September 8, 2013, Moose Jaw, SK. — The Brandon Wheat Kings got goals from six different players Sunday afternoon in Moose Jaw en route to a 6-4 win over the Warriors, evening their Western Hockey League pre-season record at 1-1.
The Wheat Kings scored three unanswered first period goals, built up a 4-0 second period lead and then hung on for the win.
Jesse Gabrielle, Kord Pankewicz, Chad Robinson, Taylor Cooper, Jack Palmer and 15-year old Kale Clague scored goals for the Wheat Kings, who dropped the weekend home and home series opener 4-3 in Brandon on Friday night.
For Clague, it was his first ever WHL goal and it came in only his second pre-season game. The Lloydminster product, who led the Alberta AAA Bantam League in scoring for defencemen in 2012-13, is not eligible to play in the WHL this season and is expected to return home this week after an impressive showing with the Wheat Kings this fall.
The Wheat Kings played Sunday’s game with two 15-year old prospects – Clague and Winnipeg center Nolan Patrick – as well as a pair of 20-year old veterans – Chad Robinson and Rene Hunter.
Veterans Todd Fidler with three and Sam Fioretti replied for the Warriors, who outshot Brandon 35-21. Veteran netminder Curtis Honey, making his first pre-season start of the year, picked up the win with 34 saves, including twelve in the final period.
The Wheat Kings will now begin preparations for next weekend’s home and home series with Regina and the start of the 2013-14 regular season, which is scheduled to get underway Friday, September 20th in Moose Jaw.
Brandon’s Home Opener is Saturday, September 21st against the Warriors and tickets to that game are on sale at the Keystone box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com