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Wheaties Storm Back To Beat Cougars

October 30, 2008 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Prince George, B.C. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings got back on the winning track Wednesday night, coming from behind to beat the hometown Cougars 6-5 in Prince George.

17-year old center Brayden Schenn, held off the scoresheet during regulation time as well as the 5-minute sudden death overtime period, struck for the game winner in the Shootout to give the Wheat Kings a 2-1-0 record during the first three games of their 5-game west coast road trip.

Brandon closes out this B.C. excursion this weekend with games in Chilliwack on Friday and Vancouver on Saturday night.

In Wednesday night's game, Brandon spotted the Cougars a 3-0 first period lead, trailed 5-2 after forty minutes but battled back to force overtime with three unsanswered third period goals, including Darren Bestland's second of the night with less than four minutes remaining.

Del Cowan, Scott Glennie and Matt Lowry also scored for the Wheat Kings, who received a 34-save performance from second year goalkeeper Andrew Hayes. Seven of his saves came in overtime as the Cougars pressed for the game winner.

For Bestland, Wednesday's goals were the first two of his Western Hockey League career. The 18-year old Brunkild, Manitoba product had three goals and 30 points in 60 games for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League's Selkirk Steelers last season.

Dana Tyrell had two goals and an assist in a losing cause for the Cougars, who saw their losing streak reach six games. Ex-Wheat King goalkeeper Joe Caligiuri got the starting assignment for the Cougars and finished the game with 31 stops.

With Wednesday's win, the Wheat Kings improved their record to 9-5-1, good for 19 points and a fourth place tie with Regina in a very tight Eastern Division race.

Following this weekend's games Brandon will return home to face Swift Current and Medicine Hat on Friday and Saturday, November 7th and 8th. Tickets to both games are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at

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