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Wheat Kings finally snap lengthy losing streak on the road

Rookie forward Caiden Daley of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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Rookie forward Caiden Daley of the Brandon Wheat Kings. (FILE)

The Brandon Wheat Kings finally snapped a 10-game losing streak on the road, coming back to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-1 at Mosaic Place on Wednesday.

The victory assured the Wheat Kings (31-29-7-3) will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the playoffs because Brandon locked up the top wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Calgary Hitmen, who sit in eighth, are six points behind with two games remaining.
Brandon goalie Logan Thompson made 28 saves and Connor Gutenberg tied the game exactly four minutes after Jet Woo gave Moose Jaw (41-20-8-1) the lead midway through the second period in a game that had to be rescheduled after a snowstorm last week left roads closed. 
Reid Duke scored the winner less than two minutes later and Caiden Daley added an insurance goal in the third period as Brandon won on the road for the first time since Jan. 29.
Brandon head coach David Anning said it was a good victory for his team.
"Guys were excited obviously," he said. "I think it’s nice that we rewarded for playing the right way. I thought we had guys who bought in and they recognized when we play hard, when we play with structure and when we work together we’re going to be successful."
For just the third time this season, the Wheat Kings played a period without a goal or a penalty, although Brandon trailed in shots 11-4 after the opening frame.
After Woo’s shot from the point found its way by Thompson, Gutenberg tied it when he was left alone behind the Moose Jaw net, skated out and lifted the puck over Moose Jaw goalie Brody Willms.
Duke scored the winner 14:14 into the second period on a two-on-one when he elected to shoot as Nolan Patrick crashed the net. Duke fired the puck off the far post and in under Willms’ glove.
Daley put the game away 13:27 into the third period when he hammered home the rebound on a Kade Jensen shot for his second goal of the season.
The win was particularly gutsy in light of who the team was missing. Veterans Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick both are out with upper-body injuries, and overage forward Tyler Coulter is waiting to hear how long he’ll be suspended for a thunderous hit on Tuesday that has knocked Swift Current Broncos forward Kaden Elder out of action. 
They were also without rookie defenceman Garrett Sambrook, who is listed day-to-day due to an illness that isn’t the mumps. 
"We were missing some key guys, but it wasn’t anything we haven’t faced before throughout the season," Anning said. "Tonight I think we simplified our game and by simplifying our game it made us faster overall and I thought guys stepped up. We had a lot of important contributions. We had guys with good performances up and down the lineup."
Brandon finishes up its 72-game regular season schedule with a home-and-home series with the Regina Pats on Friday and Saturday. Game time at Westman Place on Saturday is 7:30 p.m.
ICINGS: Brandonite Tate Popple played against the Wheat Kings for the first time after being called up by the Warriors on Monday. His midget Wheat Kings team was knocked out of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs on the weekend by the Yellowhead Chiefs. It was the sixth WHL game for Popple, who wore No. 18 … Brandon will hand out its year-end awards on Saturday … Callup Aiden Mucenski played his second game with Brandon.   
» pbergson@brandonsun.com
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The Brandon Wheat Kings finally snapped a 10-game losing streak on the road, coming back to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 3-1 at Mosaic Place on Wednesday.

The victory assured the Wheat Kings (31-29-7-3) will face the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the playoffs because Brandon locked up the top wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference. The Calgary Hitmen, who sit in eighth, are six points behind with two games remaining.

Brandon goalie Logan Thompson made 28 saves and Connor Gutenberg tied the game exactly four minutes after Jet Woo gave Moose Jaw (41-20-8-1) the lead midway through the second period in a game that had to be rescheduled after a snowstorm last week left roads closed. 

Reid Duke scored the winner less than two minutes later and Caiden Daley added an insurance goal in the third period as Brandon won on the road for the first time since Jan. 29.

Brandon head coach David Anning said it was a good victory for his team.

"Guys were excited obviously," he said. "I think it’s nice that we rewarded for playing the right way. I thought we had guys who bought in and they recognized when we play hard, when we play with structure and when we work together we’re going to be successful."

For just the third time this season, the Wheat Kings played a period without a goal or a penalty, although Brandon trailed in shots 11-4 after the opening frame.

After Woo’s shot from the point found its way by Thompson, Gutenberg tied it when he was left alone behind the Moose Jaw net, skated out and lifted the puck over Moose Jaw goalie Brody Willms.

Duke scored the winner 14:14 into the second period on a two-on-one when he elected to shoot as Nolan Patrick crashed the net. Duke fired the puck off the far post and in under Willms’ glove.

Daley put the game away 13:27 into the third period when he hammered home the rebound on a Kade Jensen shot for his second goal of the season.

The win was particularly gutsy in light of who the team was missing. Veterans Kale Clague and Tanner Kaspick both are out with upper-body injuries, and overage forward Tyler Coulter is waiting to hear how long he’ll be suspended for a thunderous hit on Tuesday that has knocked Swift Current Broncos forward Kaden Elder out of action. 

They were also without rookie defenceman Garrett Sambrook, who is listed day-to-day due to an illness that isn’t the mumps. 

"We were missing some key guys, but it wasn’t anything we haven’t faced before throughout the season," Anning said. "Tonight I think we simplified our game and by simplifying our game it made us faster overall and I thought guys stepped up. We had a lot of important contributions. We had guys with good performances up and down the lineup."

Brandon finishes up its 72-game regular season schedule with a home-and-home series with the Regina Pats on Friday and Saturday. Game time at Westman Place on Saturday is 7:30 p.m.

ICINGS: Brandonite Tate Popple played against the Wheat Kings for the first time after being called up by the Warriors on Monday. His midget Wheat Kings team was knocked out of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs on the weekend by the Yellowhead Chiefs. It was the sixth WHL game for Popple, who wore No. 18 … Brandon will hand out its year-end awards on Saturday … Callup Aiden Mucenski played his second game with Brandon.   

» pbergson@brandonsun.com

» Twitter: @PerryBergson

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