Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Wheat Kings/Blades Notes

Brandon Wheat Kings (50-18-1-3 regular season, 4-0 in playoffs)
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Saskatoon Blades (46-19-3-4 regular season, 4-0 in playoffs)

(Game #1 of Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Semifinal)
Friday, April 2, 2010 - 8:05 p.m., Credit Union Centre

Brandon Game Notes: The Brandon Wheat Kings and Saskatoon Blades open their Eastern Conference Semifinal series Friday night (7:35 p.m., CKLQ). The two East Division rivals are facing off in the post-season for the first time since 2002 and the eighth time in WHL history. In 2002, Brandon took the Eastern Conference Quarter-Final in seven games. The other six times the teams have played are as follows:
1996 – Brandon def Saskatoon 4-0 (First Round)
1994 – Saskatoon def Brandon 4-1 (East Division Final)
1979 – Brandon def Saskatoon 4-0 (East Division Final)
1975 – Saskatoon def Brandon 4-1 (First Round)
1973 – Saskatoon def Brandon 4-2 (First Round)
1972 – Brandon def Saskatoon 4-3, with 1 tie (First Round)

2010 Series Schedule:
Friday, April 2 - Brandon at Saskatoon, 8:05 p.m. (CDT)
Saturday, April 3 - Brandon at Saskatoon, 8:05 p.m. (CDT)
Wednesday, April 7 - Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:00 p.m. (CDT)
Friday, April 9 - Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m. (CDT)
*Saturday, April 10 - Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:30 p.m. (CDT)
*Monday, April 12 - Brandon at Saskatoon, 8:05 p.m. (CDT)
*Wednesday, April 14 - Saskatoon at Brandon, 7:00 p.m. (CDT)

* - if necessary.

Vs. Saskatoon: Brandon won five of eight regular season meetings between the Wheat Kings and Blades this season. Brayden Schenn had 14 points (3 G, 11 A) and Matt Calvert 12 points (10 G, 2 A) in the eight games versus Saskatoon while G Jacob De Serres was 3-1-1 with a 2.92 GAA and .904 SPCT in five appearances against the Blades.
2009-2010 Regular Season Meetings:
(5-2-1-0 35 GF, 25 GA Brd PP: 9-36 (25.0%) Brd PK: 20-28 (71.4%))
Mar. 3 – Saskatoon 3 at Brandon 5 – Wiebe 1-2-3; Walker w/GWG 8:00 into 3rd period.
Feb.20 – Brandon 4 at Saskatoon 6 – Robak, Schenn – 1-1-2 each.
Feb. 6 – Brandon 3 at Saskatoon 4 (OT) – Patterson had OT winner.
Jan.23 – Brandon 5 at Saskatoon 2 – WKs scored three unanswered in third period.
Dec. 9 – Brandon 5 at Saskatoon 4 (OT) – Calvert 3 Goals; Schenn OT Winner
Dec. 2 – Saskatoon 2 at Brandon 7 – Calvert 2 goals; Fehr, Lewadniuk 1-2-3 each.
Nov.13 – Saskatoon 4 at Brandon 3 – Calvert 1-1-2
Oct. 3 – Saskatoon 0 at Brandon 3 – Hayes 25 Saves. Robak 1-2-3.

Roster: Brandon’s roster includes 23 players (2 goaltenders, 7 defensemen and 14 forwards) on their roster. The club’s roster including 13 players from Manitoba, five from Alberta, three from Saskatchewan and two imports.

Drafted Players: F Brayden Schenn (Los Angeles, 1st Round, 5th overall in 2009, SIGNED); F Scott Glennie (Dallas, 1st Round, 8th overall in 2009); F Toni Rajala (Edmonton, 4th Round, 101st overall in 2009, SIGNED); D Alexander Urbom (New Jersey, 3rd Round, 73rd overall in 2009, SIGNED); D Colby Robak (Florida, 2nd Round, 46th overall in 2008); F Matt Calvert (Columbus, 5th round, 127th overall in 2008, SIGNED); G Jacob De Serres (Philadelphia, 3rd Round, 84th overall in 2008); Brent Raedeke (Detroit, signed as free agent in September of 2008); Travis Hamonic (NY Islanders, 2nd Round, 58th overall in 2008)

Special Teams: Brandon’s power play was 5-for-16 (31.3%) in their first round series with Swift Current, ranking them fourth in the WHL playoffs. During the regular season, Brandon ranked ninth in the WHL with a 21.9% success rate. On the penalty kill, Brandon is 13-for-14 (92.9%) against the Broncos and are now after being 82-for-97 (84.5%) in their last 27 games overall. In the regular season, Brandon was 17th in the WHL with a 76.8% success rate scored a league-leading 18 shorthanded goals. They have scored two more shorthanded goals in the playoffs.

Stats’n’That (Regular Season): Brayden Schenn and Matt Calvert finished in a tie for fourth in the WHL in points (99). Schenn finished fourth in the WHL in assists (65), was tied for third in the WHL in first goals (9) and tied for second in insurance goals (7)…Calvert was tied for third in goals (47), led the league in shorthanded goals (9), tied for second in game-winning goals (10) and was second in plus/minus (+47)…D Colby Robak was the first Wheat King to lead the WHL in plus/minus since 1996-97, finishing with a +56 rating. Robak was third in defenceman scoring with 66 points and second in assists by a defenceman with 50…D Brodie Melnychuk was third in the WHL with a +46 rating…D Alexander Urbom tied for fourth in the WHL with a +45 rating…F Aaron Lewadniuk led the Wheat Kings and tied for 13th in the WHL with 14 power-play goals, led the WHL in insurance goals this season with nine and was sixth in plus/minus at +43…Toni Rajala was fourth in the WHL in rookie goals (26) and sixth in rookie points (63).

All-Stars/Awards: Six members of the Brandon Wheat Kings have been recognized by the WHL for their outstanding 2009-10 regular seasons. Brayden Schenn was named a first-team Eastern Conference All-Star while Matt Calvert, Colby Robak and Travis Hamonic were second-team all-stars. Kelly McCrimmon is the Eastern Conference nominee for Executive of the Year while Brandon marketing director Rick Dillabough is up for the WHL's marketing and public relations award.

Milestones: Alexander Urbom scored the game-winning goals in Game #3 and #4 against Swift Current, his first two WHL playoff goals…D Travis Hamonic notched his first two WHL playoff games in the first round while F Toni Rajala, D Mark Schneider and D Darren Bestland all picked up their first career playoff points in round one...Rajala, Urbom, Michael Ferland, Paul Ciarelli and Brenden Walker have all made their WHL playoff debuts this year…Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon has 40 career playoff coaching victories, good for second-place on the club’s all-time list.

Who’s Hot: F Brayden Schenn has goals in 11 of the last 12 games (13 G, 13 A)…F Matt Calvert has points in 11 straight games (11 G, 15 A)…D Colby Robak has 13 points (2 G, 11 A) in the last 11 games…F Aaron Lewadniuk had 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in the last 10 games…F Scott Glennie has 21 points (7 G, 15 A) in the last 12 games…F Jay Fehr has 16 points (3 G, 13 A) in the last 12 games…G Jacob De Serres is 20-2-1 with a 2.31 GAA and .913 SPCT in 23 appearances since January 1st.

Did You Know: F Jordan Hale will miss the first two games of the series as he completes a three-game suspension he received from the WHL for a charging major he incurred in Game #3 versus Swift Current…Brandon was 22-12-1-1 on the road in the regular season and are 2-0 in the playoffs…the Wheat Kings have 306 games of playoff experience with F Jay Fehr leading the way with 33 career games and D Colby Robak second with 23. The duo are the only fourth-year Wheat Kings on this year’s club…Other career playoff leaders for the Wheat Kings including Brayden Schenn in goals (15) and points (30) while Fehr leads the team in career playoff assists (21)…Brandon’s East Division pennant was their fifth in the last nine years…this season was just the fourth time in franchise history that the Wheat Kings reached the 50-win mark. The other times were 1976-77, 1978-79 and 1995-96…Brandon scored a league-high 321 goals this season, the only WHL team to surpass the 300-goal this year and just the fifth team to turn the trick in the last 10 years…Brandon 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…Brandon established a single-season attendance record of 171,356 this season (4,760 per game). They have attracted 7,522 (3,761 per game) through two post-season home games.

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