December 2, 2013, Brandon MB (ISN) – After spending five weeks on the road over the course of the last two months, the Wheat Kings have returned to the friendly confines of Westman Communications Group Place where they will play five of their six pre-Christmas games.
The Wheat Kings closed out a stretch that saw them play five consecutive road games this past Friday with an 8-4 victory over the Warriors in Moose Jaw. 17-year old John Quenneville led the winners with his first ever WHL hat trick.
The following night, the Wheat Kings failed to hold a 4-2 lead and wound up dropping a disappointing 5-4 decision to the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.
After collecting three of a possible four points over the weekend, the Wheat Kings enter this week’s play with a record of 14-13-2-0, good for 30 points and eighth place in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.
THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Monday, December 2nd @ 1:45pm
Tuesday, December 3rd @ 1:45pm
Thursday, December 5th @ 1:45pm
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, December 4th vs. Regina Pats @ 7pm
Friday, December 6th vs. Swift Current Broncos @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7th @ Moose Jaw Warriors
THIS WEEK’S PLAYER APPEARANCES:
Tuesday, December 3rd – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to Erickson
Tuesday, December 3rd – CANSKATE Clinic
Tuesday, December 3rd – Christmas School visits to Green Acres and Valleyview
Thursday, December 5th – CIBC Read to Succeed visit to Elkhorn
Thursday, December 5th – Christmas School visits to New Era and King George
RAIN CHECK & “2 for TUESDAY” NIGHT IS COMING!
In addition to next Tuesday, December 10th against Kamloops being Rain Check Night #1, western Manitoba hockey fans will have the opportunity to take advantage of the first “2 for Tuesday” night of the 2013-14 regular season.
Fans attending Tuesday’s game will receive a FREE ticket when they purchase an adult ticket at the regular price of $17 plus agency fees. As well, beer will be sold for $2.99 and hot dogs and popcorn will be available for $2 on this game.
To take advantage of this great offer, fans must visit the Keystone Centre box office or call (204) 726-3555.
MOVEMBER CAMPAIGN COMES TO AN END!
The Wheat Kings would like to thank the staff at Applebees as well as their many fans for their support in this year’s Movember Campaign, in support of men’s health. Over $3,200 was raised from donations received online as well as from tips at last week’s Tip a Wheat King Night at Applebees.
PULOCK, ROBINSON & PILON CAPTURE INDIVIDUAL HONOURS:
Scotiabank presented the Wheat Kings annual Skills Day on Sunday, with Team White beating Team Black 7-3 on the strenghth of capturing a number of the team events.
However, when it came to the exciting individual awards, Brandon’s captain led the way by winning the Hardest Shot competition for the second straight season with a slapshot registering 101 mph. Finishing second was Jayce Hawryluk at 98 mph.
Chad Robinson’s time of 12.5 seconds was enough to win the Fastest Skating event while newly acquired defenceman Ryan Pilon took home top honours in the Accuracy event, hitting four of 5 targets.
PLAYER OF THE MONTH TO BE ANNOUNCED:
Stay tuned to Social Media later today as the Wheat Kings will announce their Impact Player of the Month, presented by Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
BRANDON BITS: Brandon’s captain helped the WHL All Stars double up on Russia 4-2 last week and capture the 2013 SUBWAY Super Series. The New York Islanders’ first round draft choice scored his 50th career WHL goal this past week, becoming the first Brandon blueliner to score 50 goals in his career since Justin Kurtz in 1996-97…While the Wheat Kings don’t have anyone in the Top 25 in scoring this season, Brandon is fourth in goals with 104 in 29 games. Only Portland, Medicine Hat and Spokane have more this year…Defenceman Ryan Pilon made his Brandon debut in Saturday’s OT loss to Prince Albert…The Wheat Kings, in association with Atom-Jet Group recognized Ben Laursen at Saturday’s game. A Virden native, Laursen has been volunteering with the Wheat kings since 1965 when the club was in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. In addition to serving as the club’s Supervisor of Off-Ice officials, Ben was the hockey chairman at the 1979 Canada Winter Games, held in the Wheat City..Just a reminder that the annual Shoppers Mall Teddy Bear Toss is coming on Friday, December 13th vs. Kelowna. All donations of new, unwrapped stuffed animals tossed on the ice will be donated to the local Christmas Cheer Registry.