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Jordan McCausland of the Brandon Wheat Kings cuts in front of the Winnipeg Wild’s Noah Layte during Sunday’s Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League game at the Sportsplex.
The Brandon Wheat Kings had their six-game Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League winning streak snapped on Sunday as they fell 4-0 to the visiting Winnipeg Wild at the Sportsplex.
The loss dropped the Wheaties (9-2-0) into second place in the league, while the Wild (10-1-0) jumped into first.
In another game on Sunday, it was: Southwest Cougars 5, Yellowhead Chiefs 4.
On Saturday, it was: Wheat Kings 5, Pembina Valley Hawks 4; and Winnipeg Thrashers 4, Chiefs 2.
At the Sportsplex, Tyler Gutenberg made 18 saves in net for Brandon, who fired 32 shots on Winnipeg netminder Evan Johnson. Julien Koga, Colton Veloso, Dale Goodbrandson and Ezra Hall scored for the Wild.
While the Wild moved two points ahead of the Wheat Kings for first place, Brandon head coach Ken Schneider said his team outplayed Winnipeg and wants his players to believe they can beat anyone.
"I think it’s really just a mental thing to be honest with you because over the years we’ve always had to battle with the Winnipeg teams and I’m not afraid of them whatsover this year," Schneider said. "I think we’re as good as any team in this league; in fact I’d put money on us at the end of the day. I like our team and I like our will to win."
Cougars 5 Chiefs 4
At Souris, Tyler Kirkup scored a pair of goals, with Brett Opperman and Brett Phillips adding a goal and a helper for the Cougars (5-5-1), who held a 5-1 edge early in the third. Carter Cowlthorp netted Southwest’s other marker.
Morgan Geekie led the Chiefs (4-6-0) with two goals and an assist. Brody Smith and Tanner Kyle also scored for Yellowhead, which got a 39-save performance from Brett Friesen.
Wheat Kings 5 Hawks 4
At the Sportsplex, Bradley Schoonbaert scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Wheat Kings swept back-to-back games against the Hawks. Duncan Campbell and Josh Kobelka each had a goal and an assist, while Jordan McCausland and Troy Heywood also scored for Brandon. Bennett Dalke, a draft pick of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, scored one of the goals for the Hawks (7-4-0). Reid Stallard made 25 saves to earn the win in net for Brandon.
Thrashers 4 Chiefs 2
In Shoal Lake, Shane Roulette, Aaron Boyd, Adam Heinemann and Garrett Armour scored for the Thrashers (7-2-0). Ashton Anderson and Geekie replied for the Chiefs. Troy Martyniuk made 25 saves for Winnipeg, while Yellowhead goalie Luke Zacharias stopped 27 shots.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 4, 2013