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Reid Duke's GWG Lifts Wheat Kings Into Playoffs

The Golden Knights signing and Brandon will meet the Medicine Hat Tigers.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It was just the next big moment for Reid Duke.

A week after signing as the first player in Golden Knights history, Duke delivered a decisive marker for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday against the Moose Jaw Warriors.

With the teams deadlocked 1-1 in the second period, Duke scored the deciding goal to clinch a Western Hockey League playoff berth for his team.

As can be seen below, Duke (left) used teammate Nolan Patrick - the top ranked prospect in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft - as a decoy before depositing his team-best 37th goal past goalie Brody Willms to secure a wild-card spot for the Wheat Kings.

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The Wheat Kings went on to defeat the Warriors 3-1, with Duke's game-winning goal guaranteeing Brandon a first-round meeting with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

 

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The Central Division-winning Tigers currently have a record of 49-20-1-0 (99 points), and will begin their series with Duke's Wheat Kings (31-29-7-3) in Medicine Hat (Alberta) next Friday (schedule below).

The WHL playoff format consists of four best-of-7 playoff rounds, with the league champion moving on to the Memorial Cup.

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The Memorial Cup, the championship series of Canadian major junior hockey, will be held from May 19-28 in Windsor, Ont. It will feature the CHL's three league champions - WHL, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League - as well as the host club (Windsor Spitfires), which was decided before the 2016-17 season started.

Duke and the Wheat Kings won the WHL championship last season, before falling in the Memorial Cup, and reached the WHL Final in 2014-15.

 

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Brandon

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Medicine Hat

Friday, March 24

7:30

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Brandon

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Medicine Hat

Saturday, March 25

7:30

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Medicine Hat

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Brandon (Dauphin)

Tuesday, March 28

7:30

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Medicine Hat

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Brandon (Dauphin)

Wednesday, March 29

7:30

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Brandon

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Medicine Hat

Friday, March 31

7:30

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Medicine Hat

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Brandon (Dauphin)

Sunday, April 2

TBD

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Brandon

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Medicine Hat

Tuesday, April 4

7:00

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