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Duke Scores, But Brandon Loses In Memorial Cup

by Evan Sporer / Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild prospect Reid Duke scored, but the Brandon Wheat Kings lost their opening game at the Memorial Cup on Saturday, 5-3, against Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.

Duke, a sixth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, scoring 2:44 into the first period to give the Wheat Kings a 1-0 lead.

But the Huskies would score the next five goals though, and took a 5-1 lead into the third period.

Brandon outshot Rouyn-Noranda 20-4 in the third period, and scored twice, but was unable to get any closer than 5-3.

Duke, in his third season playing for the Wheat Kings, recorded 33 goals and 62 points in 68 regular season games. In 21 playoff games this season, Reid has eight goals and 24 points, including the goal he scored in Brandon's opening Memorial Cup game on Saturday.

The Wheat Kings and Duke will look to rebound on Monday when they play the London Knights (7 p.m. CT). London won its opening Memorial Cup game on Friday when it defeated the Red Deer Rebels, 6-2.

Photo via Rob Wallator

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