Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon, MB. — A “Gordie Howe Hat Trick” by veteran blueliner Ryley Miller may not have been the difference but it certainly set the tone Friday afternoon as the Brandon Wheat Kings skated to a 4-1 victory over the vistiing Swift Current Broncos.
Miller, who scored his first ever Western Hockey League in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Raiders in Prince Albert, scored a goal, set up another and defeated Swift Current’s Andy Blanke in a second period punch-up before a crowd of close to five thousand at Westman Communications Group Place.
The victory vaulted Brandon past Saskatoon and back into sole posession of first place in the WHL’s Eastern Division with a record of 13-6-1-1. The win also improved the Wheat Kings home ice record to 5-2-1-1 entering Saturday’s game against the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
Captain Mark Stone, center Paul Ciarelli and Dominick Favreau – who was playing for the first time since early October when he was sidelined by a lower body injury – rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who led 2-0 and 4-1 at the period breaks.
Shea Howorko replied for the Broncos, who saw their record slip to 7-11-2-1 on the season.
Before Wednesday, Miller had gone 155 WHL games without scoring a goal. The Spruce Grove, Alberta product will now be taking a 2-game goal scoring streak into Saturday night’s contest.
18-year old Corbin Boes, who was making his second straight start between the pipes, turned aside 25 shots for the win while Jon Groenheyde made 46 saves.
Friday afternoon’s annual Remembrance Day game featured a pre-game Moment of Silence, four second period fights and a crowd of 4,978 that featured over two dozen minor hockey teams from across western Manitoba.
The Minor Hockey Kick-Off was presented by Koch Fertilzer Canada.
Tickets to Saturday’s game between Brandon and Prince Albert go back on sale first thing tomorrow morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also order online at ticketmaster.ca or by calling 726-3555.
Saturday is also another Source for Sports – Subway Family Night. The Wheat Kings’ Family Package includes two adult and two youth tickets, 4 6″ subs from Subway, 4 Coca Colas and 4 programs for just $48. The Wheat Kings’ Family Pack is available ONLY at Brandon Source for Sports.