Thistles To Play Wild In Winnipeg

The U18 ‘AAA’ Kenora Thistles head out on the road this week for a mid-week matchup with the Winnipeg Wild.

Winnipeg comes into the game with a record of 1-2-2-0, and on the heels of a 4-3 loss to the Winnipeg Bruins.

The Wild have a very new and young team in 2023/2024 after winning the 2022/2023 Manitoba U18 ‘AAA’ Hockey League championship. Only five players on this years’ version of the Wild were on that championship team; Seth Clements, Gio Cotroneo, Carter Bilous, Jonah Vanderhorst and Jacob Armstrong. There is one other player on the roster who played in the league last year in Beckham Garchinski, though he spent 2022/2023 with the Interlake Lightning.

The team leadership group is headed by Bilous as captain, with Clements and Branden Watson service as alternate captains.

Cotroneo and Clements are tied with Cole Babych for the team lead in scoring so far this season with four points. Cotroneo leads the team with three goals, while Clements, Bilous and Wyatt Dyck are tied with three assists.

The roster features eight WHL draft picks, the highest being Carter Kingerski. The 15-year-old forward was taken in the second round (pick 35) by the Tri-City Americans in the 2023 WHL draft after posting 107 points (54 goals, 53 assists) in 34 games with the Winnipeg Wild U15 team.

The WIld took the 2022/2023 season series over the Thistles three games to one. Clements had two points (one goal, one assist) in those four games, while Cotroneo had two assists in two games against Kenora. In net, Armstrong picked up a pair of wins. Garchinski played in four games for the Lightning against the Thistles, scoring one goal and collecting two penalty minutes.

On the other side of the Wild-Thistles matchup, three of the four returning Kenora players put up points. Carter Peters led the way with two points (one goal, one assist) in four games.

The Thistles are coming off a tough 9-1 loss to the EastMan Selects that saw Moran Blackwood make 50 saves.

The game will take place at the Hockey For All Centre in Winnipeg on Wedensday, October 25th. Puckdrop is set for 7:15pm CST. If you cannot make it in person for the game, it will be broadcast live on FloHockey.