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Duncan Campbell of the Brandon Wheat Kings pushes the puck past Brandon Masson of the Southwest Cougars during Midget AAA hockey action at the Sportsplex on Sunday afternoon.
The Brandon Wheat Kings power-play was firing on all cylinders on Sunday, scoring four goals with the man-advantage as they beat the Southwest Cougars 6-3 in their Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League game.
Duncan Campbell of the Brandon Wheat Kings celebrates a goal with teammates during Sunday’s Midget AAA hockey game against the Southwest Cougars at the Sportsplex. (TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN)
Elsewhere on Sunday, Winnipeg Wild 7, Yellowhead Chiefs 1.
On Saturday, it was: Winnipeg Thrashers 4, Chiefs 3; and Pembina Valley Hawks 3, Cougars 1.
At the Sportsplex, Brandon captain Duncan Campbell and defenceman James Shearer both had one goal and three assists for the Wheat Kings (2-0-0), who had a perfect opening weekend.
"It’s always good to start the year 2-0," said Campbell, who scored one of Brandon’s two even-strength goals. "You can’t complain when you have a perfect weekend and get all the points possible. There’s still lots of things we have to work on. … Overall I’m really impressed with the team so far."
The Wheaties got their power-play going quickly when Reid Hunter beat Southwest netminder Tyler Crowe just 25 seconds into their first of five power-play opportunities of the game to take a 1-0 lead. Brandon never trailed during the contest.
Jordy Stallard, Bradley Schoonbaert and Ty Lewis also scored for Brandon. Graeme Hore, Brett Opperman and Michael Fortin replied for Southwest (0-2-0), which went 2-for-9 with the man-advantage. Crowe finished the game with 30 saves. Brandon goalie Tyler Gutenberg stopped 26 of the 29 shots he faced.
Although the Wheat Kings are happy with their start, they don’t want to get too excited just yet.
"It gives us confidence that we’re 2-0 and hopefully that doesn’t give us too big of a head that we can (beat) any team," Campbell said. "We still have to work for it."
Wild 7 Chiefs 1
Luke Zacharias was scorched for five goals on 21 shots in the first period before giving way to Brett Friesen, who stopped 36 of the 38 shots he faced, as the Chiefs fell to 0-2-0 on the season. Tyler Dereniwski scored Yellowhead’s lone marker. Zach Court had a hat trick for the Wild (2-0-0).
Thrashers 4 Chiefs 3
At Winnipeg, the Chiefs let a 3-0 lead slip away, punctuated by a three-goal third period by the Thrashers (2-0-0). Rhett Lough scored the winning goal with only 39 seconds left in the game. Tanner Kyle had a goal and an assist for the Chiefs, who also got counters from Morgan Geekie and Jordan Robertson.
Hawks 3 Cougars 1
At Souris, Tyler Kirkup scored for the Cougars, who gave up three unanswered goals in the final two periods. Jeff Michiels scored twice for the Hawks (2-0-0).
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 7, 2013