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Calgary Hitmen dumped the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-2 on Sunday

By: Q Country/Star FM Sports
Posted: December 12, 2022 08:12

Wheat Kings recorded a 2-1 win over the Spokane Chiefs on Saturday

Image - Brandon Wheat Kings

The Wheat Kings came out slow allowing the Hitmen to open the scoring in the first period. Some solid cycling by the Anderson, Hyland Ritchie line allowed blue liner Luke Shipley to sneak close to the net and score the opening goal to make it 1-0 Wheat Kings. The Hitmen would kick it into the next gear scoring a pair of goals. First, it was Riley Fiddler-Schultz scoring to tie it up at one. Then with only 1:20 remaining Grayden Siepmann would locate Zac Funk with a cross ice pass giving the Hitmen a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

The Wheat Kings would tie it up early in the second with Anderson feeding Nolan Ritchie who played the puck across to Brett Hyland who beat Ethan Buenaventura. The goal extended Hyland’s goal scoring streak to 6 games. The Hitmen would restore the lead with Jacob Wright scoring on the powerplay after a scrum near the net to make it 3-2 heading into the third period.

The Wheat Kings needed a big third period but they had a cloudy stat floating over their heads. The Wheat Kings were 0-13-1 when trailing after two periods this season and it continued Sunday afternoon with the Hitmen dominating the third. Zac Funk would score his 2nd of the night and then setup the empty net goal to make it 5-2 Hitmen. Funk would finish the night with 2 goals and 3 assists contributing on every goal scored by the Calgary Hitmen.

3 Stars:

  1. Zac Funk (2G-3A)
  2. Ethan Buenaventura (25 Saves)
  3. Luke Shipley (1G)

The Wheat Kings are back in action this Friday night when they host the Winnipeg Ice. Puck drop at 7:00 pm from Westoba Place in Brandon. Chase Johnston will have the call on Q Country 91.5 and 880 AM beginning with the Drummonds Farm Services Pregame show at 6:30 pm.


The Brandon Wheat Kings edge the Spokane Chiefs 2-1 on Teddy Bear Toss night December 10th.

(Image - Brandon Wheat Kings)

Both clubs traded scoring opportunities including each hitting a post but couldn’t open the scoring in the first period.

The Chiefs would end the drought in the second period with Chase Bertholet finding Winnipeg native Ben Bonni in the slot beating Carson Bjarnason to make it 1-0 Chiefs. Then after Nateee Danielson took a high stick which drew blood, the Wheat Kings would go on a 4 minute powerplay. That’s where Nate Danielson would place a pass which would go off a Chiefs skate and in to tie the game up at one and send the Teddy Bears Flying. The Wheat Kings would find themselves on a handful of penalty kills in the final stretches of the period but Carson Bjarnason stood tall making a handful of saves to keep it 1-1 heading into the third period.

Nate Danielson was back at it again in the third period setting up another powerplay goal. It was Nolan Ritchie taking a pass from Danielson which would go off the body of Brett Hyland and in to give the Wheat Kings a 2-1 lead. The Wheat Kings would survive a late push from the Chiefs and skate off with 2-1 win. 

3 Stars:

  1. Nate Danielson (1G-1A)
  2. Carson Bjarnason (26 Saves)
  3. Dawson Cowan (34 Saves)

(Recaps courtesy of the Brandon Wheat Kings)

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