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Make it Eight – Wheat Kings Win Eighth-Straight, Move to 11-2-1

Photos by Keith Hershmiller

Make it Eight – Wheat Kings Win Eighth-Straight, Move to 11-2-1

The Brandon Wheat Kings have now won eight-straight hockey games.

In a significantly reduced season of 24 games, winning eight contests in a row is a anything but a meaningless stat. In a standard 68-game regular season, this eight-game streak would translate roughly to what would be 22.6 wins in a row when using the 2.83334 X multiplier (24 X 2.83334 = 68).

Now well over halfway into the shortened season, Brandon sits atop the East Division with an 11-2-1 record (23 points) and a .821 points percentage on the season. Having beaten the division’s former first-place Saskatoon Blades earlier in the week, the Wheat Kings continued to distance themselves from the competition with two additional victories as the week wore on.

Just two days after narrowly escaping the Prince Albert Raiders by way of a tight 3-2 victory, the Brandon picked up its eighth-straight win by way of a 4-1 thumping of the now 3-10-1 Swift Current Broncos.

Receiving goals from Nate Danielson, Jake Chiasson, Tyson Zimmer and an empty-net tally from Chad Nychuk, eight different Wheat Kings collected points on the evening. Both Danielson and Nychuk also added assists, while Ridly Greig picked up two helpers and a +2 rating. Goaltender Connor Ungar picked up his third win of the season, turning aside 20 of the 21 shots he faced from the Raiders.

Beginning the winning streak on March 24 with an 8-2 dismantling of the Moose Jaw Warriors, the Wheat Kings have gone on to beat each of the divisional teams during the streak, including two wins over both the Swift Current Broncos and the Prince Albert Raiders.

Through the eight games, Brandon owns an astounding +27 goal differential, outscoring its opponents 41-14 in the process. On the season, the Wheat Kings have 61 total goals for compared to 34 against.

Now 14 games into the 24-game season, Brandon will next face off against the 5-6-3 Regina Pats on Friday afternoon. Puck drop from the Regina Hub is set for 5:00 PM central. The Wheat Kings close out the season with a string of 10 games in 20 days. Of those 10 games, just four come against teams with records over .500 (Winnipeg and Saskatoon), however, just two games come against East Division teams currently out of the Wild Card picture (Prince Albert and Swift Current).

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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