Friday, 12 March 2010

Wheat Kings Looking to Clinch Top Spot

The Brandon Wheat Kings close out the Western Hockey League's regular season with a home-and-home series with the Oats starting Friday night in Regina (6:30 p.m., CKLQ).

Brandon has a chance to clinch the East Division pennant with a victory -- an accomplishment that was a little harder to picture when the club was around the .500 mark in late October.

"I think everybody needed realize that everything wasn't going to come easy and that everyone was out to get our team because we are Memorial Cup hosts," says Brandon right-winger Scott Glennie, "Everybody realized we needed to work hard, battle for our chances and come to the rink ready to play." Once that happened, the ball started rolling."

The Wheat Kings have gone 42-12-1-2 since opening the season with a .500 record through their first 13 games and have really taken off since late January, going 18-2-1-0 in their last 21 games.

An East Division pennant would be Brandon's fifth in the last nine years but the club is also looking forward to the playoffs, which begin next Friday.

"We just have to keep working hard and not into any bad habits," says Brandon defenceman Brodie Melnychuk, who will play his 200th career game on Friday, "Regina's always an easy team to hate so we'll be ready for the games and we'd like to close out the season strong."

Brandon has won six straight games heading into Friday's contest and have won 12 of their last 15 meetings with Regina including five of six this season.

The Wheat Kings, who are three points ahead of second-place Saskatoon in the East Division, close out their regular season Saturday night when they host the Pats.

Chaff...Brandon co-captain Brayden Schenn takes a six-game goal-scoring streak into Friday's contest, tied for the third-longest in the WHL this season...: Brandon has scored a league-high 309 goals this season and are the only WHL team to surpass the 300-goal and just the fifth team to turn the trick in the last 10 years. The Wheat Kings hadn't scored 300 or more goals since the 1997-98 season…Brandon has reached the 100-point plateau for the second straight season, just the second-time that's happened in the franchise's history. The Wheat Kings had three straight 100+ point seasons from 1976-1979

1 comment:

Ernie said...

Wheaties are playing darn good hockey now, good for them! They have the ability to dominate any team in the league if they want to.

I can't believe they've moved down in the CHL rankings though.. Who picks that stuff? Must be some people from Ontario and Quebec..