The Brandon Midget ‘AAA’ Wheat Kings opened their campaign for a berth in Canada’s Midget ‘AAA’ Championship Tournament with a 4-2 loss.
The Wheat Kings are representing Manitoba at the 2019 TELUS Cup West Regionals in Tisdale, Sask this weekend. On Thursday afternoon, they faced the defending West Region champion and 2019 Saskatchewan Midget ‘AAA’ Hockey League champion Notre Dame Hounds in Game 1 of the tournament.
Brandon hit the scoreboard first with a powerplay goal scored by Rylan Thiessen at 11:29 of the opening period. He was assisted by Calder Anderson and Troy Hamilton.
The score remained that way until part way through the second frame, when Notre Dame’s Jake Dale tied the game at one on the powerplay. Assists went to Keaton Sorenson and Will Levigne. Sorenson followed that goal with one of his own to give the Hounds the lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Although the Wheat Kings had a 10-8 edge in shots following the opening period, Notre Dame dominated Brandon’s zone in the second, putting another 18 shots on the board while allowing only three.
Notre Dame continued to charge early in the final period, with Dale scoring his second of the game to put his team up, 3-1.
The Wheat Kings had a late opportunity to get back in the game with the man-advantage, but Notre Dame’s Cam Recchi scored a shorthanded marker to stretch the gap. With 1:29 remaining, Anderson pulled Brandon within two again, assisted by Colin Cook and Cole Jordan, but the Hounds simply hemmed the Wheat Kings deep in their defending zone through the last minute of play for the win.
The host Tisdale Trojans and the Thunder Bay Kings of Northern Ontario are also competing in the 2019 TELUS Cup West Regionals. Tisdale defeated Thunder Bay 3-1 in the opening day's other contest Thursday evening.
The Wheat Kings are back on the ice Friday at 4 p.m. versus Thunder Bay.