February 3, 2014, Brandon, MB. (ISN) – The Brandon Wheat Kings returned home Sunday following a grueling 4-game in five night Western Hockey League road trip that saw them collect three of a possible eight points.
Brandon lost games in Edmonton and Calgary, dropped an overtime decision in Red Deer before downing the Blades 4-1 in Saskatoon.
With the win the Wheat Kings moved back into a first place tie with Swift Current in the WHL’s Eastern Division with a record of 27-19-5-1.
In Saturday night’s game against the Blades, Rihards Bukarts scored twice and rookie netminder Jordan Papirny turned aside 33 shots to pace the winners, who return home this week to host the Medicine Hat Tigers and Swift Current Broncos this week.
THIS WEEK’S SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, February 5th vs. Medicine Hat Tigers @ 7pm
Friday, February 7th vs. Swift Current Broncos @ 7:30pm
Sunday, February 9th @ Swift Current Broncos
Sunday’s game will be the first of a 3-game road trip that will see stops in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge.
THIS WEEK’S PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Monday, February 3rd – No Practice
Tuesday, February 4th @ 1:45pm
Thursday, February 6th @ 1:45 pm
Saturday, February 8th (to be determined due to Tournament of Champions)
THIS WEEK’S PLAYER APPEARANCES:
Thursday, February 6th – Wheat Kings CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner
Keystone Centre UCT Pavillion
Proceeds to benefit the Wheat Kings Scholarship Foundation
Saturday, February 8th – Tournament of Champions Kick-off Breakfast
Saturday, February 8th – Healthy Brandon in Motion Skating Party
Assiniboine Park Skating Oval
2014 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER AUCTION ITEMS:
Following is a brief summary of some of the auction items that will be up for grabs at this Thursday’s Sportsman’s Dinner at the Keystone Centre:
Eric Fehr autographed Washington Capitals jersey
Travis Hamonic autographed New York Islanders jersey
Zach Bogosian autographed Winnipeg Jets jersey
Cam Neely autographed Boston Bruins jersey
Autographed Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers football
Autogrpahed basketball shoes from LA Lakers’ star Kobe Bryant
Autographed Ron Hextall framed photo
Steven Stamkos autographed Tampa Bay Lightning jersey
Brayden Schenn autographed Philadelphia Flyers jersey
Matt Calvert autographed Columbus Blue Jackets jersey
This year’s event is a “sell out”. For more information visit www.wheatkings.com
Rihards Bukarts scored twice in Saturday’s win over the Blades, giving him 21 on the season, which is second in the WHL among rookies…Another rookie – Peter Quenneville – meanwhile had an assist in the game to run his point scoring streak to eight games. Quenneville led the team in scoring in January with six goals and 16 points in twelve games. Captain Ryan Pulock was next with three goals and 13 points…The Wheat Kings IMPACT Player of the Month will be announced later today…Jayce Hawryluk has regained the club scoring with fifteen goals and 46 points in 46 games…Rookie Jordan Papirny compiled a 4-1-1 record with a 2.77 goals against average and a .903 save percentage in January.