Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Wheat Kings/Blades Notes

Saskatoon Blades (46-19-3-4 regular season, 4-2 in playoffs)
Brandon Wheat Kings (50-18-1-3 regular season, 6-0 in playoffs)

(Brandon leads Best-of-Seven Eastern Conference Semifinal 2-0)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - 7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place

Brandon Game Notes: The Brandon Wheat Kings play on home ice for the first time since March 20th Wednesday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades in Game #3 of their Eastern Conference Semifinal (6:30 p.m., CKLQ). Brandon leads the Best-of-Seven 2-0 after 6-5 and 4-1 victories in the first two games in Saskatoon on Friday and Saturday. Brent Raedeke scored the game-winning goal in each of the contests at Credit Union Centre.

Series Schedule:
(2-0 10 GF, 6 GA Brd PP: 3-12 (25.0%) Brd PK: 8-11 (72.7%)
Friday, April 2 - Brandon 6 at Saskatoon 5 – Ferland had 3 G’s, 1 A; Raedeke with GWG
Saturday, April 3 - Brandon 4 at Saskatoon 1 – Raedeke had 2 G’s; Hayes made 30 saves
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.

Playoff History: This spring is the first time since 2002 that Brandon and Saskatoon have met in the WHL post-season. 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)

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 25 players (3 goaltenders, 8 defensemen and 14 forwards) on their roster. The club added 16-year old G Liam Liston and 16-year old Jordan Fransoo to the roster prior to the second round. Brandon’s roster including 13 players from Manitoba, six from Alberta, four 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 is 8-for-28 (28.6%) in the post-season, ranking them seventh 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 21-for-25 (84.0%) in the playoffs, putting them fourth in the WHL. 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.

Who’s Hot: F Brayden Schenn has points in all six playoff games (6 G, 5 A) and points in 13 of the last 14 games the Wheat Kings have played…F Matt Calvert has points in 12 of the last 13 games (12 G, 15 A)…D Colby Robak has 15 points (2 G, 13 A) in the last 13 games…F Brent Raedeke has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) in the last 12 games…D Alexander Urbom is on a four-game point streak (2 G, 3 A)…D Travis Hamonic has four points (2 G, 2 A) is the last five games.

Stats’n’That: Brayden Schenn is tied for sixth in playoff goals (6) and tied for seventh in playoff scoring with 11 points…Schenn is also tied for fifth in the WHL with three power-play goals in the post-season…Brent Raedeke and Alexander Urbom are part of a six-way tie for top spot in the WHL with two game-winning goals in the playoffs…Colby Robak is tied for third in defenseman scoring with eight points and tied for the league-league in defenseman assists with eight.

Milestones: Brayden Schenn is the Wheat Kings’ active leader in goals (16) and points (32) in the playoffs…Michael Ferland and Brenden Walker both scored their first career WHL playoff goals in Game #1 of this series…F Toni Rajala notched his first career WHL playoff goal in Game #2….16-year old call up Jordan Fransoo made his WHL debut in Game #1 of the series while Brandon rookie Jesse Sinatynski made his WHL playoff debut in Game #2.

Did You Know: F Jay Fehr will sit the second game of a three-game suspension tonight…F Jordan Hale is eligible to return to the Wheat Kings' lineup tonight after completing his three-game suspension...Brandon had the best home-ice record in the WHL during the regular season (28-6-0-2) and are 2-0 at home so far in the playoffs…the Wheat Kings have scored first in five of their six playoff games after notching the first goal 47 times in 72 regular season contests…this series features 11 of the top 13 players in plus/minus during the regular season…in the regular season, Brandon was shorthanded fewest number of times (3.8 times per game) in the WHL for third straight year…the Wheat Kings attracted a team record 171,356 fans to Westman Communications Group Place during the regular season.

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