Thursday, 30 August 2012

Wheat Kings' Rookie Camp Ends

(Courtesy www.wheatkings.com)

Two days down and three days to go as the 2012 Brandon Wheat Kings Rookie Camp came to a close on Thursday night at Westman Communications Group Place.

Friday morning Main Camp begins and will feature a number of the Western Hockey League club's top prospects, three key newcomers and all returning veterans.

In the final two Rookie Camp scrimmages Thursday, Team Black scored a come from behind 6-5 Overtime Shootout win over Team White and it was Team Gold scoring four unanswered goals to beat the Blues 5-3.

Goals by Taylor Cooper and Nick Mathews in the final ten minutes snapped a 3-3 tie and gave Team Gold the win. Cooper finished the game with a goal and three points to pace the winners while Tim McGauley set up two goals in a losing cause for Team Blue.

In the opening game, the Blacks came back from a 3-1 deficit to take a 5-4 lead with seven minutes remaining in regulation time - only to see Team White even things up two minutes later.

In the Shootout, the Black team scored on all three shots by Kord Pankewicz, Neepawa's Quintin Lisoway and Dakota Boutin.

In addition to the Shootout goal, Pankewicz, who was Brandon's first selection in last year's WHL Bantam Draft, picked up three assists during regulation time.

Following Thursday's final scrimmage, a number of the prospects were given invitations to the hockey club's Main Camp.

Over sixty players, including sixteen WHL veterans are expected to attend the camp that will conclude Sunday afternoon with the annual Intrasquad game at 2 p.m.

Among the veterans will be newly acquired Tyler Yaworski and Nick Buonassisi, who were recently obtained in deals with Prince Albert and Lethbridge respectively. Another player that will be making his Wheat Kings' Camp debut will be right-winger Richard Nejezchleb of the Czech Republic. He was the Wheat Kings' first round pick in this summer's Canadian Hockey League Import Draft.

Friday's Main Camp Schedule
Team White Practice, 8 a.m.
Goalie Session, 9:30 a.m.
Team Black vs. Team Gold, 10:30 a.m.
Team Black Practice, 5 p.m.
Team White vs. Team Gold, 6:30 p.m.

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