Brandon Switzer helped the Brandon Wheat Kings clinch first place in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s West Division on Saturday night at the Sportsplex.
Switzer scored two goals, including the third-period game-winner, to give Brandon (31-10-2) a 5-4 victory over the Pembina Valley Hawks (28-11-5). The Wheat Kings’ final scheduled regular-season game versus the Kenora Thistles was cancelled due to illness running through the Kenora team, but the game won’t be rescheduled since it won’t affect the final standings. Brandon earned a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Duncan Campbell also had two goals for the Wheat Kings, while Austin Dorn scored once. Colin Grenier had two goals and an assist for the Hawks.
The Yellowhead Chiefs (29-12-3) earned the other bye, finishing tied for second in the West Division, but claimed the tiebreaker over the Pembina Valley.
Elsewhere Saturday, it was: Winnipeg Thrashers 4, Yellowhead Chiefs 1; Southwest Cougars 5, Central Plains Capitals 4.
Thrashers 4 Chiefs 1
At Shoal Lake, Keegan Kolesar scored twice for the Thrashers. Tyler Dereniwski replied for the Chiefs (29-12-3).
Cougars 5 Capitals 4
At Souris, Zack Hicks scored two goals and set up two others as the Cougars prevailed in a preview of their first-round playoff matchup. Carter Suski had a goal and two assists, while Daylon Creasy set up three Southwest goals.
The Capitals (16-24-4) will visit the Cougars Wednesday (7:30 p.m., Souris) in Game 1 of their best-of-three series.
Thrashers 6 Cougars 2
On Sunday, the host Cougars (23-19-2) got goals from Sheldon Kowalchuk and Cameron Whyte, but it wasn’t enough to beat the Thrashers.
Elsewhere Sunday, it was: Interlake 3, Norman 2; Winnipeg Wild 5, Eastman 0.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 11, 2013