Saturday, 11 September 2010

Wiebe's Hat-Trick Leads Wheat Kings to Win

The Brandon Wheat Kings improved their pre-season record to 2-and-0 Saturday night with a 7-3 victory over the Regina Pats.

Shayne Wiebe had a hat-trick for Brandon while linemates Brenden Walker and Jason Swyripa added three assists each.

Wiebe had three goals and six points in two pre-season games this weekend.

"It's always good to know that you can still score, I guess," says the 20-year old Wiebe, "It's always good to get everything under your belt early in the season and it feels pretty good."

Jesse Sinatynski added a goal and two assists for Brandon with Dylan Kuczek, Mark Mieritz and Wheaton King also scoring for the Wheat Kings.

Brandon dressed a rookie-laden lineup for the second straight night against the Pats, with Wiebe was one of just five WHL veterans in the lineup.

He says it's good for the young players to get a couple of wins under their belts this weekend.

"It's good for them to know what it feels like to win in this league too," says Wiebe, "There's a lot of things we need to get better at, which will come. It's only been a week and two games for us as a group. This next week coming up and the Moose Jaw home-and-home, we'll get even better with that and they'll all progress through that."

Hampus Gustafson had a pair of goals and Dane Muench also scored for Regina while Virden product Landon Peel had a pair of assists for the Pats.

Rookies Ty Rimmer and Corbin Boes split the goaltending duties for Brandon for the second straight night, with Rimmer stopping 14 of 15 shots and Boes blocking 20 of 22.

The Wheat Kings' next pre-season action is Friday, when they host the Moose Jaw Warriors (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...F Paul Ciarelli did not play Saturday after sustaining what's believed to be a minor shoulder injury Friday...F Jon Gaudet (groin), F Dakota Conroy (ashma attack) and G Liam Liston (hamstring) were also among Brandon's scratches...As expected, Brandon captain Brayden Schenn did not skate at the LA Kings camp on Saturday. He remains day-to-day...former Wheat Kings' captain Keith Aulie is not participating with Toronto Maple Leafs' prospects at a rookie tournament this weekend. James Mirtle from the Globe and Mail has more here.

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