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The Brandon Wheat Kings got back on the winning track Saturday night and spoiled the Regina Pats' 2009 Home Opener in the process.

Andrew Hayes stopped 25 shots in backstopping the Wheat Kings to a 3-0 victory and a split in their 2-game season opening weekend road trip, before over 4,200 fans at the Brandt Centre.

After giving up six goals in Friday's season opener in Prince Albert, the 19-year old Sherwood Park, Alberta product was excellent in Regina, especially in the opening period when the Wheat Kings were nursing a 1-0 lead.

Saturday's shutout was Hayes' seventh of his Western Hockey League career, moving him into a tie with Byron Penstock for fourth place on the club's all time list. Tyler Plante is the club's all time leader with 12.

Veteran defenceman Mark Schneider opened the scoring at the 35 second mark of the opening period and then set up Del Cowan on a third period 2-on-1 goal. Paul Ciarelli also scored for the Wheat Kings, who had veteran blueliner Colby Robak back in the lineup.

Robak flew from Edmonton to Regina on Saturday after being assigned to the Wheat Kings by the National Hockey League's Florida Panthers.

Robak may be back but five Wheat Kings remain at NHL Camps including former first round picks Brayden Schenn (Los Angeles) and Scott Glennie (Dallas). The others are Matt Calvert (Columbus) and Europeans Alexander Urbom (New Jersey) and injured right-winger Toni Rajala (Edmonton).

The Wheat Kings are now off until Friday night when they play host to the Swift Current Broncos in their 2009 Home Opener at Westman Place. Tickets to the game, which is a presentation of the Brandon Sun and Coca Cola Bottling, are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office (Pioneer Lounge), online at or by calling 726-3555.

Fans are encouraged to come early for Montana's pre-game Tailgate Party, which will start at 5:30 p.m. in the Keystone Centre's South Parking Lot. Proceeds from the event will go to the CIBC Run for the Cure Campaign. Doors to the arena will open at 6:30, with the pre-game unveiling of the new state of the art video scoreclock scheduled for 7:20 p.m.
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