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Wheat Kings Wrap Up 2018 Preseason

By Carter Brooks

Photo by Tim Smith

The Brandon Wheat Kings were the final Western Hockey League team to begin the 2018-19 preseason, and along with the Swift Current Broncos and the Kelowna Rockets, played in the least amount of tune up contests. 

Wheat Kings Wrap Up 2018 Preseason

Although playing just four games prior to this week’s puck drop on the regular season, the Wheaties were able to pick up two victories over the Moose Jaw Warriors this past weekend after dropping two contests to the Regina Pats last week. Veterans Linden McCorrister, Caiden Daley and Luka Burzan led the way for Brandon, who relied on solid goaltending from the tag-team duo of Jiri Patera and Dylan Myskiw.

The Wheat Kings also provided a handful of roster updates throughout the past week, in re-assigning Jake Chiasson, Brett Hyland, Drayson Collyer, Bode Hagan and Nolan Ritchie to their respective midget hockey clubs. As is typically the case in early-mid September, Brandon also received some welcomed support. 

The Ottawa Senators re-assigned Luka Burzan to Brandon on September 11th, Cole Reinhardt was released by the Colorado Avalanche on the 13th, Schael Higson was also sent down from Vegas on the 13th, while Jiri Patera came down from the Golden Knights on the 14th. Stelio Mattheos – Brandon’s second-leading goal scorer from 2017-18 was re-assigned by the Carolina Hurricanes to the Wheat Kings this past Sunday. The only other player eligible to be sent back down to the WHL from NHL training camps is Colorado Avalanche forward Ty Lewis. 

Lewis, 20, who had 44 goals and 100 points in 70 regular season games with the Wheat Kings last season, would be a very welcomed addition to the 2018-19 WHL squad. Lewis’ 100 points placed him eighth in league scoring in 2017-18, before he put up six goals and 13 points in 11 postseason games for Brandon. 

The Wheat Kings begin their 68 game regular season schedule at home against Winnipeg’s Jett Woo and the Moose Jaw Warriors this Friday, September 21st. Puck drop from Westoba Place is set for 7:30 P.M. central.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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