Thursday, 22 April 2010

Wheat Kings Remain Confident

The Brandon Wheat Kings face elimination for the first time in the 2010 Western Hockey League playoffs Friday night when Game #5 of the Eastern Conference Final takes place in Calgary (7:38 p.m., CKLQ).

The Wheat Kings find themselves down 3-1 in the series after back-to-back home losses, during which they outshot Calgary by a combined total of 80-44.

However, Brandon had numerous defensive zone breakdowns that resulted in Calgary goals, something they’ll need to ‘clean up’ on Friday if they hope to push the series further.

“It’s the playoffs and if you make a mistake, you know a team will capitalize on it,” says Brandon defenceman Colby Robak, “If we can minimize our mistakes in Game #5, hopefully we can do what we want to do.”

Robak might have some extra incentive Friday.

The fourth-year defenceman has had his playoffs end twice in Calgary in the last three years and wouldn’t want that hat-trick to happen this evening.

“We know we’re the better team. If you look at the shots in the last few games, we outshot them quite badly,” says Robak, “We’re all confident, we know we’re the better team. We just have to go out and show it and, hopefully, the hockey gods are in our favour these next few games.”

Brandon has reason to remain confident despite being down 3-1 in the series.

The club won Game #1 at the Saddledome, nearly took Game #2 and has won five of the last eight regular season meetings between the two teams in Calgary.

The Wheat Kings are also hoping history can repeat itself.

Brandon overcame a 3-1 deficit in a second round series with Calgary in 2005 to win the in seven games.

Chaff…D Ryley Miller has taken warmup prior to the last two games and could be close to returning to the Brandon lineup. Miller hasn’t playes since suffering a broken jaw in practice on February 25…the Wheat Kings have now drawn over 200,000 fans to Westman Communications Group Place this season. Brandon set a franchise record with a total attendance of 171,356 in the regular season and have added another 28,953 in the post-season for a total of 200,309.

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