Following a six-game stretch beginning January 30th, in which the Wheat Kings went 3-3-0, while being outscored 25-19, Brandon has found a new gear, rattling off five-straight victories, including back-to-back wins over the league-leading Prince Albert Raiders.
Wheaties dusted up the Oil Kings at home last Wednesday, before taking their talents to the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, SK., where the home team lost to Manitoba’s only current WHL team 5-4 in overtime. The Wheat Kings and Raiders then travelled to Brandon for the second leg of a home-and-home on Saturday, where the boys in black and gold doubled up the WHL’s best squad 6-3.
As a matter of fact, Prince Albert’s back-to-back losses to the Wheat Kings on Friday and Saturday marked the first time all season that the Raiders had lost two games in a row. Currently sitting comfortably in first place league-wide, with a 47-8-1-2 record, Prince Albert is on pace to shatter the league record 49 victories in 68 games, set by the 1971-72 Calgary Centennials. But the Wheat Kings turned aside a possible 48th and 49th win with their stellar efforts this week.
Brandon then beat Swift Current 3-2 in overtime Monday, before derailing the Calgary Hitmen 5-1 in their third of four-straight home games on Wednesday. With the win, netminder Jiri Patera picked up his fifth-straight victory, while Wheaties’ captain Stelio Mattheos scored two times and added two assists, moving into 25th place on Brandon’s all-time point scoring list with his 270th career point.
Next up for the Wheat Kings is a home test with the red-hot Saskatoon Blades who have not lost a game in regulation since January 12th. Brandon hosts the Blades from Westoba Place on Friday evening, before travelling back out to Prince Albert to defend their winning streak against the high and mighty Raiders. Friday’s game features a 7:30 PM central puck drop, while Saturday’s contest begins at 7:00 PM.