today I’m happy to announce it is, in fact, time for a Wheat Kings specialty licence plate,” said Swan.  “The Wheat Kings hold a special place in the hearts of countless Manitobans and this beautiful new plate will give these fans a chance to display that affection – while also supporting a great cause.”

Wheat Kings fans will be able to visit any of Manitoba’s more than 300 Autopac agents to purchase their plates.  The Wheat Kings plate is the seventh specialty plate issued by the province.  Manitoba previously approved issuing specialty plates for the Winnipeg Jets, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Goldeyes and Curl Manitoba, as well as specialty licence plates to honour veterans and firefighters.  A Fish Futures specialty licence plate was also issued for trailer use.


The Brandon Wheat Kings, in association with the Brandon Humane Society are pleased to announce plans for the annual Pucks 4 Pets Ball Toss for a Toonie, scheduled for this Wednesday night 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 2013-14 Western Hockey League 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 ball is retrieved by Digit, the golden retriever, you will win a 2014-15 Wheat Kings’ Season Ticket.


Western Manitoba minor hockey teams looking for a great way to cap off their 2013-14 seasons may want to consider taking advantage of the Wheat Kings’ March Madness Group Ticket Discounts, which are available for all four March home games:

Tuesday, March 4th vs. Calgary Hitmen @ 7pm
Friday, March 7th vs. Edmonton Oil Kings @ 7:30pm
Tuesday, March 11th vs. Saskatoon Blades @ 7pm
Saturday, March 15th vs. Regina Pats @ 7:30pm

Watch for more details this week on the two options currently available for all HIP, Tim Bits, Novice, Atom, Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget aged clubs.


Saturdays win over Moose Jaw completed an 8-game series sweep of the Warriors … Once the Wheat Kings host Lethbridge on Wednesday, the WHL club will end a stretch that has seen them play an unbelievable number of games in February – fourteen in total (8 at home and 6 away) – over a span of just 26 days … Entering the final game of the month, Tim McGauley – who scored his first ever WHL hat trick on Saturday – leads the club in scoring with ten points, including five goals in February.  Next with nine are Jayce Hawryluk and captain Ryan Pulock … Netminder Jordan Papirny is 2-3-2 this month, boasting a 2.86 goals against average and a .920 save percentage in eight appearances … Brandon is currently 18-10-3 at home and 11-16-5 on the road … Four of Brandon’s final eight games in March will be played on the road.

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