Bradley Schoonbaert scored four goals for the Brandon Wheat Kings as they blew out the host Interlake Lightning 8-1 in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League on Sunday, which did the Yellowhead Chiefs a big favour in the process.
The win by the Wheat Kings (39-3-2), who finished atop the league standings, combined with Yellowhead’s 3-2 victory over the Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday, moved the Chiefs into a tie with the Lightning for the final playoff spot.
Yellowhead and Interlake will square off in Shoal Lake on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. to determine who will meet the Wheat Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
In Saturday’s games, it was: Wheat Kings 4, Eastman Selects 3 (SO); Kenora Thistles 3, Yellowhead Chiefs 1; and Central Plains Capitals 6, Southwest Cougars 3.
At Teulon, Reid Hunter added a goal and three helpers for the Wheat Kings, while Josh Kobelka, Ty Lewis and Robert Hechler also found the back of the net. Aiken Chop netted the lone goal for Interlake (19-21-4), which got 40 saves from Hunter Ploszay.
Chiefs 3 Hawks 2
At Shoal Lake, Josh Martin scored the game-winner in the third period for the Chiefs (19-21-4). Riley Shamray and Ashton Anderson netted first-period markers to open the scoring, before Bennett Dalke and Michael Wirth replied in the second for the Hawks (19-20-5). Brett Friesen made 27 saves for the Chiefs.
Wheat Kings 4 Selects 3 (SO)
At Beausejour, Lewis scored in regulation time and the shootout for the Wheat Kings, who also got markers from Coltyn Bates and Zach Whitecloud. Duncan Campbell netted the shootout winner. Kirklan Lycar, a prospect of the WHL’s Wheat Kings, had a goal for the Selects (24-13-7).
Thistles 3 Chiefs 1
At Shoal Lake, Dylan Gosselin-Archer, Jake Tresoor and Tristan Salesse all scored for the Thistles (21-20-3), who locked up a playoff spot. Jordan Robertson replied for the Chiefs, who got 22 saves from Friesen.
Capitals 6 Cougars 3
At Souris, Stephen MacKenzie scored twice and set up another goal for the Capitals (9-33-2), while Connor Nichol made 62 saves. Tanner Lewis netted a pair of markers for the Cougars (22-19-3), while Keaton Jameson added a single. Southwest will face Eastman in the first round of the playoffs.
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