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Ty Webber (5) of the Brandon Wheat Kings fires the puck up ice during Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League action against the Eastman Selects at the Sportsplex on Sunday.
The Brandon Midget AAA Wheat Kings are proving just how good they can be this season.
The team extended its winning streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over the Eastman Selects on Sunday and the Wheaties are now in full possession of first place in the Manitoba AAA Hockey League’s West Division. It’s a position Brandon (8-2-0) hoped to move up to during the last two weeks, and the team is happy to accomplish its early-season goal.
"It’s a good start and it’s where we feel we should be," said Jordan Kaspick, who had one goal and one assist against Eastman.
"But we know there’s a lot of good teams and anybody can beat anybody, so we have to work hard to stay there."
While the Wheat Kings are rolling right now, that doesn’t mean they haven’t faced some adversity along the way.
This was the second straight weekend Brandon played three games in three days, and the players became tired midway through the second period on Sunday.
Luckily, they jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, courtesy of goals by Kaspick, Tyler Coulter and Brandon Switzer and were able to rely on solid defensive play and good goaltending by Tyler Gutenberg to hold off the late-charging Selects (1-8-0), which impressed Wheat Kings head coach Ken Schneider.
"It says a lot about our character," he said.
"In all fairness to our guys, they worked really hard. … We just managed well and relied on our goalie in the third and he stood his ground and did what he does."
Gutenberg made 22 saves. Duncan Campbell scored late to round out the scoring for Brandon. Brett Howden replied for Eastman.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 29, 2012