Friday, 20 September 2013

Game #1 - Brandon at Moose Jaw (September 20, 2013)

Goaltenders
35. Curtis Honey
33. Jordan Papirny

Defencemen
7. Eric Roy - 9. Rene Hunter
5. Colton Waltz - 32. Kale Clague
10. Kord Pankewicz - 34. Dominic Thom

Forwards
17. John Quenneville - 20. Chad Robinson - 18. Richard Nejezchleb
13. Rihards Bukarts - 23. Tim McGauley - 8. Jayce Hawryluk
19. Taylor Cooper - 28. Quintin Lisoway - 24. Jens Meilleur
22. Braylon Shmyr - 26. Ryley Lindgren - 15. Jack Palmer

Notes
- Brandon scratches on opening night are D Ryan Pulock (still with NY Islanders), D Nick Walters (knuckle), D Taylor Green (upper body), D Riley Van Horne (healthy), F Jesse Gabrielle (healthy), F Tyler Coulter (healthy), F Duncan Campbell (healthy) and F Brett Kitt (healthy).

- The Wheat Kings open their regular season on the road for the third time in five years.  The club beat Moose Jaw 4-1 in the first ever regular season game on Mosaic Place two years ago (to open the 2011-12 campaign) and lost in Prince Albert 6-1 to open the 2009-2010 campaign.  That loss to the Raiders is the only one for Brandon on opening night in the last 13 years.

- Six first-year players will be in Brandon's lineup for tonight's contest but only three will be making the WHL regular season debuts in import forward Rihards Bukarts, 15-year old Kale Clague and 17-year old blueliner Dominic Thom.  Braylon Shmyr, Ryley Lindgren and Jordan Papirny all played with the Wheat Kings at some point a year ago.

- Made the comment on twitter earlier today that it marks a first for me tonight.  It's the first time a Wheat Kings' player will be the son of a former WHLer who played in the league while I was also broadcasting games.  That, of course, is Kale Clague.  Dad Jason was a goaltender with Regina and Red Deer from 1991 to 1994.  Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon also said it's the first time he's had a 15-year old in the lineup on opening night.

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