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Thompson Powers Wheat Kings to Win

January 20, 2019 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, MB. - The Brandon Wheat Kings completed a weekend sweep of the Kootenay ICE Saturday night by scoring a wild 7-5 victory at Westoba Place.

Baron Thompson scored three times, including the third period game winner as the Wheat Kings pulled to within two points of the Calgary Hitmen in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference standings.

Calgary currently occupies the eighth and final playoff spot.

Thompson, who entered the game with two goals on the season, scored his first ever WHL hat trick.

Two of his goals came in the second period as the Wheat Kings battled from behind to grab a 5-3 lead through forty minutes of play.

His game winning tally came at the 6:27 mark of the third, snapping a 5-5 tie after the ICE had scored a pair of goals seventeen seconds apart to wipe out a 2-goal deficit.

Cole Reinhardt's second goal of the game - into the empty net - with less than a minute to play clinched the win as the Wheat Kings improved their record to 19-18-3-3 on the season.

Luka Burzan and captain Stelio Mattheos - with his team leading 30th goal of the season - rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings, who edged Kootenay 5-4 in overtime on Friday night.

Former Wheat King Jaeger White scored twice in a losing cause for the ICE, who also received a 3-assist effort from 19-year old defenceman Chase Hartje.

Jakin Smallwood, Austin Schellenberg and 15-year old Carson Lambos rounded out the scoring for the visitors, who saw their record slip to 10-30-7-1 on the year.

Brandon coach David Anning says that while the game was far from a masterpiece, he was happy to get the weekend sweep and get back into the WHL playoff conversation.

"This weekend we had a lot of positives," Anning said. "We needed four points and we got that. Now we're going to have four days of practice as we prepare for another big weekend. We have to keep focusing on getting points and that's the main objective."

Brandon will now have the week to prepare for what will be a busy stretch of games, beginning with a home and home series with the Regina Pats.

Next home game for the Wheat Kings is Saturday night and tickets to the game go back on sale Monday morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also order online at keystonecentre.com or by calling (204) 726-3555.


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