Wheat Kings' Offense Rolls from Start to Finish in Moose Jaw

September 24, 2023 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Though the Wheat Kings wanted to tighten up defensively after opening night, they liked the offense they brought against the Regina Pats. The next night in Moose Jaw, they brought it again against the Warriors.

Seven different Wheat Kings scored and Ethan Eskit stopped 23 of 27 as the Wheat Kings hammered the Warriors 9-4. Evan Groening, Rylen Roersma, Carter Klippenstein, Nolan Flamand, Caleb Hadland, Roger McQueen, and Dominik Petr all scored.

"It was a really good road game," said head coach and GM Marty Murray. "The scoring was really spread out, it was good to see a lot of guys getting involved. For the most part, we did a really good job caring for the puck with relatively strong defense."

Groening started the goal-scoring parade, getting a pass from below the goal line by Anthony Wilson and snapping home his first of the season between the hash marks. Just over two minutes later, after Hadland fought his way through four Warriors, Roersma took the handoff from him and sped his way around the net, beating Jackson Unger on the wraparound.

Moose Jaw got some life back into the building when Lynden Lakovic drove the net and snuck one under Eskit, but that life didn't last long. First, Klippenstein tipped home a point shot by Luke Shipley. Then, with only .4 seconds left in the first, Flamand knocked home the rebound of a point shot by Charlie Elick.

The Wheat Kings never let off the gas pedal, and the Warriors never quite recovered. Just 45 seconds into the second, Hadland banged home a goal from the mouth of the crease after a clever feed from Jayden Wiens. Later, off the rush, Petr extended his goal streak, snapping one top-corner off the rush.

Into the third period, the Wheat Kings still showed no signs of slowing down. McQueen finished off a passing play to put them up 7-1, and Flamand and Roersma added their second of the night each to continue to stack the score. Moose Jaw added three goals of their own in the third, with two of them coming when the score was already 9-2, to round out the scoring.

With the win, the Wheat Kings improve to 1-0-1 on the season and take three of a possible four points on opening weekend, scoring 15 goals in two games in the process. They'll look to keep the momentum going at home on Wednesday, September 27 against the Prince Albert Raiders. Puck drop is 7:00.

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