Saturday, 22 May 2010

Wheat Kings Headed to Final

The Brandon Wheat Kings scratched a 31-year itch on Friday night.

The club has qualified for the Memorial Cup Final for the first time since 1979, thanks to a 5-4 victory over the Calgary Hitmen in the semifinal.

Fourth-year forward Jay Fehr made sure his name will be remembered for years to come, scoring 3:16 into overtime to give the Wheat Kings the victory.

“It was great for the team,” says Fehr, “We battled all night and, luckily, I just threw a puck at the net and it went in.”

Fehr’s goal capped what would have to be considered the Wheat Kings’ best performance of the season but Brandon wasn’t initially rewarded for their efforts.

Joel Broda and Ian Schultz scored goals nine second apart late in the first period to give Calgary a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes but Hitmen netminder Martin Jones was the real star of the first period, stopping 13 shots.

In the second period, Alexander Urbom got the Wheat Kings to within one just 1:36 in but Calgary restored a two-goal lead on a shorthanded goal by Tyler Fiddler at 9:43.

The goal could have crushed the Wheat Kings, but the club pushed back instead with Matt Calvert getting Brandon back to within one at 11:58 and Travis Hamonic pulling the Wheat Kings even with a power-play goal with just 11 seconds left in the third period.

Colby Robak then gave Brandon their first lead with a power-play marker 5:09 into the third and, for a while, it looked like to might hold up as the winner.

However, Calgary’s Misha Fisensko scored with 5:12 left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

At that point, Brandon had outshot Calgary 46-29 but the stellar play of Martin Jones in the Hitmen net forced the game into overtime.

In the intermission, the Wheat Kings regrouped and came out in overtime with a lot of pressure.

“We were just upbeat and positive,” adds Fehr, “We knew he had a lot of momentum, the crowd was great tonight. We had confidence in how we had played all night and we just wanted to keep it going.”

The #1 question I got when I went to the Molson Canadian Hockey House after the game was how I called it (Now you know why I don’t post a story until this morning).

Brandon fans, here you go…

The 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup Host Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that 150 additional tickets have been made available for Sunday's Championship Final at Westman Place.

Host Committee Chairman Jeff Cristall announced Saturday morning that the general admission Standing Room Only tickets will go on sale at 9:30 Saturday morning at the Keystone Centre box office.

Fans can purchase at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great call!