Coltyn Bates and Bradley Schoonbaert both had a goal and an assist for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday as they moved within one victory of locking up top spot in the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.
The Wheat Kings (37-3-1) beat the host Central Plains Capitals 5-3 and are three points up on the Winnipeg Wild (35-5-2) for the league lead. The Wild, who fell 4-3 to the Kenora Thistles on Sunday, have two games left in the regular season while the Wheat Kings have three.
Elsewhere on Sunday, it was: Interlake Lightning 4, Southwest Cougars 3.
On Saturday, it was: Wheat Kings 5, Lightning 1; Yellowhead Chiefs 7, Capitals 2; and Cougars 4, Pembina Valley Hawks 2.
At Portage la Prairie, Jordy Stallard, Matthew Gerdis and Tanner Kaspick also scored for Brandon, which netted all of its markers in the opening frame and got 28 saves from Tyler Gutenberg.
Devin Muir led the Capitals (7-31-2) with a goal and an assist.
Lightning 4 Cougars 3
At Melita, Blayze Bonkowski scored twice and set up another marker for the Lightning (18-19-4), who exploded for all their goals in the third period and moved two points up on the Chiefs for the final playoff spot.
Cole Oliver had a goal and two helpers for the Cougars (20-18-3), with Graeme Hore and Tristen Cross netting the other goals.
Josh Diaz made 26 saves for Southwest.
Wheat Kings 5 Lightning 1
At the Sportplex, Jesse Lawrence, Ty Lewis and Stallard each had a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings. Kaspick and James Shearer also scored for Brandon, with Schoonbaert adding two assists. Winning goalie Reid Stallard made 25 saves.
Bonkowski replied for the Lightning.
Chiefs 7 Capitals 2
In MacGregor, two Josh Martin goals helped the Chiefs (17-20-4) snap a six-game losing streak. Morgan Geekie had a goal and an assist, with Tucker Scantlebury, Nick Noonan-Robinson, Jordan Robertson and Logan Young rounding out the Yellowhead scoring. Tyler Ham and Muir scored for the Capitals (7-30-2).
Brett Friesen made 46 saves for the Chiefs, while Capitals goalie Connor Nichol stopped 32 shots.
Cougars 4 Hawks 2
In Morden, Oliver and Braden Billaney each had a goal and an assist for the Cougars, while Tanner Lewis and Michael Fortin also scored for the winners. Diaz made 27 saves for Southwest.
Jordan McCallum scored for the Hawks (18-17-5) and assisted on Bennett Dalke’s goal.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 3, 2014