Monday, 1 February 2016

Wheat Kings End Road Stretch Tuesday

Tim McGauley plays his 250th career
game with the Wheat Kings Tuesday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings close out a stretch of seven consecutive road games tonight when they visit the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  The Wheat Kings are coming off a 6-3 loss in Calgary on Sunday, are 4-2-0-0 in their first six games of this road stretch.

  Overall, Brandon’s 17-8-1-0 road record this season is the best in the Western Hockey League.

  The Wheat Kings will be without Garrett Armour for the second straight game after he was suspended for four games by the WHL Monday for a check-to-the-head major he was assessed in Saturday’s win in Red Deer.

  Stelio Mattheos and Linden McCorrister remain day-to-day with upper body injuries, and both are questionable for Tuesday’s contest.

  They join Brandon products Tanner Kaspick and Connor Gutenberg on the Wheat Kings’ injury list.

  Brandon enters Tuesday’s action with a six-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division and one point behind second-place Red Deer in the Eastern Conference standings.

  With the Rebels idle on Tuesday, the Wheat Kings could leapfrog past Red Deer and into second-place with a victory.

  Tuesday’s game will be the 250th in a Wheat Kings’ uniform for centre Tim McGauley.

  The 20-year old joined Brandon as a 15-year old prospect in the Brayden Schenn trade in January of 2011, and has 237 career points as a Wheat Kings – tying him with Mike Maneluk for 29th-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list.

  Brandon’s next home game is Friday when they entertain the Prince George Cougars (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Prior to that, the Wheat Kings will host their annual CKLQ Sportsman’s Dinner on Thursday.

  The dinner is held annually to raise funds for the Wheat Kings’ scholarship foundation, which funds former players getting post-secondary educations following their WHL careers.

  This year’s headline speaker is former Wheat King and current Winnipeg Jets’ general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff.

  The Jets’ play-by-play voice on TSN Dennis Beyek and comedian Dave Hemstad will also slated to entertain the crowd.

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