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Brandon Wheat Kings Game Notes

10/9/2006: Brandon @ Lethbridge Hurricanes @ Brandon 15:00

GAME NOTES: The WHEAT KINGS hope to find the win column on the road for the first time this 2006-07 Western Hockey League season this afternoon when they close out a mini 2-game road trip in LETHBRIDGE against the HURRICANES...BRANDON enters Monday's game with a record of 3-4-0 (3-1-0 at home and 0-3-0 on the road)...The WHEAT KINGS are 2-2-0 vs. Central Division clubs and 1-2-0 vs. Eastern Division rivals...BRANDON opened up the weekend road trip, losing 3-1 to the KOOTENAY ICE in Cranbrook, B.C. last night...Losers of three of their last four games, WHEATS snapped a 2-game losing streak Friday night wit h a 4-3 win over the visiting MEDICINE HAT TIGERS...Next home game is Friday night vs. REGINA...After giving up just five goals through their first three games, the WHEAT KINGS have surrendered 19 in their last four including 16 in three losses during that span...BRANDON entered the year having qualified for post-season play in thirteen of the last fourteen years... WHEAT KINGS still have 26 players on their roster - three goalkeepers, eight defencemen and 15 forwards including nine WHL rookies.

LAST GAME: JURAJ SIMEK, with his team leading fifth goal of the season, scored BRANDON'S lone goal Sunday night against the ICE...SIMEK shares the club scoring lead with defenceman DUSTIN KOHN...Both have 10 points in five games...MARK DERLAGO, who scored twice in Friday's win over the TIGERS, had the only assist on SIMEK'S goal, giving him 3 goals and 6 points in 7 games...In his second straight start, TYLER PLANTE turned aside 30-33 shots in a losing cause and has now stopped 76 of 82 shots this Thanksgiving long weekend...BRANDON was 1-6 with the man advantage and killed off eight of 10 KOOTENAY powerplays...BRANDON managed just 13 shots in Sunday night's loss.

WHO IS HOT? JURAJ SIMEK enters Monday's game riding a 5-game point scoring streak...Defenceman DUSTIN KOHN, who is among the league scoring leaders among defenceman, had his 4-game streak snapped Sunday night against the ICE...Center CODEY BURKI was held off the scoresheet for only the second time this season last night. The COLORADO AVALANCHE second round draft choice has managed a point in five of BRANDON'S first 7 games...Veteran MARK DERLAGO is 2-3-5 in his last three games...Excluding last weekend's 6-3 loss to CALGARY, netminder TYLER PLANTE has compiled a 2.22 goals against average this season.

THE NUMBERS GAME: In BRANDON'S four losses this season, the WHEAT KINGS have surrendered eleven powerplay goals...BRANDON'S powerplay currently leads the WHL at 28% (14-50)...Penalty killing, the WHEAT KINGS are 15th in the league at 80.3%....TYLER PLANTE played 55 of 60 minutes in sharing the team's lone shutout with KURT JORY on Sept. 29th vs. RED DEER.

MILESTONES: CODEY BURKI surpassed the 100-point plateau in his WHL career during Saturday's loss to the HITMEN and played in his 200th career game Sunday night in Cranbrook...Defenceman DUSTIN KOHN has moved to within 9 points of the century mark in his WHL career and 3 games away from 200...TEEGAN MOORE, who is the club's active leader in games played (269), is 10 points away from the 100-point plateau...Goalkeeper TYLER PLANTE has moved past RICK KNICKLE and RON HEXTALL and into seventh place on the club's all time list for minutes played (6,660)...17-year old MATT SMITH made his WHL debut on Wednesday night vs. RAIDERS.

DID YOU KNOW? TEEGAN MOORE and CHAD ERB remain out with shoulder injuries...Defenceman KEITH AULIE returned to the lineup Sunday after missing the past two games with an ankle injury...BRANDON was 4-1-0 vs. LETHBRIDGE in 2005-06 with TYLER DITTMER leading the club with six goals in 5 games...The deadline for fans to enter the BRANDON SUN WHL FANTASY DRAFT (www.wheatkings.com) is this coming Friday, October 13th.
 

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Bruins acquire veteran defenceman

The Chilliwack Bruins have acquired 19 year old defenceman Dylan Chapman from the Moose Jaw Warriors in exchange for forward Keith Voytechek. Chapman, 6'4, 226 lbs, from Port Coquitlam BC has spent his entire WHL career with the Warriors. The move leaves the Bruins with three goaltenders, eight defencemen and twelve forwards on their active roster.

"He brings the element of veteran experience to our blueline, something we feel our team needs", said Bruins General Manager Darrell May. "He's a big guy who skates well and he knows what it takes to win, having been through a long playoff run with the Warriors last season."

Chapman will arrive in Chilliwack late Sunday evening and is expected to make his Bruins debut Monday afternoon when the Bruins host the Vancouver Giants at Prospera Centre.

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Bruins vs Giants, Monday Ocotober 9th Prospera Centre Game time: 2pm

The Bruins enter Monday's game in 5th place in the BC Division, one point back of the Kelowna Rockets. The Bruins have played one fewer game than the Rockets. This is the second of eight meetings this season between the Giants and Bruins. In their previous match-up, the Giants registered a 7-1 win at the Pacific Coliseum September 29. The Giants are the only undefeated team in the WHL with a perfect 8-0 record.

The Bruins were shutout 2-0 Saturday night in Kamloops. Blazers goaltender Dustin Butler stopped all 25 shots he faced to earn the shutout. Butler's shutout came in his first game as a Blazer after Kamloops picked him up in a trade with Portland earlier in the week....Andrew Pinsent got the start in goal for the Bruins, but was replaced after 20 minutes by Alex Archibald...Chilliwack killed off 11 of 12 penalties and went 0/9 on the power play....The Blazers out shot the Bruins 32-25...Jim Watt (knee), Oscar Moller (shoulder) and Keith Voytechek were scratched from the Bruins lineup.

The Giants come into this afternoon's action having won their first eight games of the season. On Saturday, the defending WHL Champions posted a 3-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos. Michal Repik, Mario Bliznak, and Jonathon Blum scored for Vancouver as goaltender Tyson Sexsmith picked up the win in net. The Giants out-shot the Broncos 40-14 in a game filled with penalties. Vancouver finished the game 2-for-12 on the power play while the Broncos went 1-for-14. Last year, the Giants went 4-3-0-1 in their first eight games of the season.

Great seats are available. Call the Bruins Ticket Hotline at 604.702.0062 or follow the Ticketmaster link below to secure your tickets.

http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11003D16B6E45AAD?artistid=1053937&majorcatid=10004&minorcatid=9
 

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Ice beat Wheat Kings

The Kootenay Ice won their third game in three straight nights with a 3-1 victory over the Brandon Wheat Kings on Sunday in the Western Hockey League.

Steve DaSilva and Arnaud Jacquemet led the Ice (4-3-0-0) with a goal and an assist. Ben Maxwell extended his point streak to seven games with Kootenay's other goal.

Juraj Simek scored for Brandon (3-4-0-0), which managed only one shot in the third period.

Taylor Dakers needed to make only 12 stops to give Kootenay the win.

Tyler Plante did his best to keep Brandon in the game, making 30 saves.
 

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Calgary blanks Lethbridge

Daniel Spence made 24 saves to lead the Calgary Hitmen to a 2-0 shut-out victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes in Western Hockey League action Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first period, Keegan Dansereau and Carson McMillan tallied goals for Calgary (4-3-0-0) in the middle frame. Spence then blocked all 10 shots he faced in the third period to preserve the shutout.

For Lethbridge (4-2-1-1), netminder Justin Leclerc stopped 40 of 42 saves to see his record fall to 3-1-2.
 

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Hitmen goalie Spence takes wind out of Hurricanes' attack

Daniel Spence didn't get a chance to enjoy a turkey dinner.

That's OK with him. He savoured his goose egg even more.

The Calgary Hitmen goaltender posted his second career shutout yesterday afternoon in a 2-0 win over their Central Division-rival Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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’Canes getting comfortable with winning ways

Being a good team is one thing — believing you’re a good team is another.
Lethbridge Hurricanes have been a good hockey team through the first three weeks of the Western Hockey League season but Friday night’s 4-0 win over the Kelowna Rockets was testament to the fact this group also believes in itself.
The Rockets, winners of just one game, entered the night as one of the lowest-scoring teams in the league and were in the midst of a tough road swing. Lethbridge was waiting at home, eyeing an upcoming week that has them playing three divisional games — the perfect scenario for a letdown.
Through one period, despite the ’Canes’ 1-0 lead, the Rockets were playing with Lethbridge until the Hurricanes looked around the room and responded, doing what good teams do: enforcing their will and winning a game they should. ’Canes captain Kris Hogg said part of it is fitness and part of it was just using the speed advantage they trust.

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Warriors Wheelin' and Dealin' on the Weekend

The Moose Jaw Warriors shopping for some new talent on the weekend. The Tribe traded Dylan Chapman and a future draft pick for two new faces.

The Moose Jaw Warriors shipped third year Warrior defenseman Dylan Chapman to the Chilliwack Bruins in exchange for Bruins left winger Keith Voytechek on Sunday afternoon.

Following that, the Warriors made another move picking up 20 year old Matt Isbister of the Calgary Hitmen for a 3rd round draft pick in the 2008 Bantam Draft. Isbister joins 20 year old Warriors Jesse Zetariuk and Steven Gillen to solidify all three 20 year old positions on the team.

Voytechek will dress as a Warrior for the first time tomorrow night at the Civic Centre when the Warriors host the Prince Albert Raiders.
 

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First Tee Fundraiser Culminates at Americans Game This Wednesday

KENNEWICK, WA - The Tri-City Americans, along with Tri-Cities Motor Sales, New Northwest Broadcasters and KVEW-TV, will be hosting The Drive for 3,000,000 Pennies as part of the fundraiser to launch The First Tee chapter in the Mid-Columbia.

The event, to take place at the Americans home game this Wednesday, October 11, 2006 vs. the Seattle Thunderbirds, will be the culmination of six weeks of fundraising efforts throughout the Columbia Basin.

"100% of the money raised for our First Tee Chapter stays in our community," said New Northwest Broadcasters General Manager Don Morin. "The statistics show that kids that attend The First Tee have much stronger self-esteem and confidence...The First Tee puts emphasis on being the best person you can be."

"This organization teaches our local youth the nine core values of life through the game of golf," said Washington Capitals' goaltender and Americans ownership partner, Olaf Kolzig. "The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship."

As part of the fundraiser, the Tri-City Americans are making a special ticket offer for all fans coming to the game. For this game only, fans can purchase adult tickets for only $12.00 (a 27% savings over regular walk-up prices). For every ticket purchased, the Americans will donate $5.50 each to the First Tee fundraising efforts.

There will be live radio remotes at the Toyota Center on Wednesday, October 11, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, featuring Eagle 106.5 and Thunder Country 94.9. Fans can visit the live remotes and the Americans ticket booth to purchase tickets to the game. (see below)

Tickets sales schedule:

Monday, October 9 - Tuesday, October 10, 2006

WHERE: New Northwest Broadcasters Office, 830 N. Columbia Center Blvd, Suite B-2

TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

WHERE: Toyota Center, 7000 W. Grandridge Blvd

TIME: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

As well, fans at the game will also be able to purchase "Colton Yellow Horn on a Stick" placards, available for only $1.00. All proceeds will benefit The First Tee.

About The First Tee:

The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation. The focus is to give young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. The mission of The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character-development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.

The program is overseen and has the active support of a committee comprised of members representing the Ladies Professional Golf Association, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, United States Golf Association and the Augusta National Golf Club. In addition, former President George Bush serves as Honorary Chairman.

The First Tee Life Skills Experience was formulated with the help of academic, coaching and golf experts. Although there are many sports that teach valuable lessons, The First Tee is unique in that it proactively teaches these lessons for life as part of the basic instruction program. A child cannot participate in The First Tee and opt out of the life skills instruction and learning because these lessons are seamlessly integrated into the physical instruction.

The First Tee's business objectives for its Phase III of development over the next five years (2006-2010) are:

Introduce golf and The First Tee Nine Core Values to 3.5 million young people

Deliver a consistent Life Skills Experience at each facility

Grow The First Tee National School Program to 140 communities across the country

Establish a Chapter in the 50 United States and have operations in 90% of the top 100 markets
 

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Chiefs have four games this week

The Chiefs will begin their busiest week of the season to this point on Tuesday when the Portland Winter Hawks visit for the first time this year. The Chiefs will play three games in as many nights this weekend, including a date with the Everett Silvertips on Friday, October 13th in the Spokane Arena. The game will be the second in as many Fridays with the two and a rematch of last week's shootout win for Spokane in Everett. The Chiefs will then travel to Kelowna on Saturday and Seattle on Sunday.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH vs. PORTLAND WINTER HAWKS
AIR-6:30 GAME-7:00
The Winter Hawks will visit Spokane for the first time this year. The Chiefs and Portland will face off a total of eight times this season, four in each other's building. Spokane will host Portland on Wednesday, November 1st and then travel to the Rose City on Tuesday, November 7th in their first match-up on the road. Last year, in nine games, Derek Ryan scored three goals and 12 points while Adam Hobson had four goals and seven points. Spokane outshot Portland in six of nine games.

The Chiefs are proud to be teaming up with Project Share to help local families stay warm during the winter months. The Chiefs will donate $1 from every walk-up ticket purchased to Project Share. So come out and watch your favorite local team and help support a great local charity! As you know, every Project Share donation is sent to Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs to provide one-time emergency assistance to families in need.

- Supercuts FastKart Races (1st Intermission)
- Z107 Rolling Stones Promotion (2nd Intermission)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH vs. EVERETT SILVERTIPS
AIR-6:30 GAME-7:00
The Chiefs will celebrate Boomer's Birthday when they take on the Silvertips for the second time in a week and for the first time in Spokane. The Chiefs earned a 2-1 shootout victory on October 6th in Everett. Dustin Tokarski stopped 19 shots and two of three in the shootout for his first career victory in his first career start. Dan Mercer scored Spokane's lone goal. The Chiefs will travel to Everett on October 25th for their next meeting. The Silvertips will not be back in Spokane until December 13th.

Area mascots will be in attendance and help Boomer ring in another year. Also, for the only time this season the Kids will be running the show at the Arena! From the PA announcer to the Goal Gong operator, from the National Anthem singers to the Radio broadcaster, several lucky young fans will have a chance to help run the "show" on Kids Night with the Chiefs.

- Mascot Broom Ball featuring BOOMER & OTTO the Mascot (1st Intermission)
- Columbia Paint & Coatings Trivia Challenge (1st Intermission)
- Gus Johnson Ford Human Hamster Balls (2nd Intermission)
- Red Robin Dance for Your Dinner (2nd Intermission)
- Boomer, the Chiefs Mascot, presented by ZAK! DESIGNS


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14TH at KELOWNA ROCKETS
AIR-6:30 GAME-7:00
Spokane will travel to Kelowna for the first of five meetings on the year with the Rockets. Kelowna will make the trip to Spokane on Friday, November 3rd, Saturday, November 25th and Tuesday, December 5th, the final game of the season series. Spokane will travel again to Kelowna on Wednesday, November 8th.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH at SEATTLE THUNDERBIRDS
AIR-4:30 GAME-5:00
Spokane will take on the Seattle Thunderbirds for the first time this season, the last US Division opponent the Chiefs have yet to face. Spokane finished last year's season series at 3-2-2-1 with one of the wins in a shootout. Four of the eight games went into overtime. Spokane was 38-44 (86.4%) on the penalty kill. Derek Ryan led all Chiefs scorers with four goals and eight points. All five of Adam Hobson's points were goals. Both teams averaged 32.4 shots on goal. Seattle will visit Spokane on October 27th.
 

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Monday's WHL Roundup

Mark Derlago and Cody Burki joined forces Monday to lead the Brandon Wheat Kings to a stunning third-period comeback.

Derlago and Burki each scored twice as the Wheat Kings stormed back from four goals down to upend the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6-5 in a wild Western Hockey League matinee.

Burki's second goal with just under six minutes left in the third period stood as the game winner for Brandon (4-4-0-0), which earned its first road victory of the season. Derlago followed with his second of the game 44 seconds later to cap a five-goal third period for the Wheat Kings.

Andrew Clark had a goal and three assists while Juraj Simek added a single for Brandon.

In other WHL action Monday, it was: Vancouver 5, Chilliwack 4; Kamloops 5, Swift Current 2; and Regina 2, Prince Albert 0.

At Lethbridge, Alta., Mitch Fadden and Ben Wright had a goal and an assist apiece as Lethbridge (4-3-1-1) broke out to a 4-0 lead - on the strength of three power-play goals - just 7:55 into the game. The Hurricanes finished with 21 first-period shots, but managed just 13 the rest of the way as they dropped their second straight.

Jesse Craige, Yashar Farmanara and Tomas Kudelka added singles for Lethbridge.

Tyler Plante earned the victory with a 29-save effort for the Wheat Kings.

Sam Huston made 22 saves in a losing cause for the Hurricanes.

Giants 5, Bruins 4

At Chilliwack, B.C., Mitch Czibere broke a 4-4 tie with 1:12 remaining to lead Vancouver past the Bruins.

Michal Repik, Jason Reese, Milan Lucic and J.D. Watt also scored for the Giants (9-0-0-0).

Ken Petkau and Mark Santorelli, with two each, responded for Chilliwack (1-7-0-0).

Blazers 5, Broncos 2

At Kamloops, B.C., Dustin Butler stopped 15 shots in the Blazers' victory over Swift Current.

Juuso Puustinen, with two, Brady Mason, Reid Jorgensen and Brock Nixon scored for Kamloops (3-2-1-1).

Jeremy Schenderling and Philip Gervais replied for the Broncos (4-4-0-0).

Pats 2, Raiders 0

At Regina, Linden Rowat made 20 saves for the shutout as the Pats downed Prince Albert.

Nick Ross and Jordan Eberle scored for Regina (4-3-0-0).

Jesse Deckert made 27 saves for the Raiders (3-3-1-0).
 

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Spence takes wind out of Hurricanes' attack

Daniel Spence didn't get a chance to enjoy a turkey dinner.

That's OK with him. He savoured his goose egg even more.

The Calgary Hitmen goaltender posted his second career shutout yesterday afternoon in a 2-0 win over their Central Division-rival Lethbridge Hurricanes.

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