Friday, 19 March 2010

Wiebe Excited for first Brandon Playoff

The Brandon Wheat Kings open their 2010 post-season Friday night by hosting the Swift Current Broncos.

It'll be the first playoffs with the Wheat Kings for former Kamloops Blazer Shayne Wiebe, whom Brandon acquired in a trade in December.

"It's a different feeling coming in with such a wining record and there in the Conference and the League," says the 19-year old Wiebe, "It's a lot more exciting coming into playoffs with a team that feels like they're going to win."

Wiebe has filled a little different role with the Wheat Kings than in his 2 1/2 seasons with Kamloops, where he was counted on to be more of a scorer.

The Brandon product is playing a line with Brent Raedeke and Mark Stone that could be described as the Wheat Kings' checking line.

"It's kind of nice knowing that you're not being solely relied on for scoring. It's nice to know you have other guys there to do that," says Wiebe, who won a Manitoba AAA Midget title with teammates Matt Calvert and Mark Schneider in 2007, "I've never really been the big scorer on any team so it's nice to know you can rely on other people too and that it's not all on your shoulders."

The Wheat Kings are near 100 percent health heading into the playoffs with defenceman Ryley Miller the only player still on the injury list.

Miller is likely out at least another two weeks with a broken jaw.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings won four of six meetings with the Broncos during the regular season but the clubs have only met once in 2010, a 3-0 Brandon victory on February 12th...Scott Glennie (3 G, 3 A), Aaron Lewadniuk (2 G, 4 A) and Brayden Schenn (1 G, 5 A) all had six points apiece to lead Brandon in scoring versus the Broncos. Andrew Hayes went 3-2 with a 2.42 GAA and .920 SPCT in five starts while Jacob De Serres was 1-0 with a 2.00 GAA and .931 SPCT in his only start against Swift Current.

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