Monday, 22 March 2010

Regina Suits Raedeke Just Fine

The Brandon Wheat Kings continue their first round playoff series Tuesday night when they take on the Swift Current Broncos in Regina.

The Broncos are playing their home games at the Brandt Centre because the World Women’s Curling Championship is taking place at the Credit Union I-Plex in Speedy Creek.

The venue change suits at least one member of the Wheat Kings just fine.

Centre Brent Raedeke is the lone Regina product on Brandon and one of just three Saskatchewan products on the Wheat Kings.

“It’s going to be nice to go home and see my family again, at least for two more games, so that’s always bonus,” says Raedeke, who has a goal and three points in the first two games of the series, “It’s a nice rink too, I like playing there and I think most of the other guys do to so I think it’s to our advantage.”

Brandon has had good success at the Brandt Centre in recent years, going 4-1-0-0 in 2009-2010 (including the pre-season) and being winners in nine of their last ten trips into the building.
The Wheat Kings have a 2-0 lead in the Best-of-Seven series and the club’s game plan is unlikely to change even if the venue is changing.

“I think we just need to shut down their top two guys and their power-play,” says Raedeke, “Most of their offense comes off of special teams so staying disciplined, staying out of the box and doing the little things right.”

Raedeke was an eighth round pick of his hometown Pats in the 2005 WHL Bantam Draft but never played a game for Regina.

He was traded to Edmonton in 2007 in lieu of an expansion draft pick by the Oil King.

Chaff…D Brodie Melnychuk (Balgonie) and F Brayden Schenn (Saskatoon) are the only other Saskatchewan products on the Wheat Kings… This isn’t the first time Brandon has played a neutral site playoff game in Regina. The Wheat Kings were the home team when they played Game #5 of their 1999 first round series with Red Deer at the Brandt Centre. Attendance that night was 1,510.

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