Thursday, 20 May 2010

Memorial Cup Notebook

The Brandon Wheat Kings are out of chances.

The club faces Calgary in Friday's semifinal at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup semifinal, knowing that, for the first time this year, they need to win to prolong their season.

"I don't think we've ever felt that we've had the luxury of more chances," says Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "I think we've played to win every step of the way."

The Wheat Kings have lost five straight to Calgary, largely due to their inability to consistently find a way to beat Hitmen netminder Martin Jones.

One would expect to see Brandon put a lot more traffic in front of the WHL Goaltender of the Year on Friday.

"Put pucks on net, get traffic, just like any other goaltender," says Brandon co-captain Brayden Schenn, "(Wednesday), we had shots but I don't think we had enough traffic and that didn't result in goals for us so that's going to be key on Friday."

Scott Glennie missed practice Thursday with a lower-body injury and his status for Friday's semifinal is uncertain.
It appears the Calgary Hitmen will have a little extra firepower in their lineup for Friday's Memorial Cup semifinal.

WHL scoring champion Brandon Kozun practiced with the club Thursday and looked ready to return to the HItmen lineup after missing the last two games with a right ankle sprain.

"It felt really good, actually," said Kozun, "Not much I can't do right now. It's nice to get back on the ice, and I felt really comfortable out there."

Calgary co-captain Ian Schultz did not practice Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game late in the third period with what appeared to be an injured right arm but he is expected to be okay for Friday's contest.
The Windsor Spitfires spent part of their day Thursday visiting Riverheights School in Brandon.

Taylor Hall and the rest of the Spitfires signed some autographs and talked to the Grade Five and Six class that did the Windsor display for the CHL School Exhibit in the Memorial Cup Village.

"I'm a hockey fan myself and it was great for me, as an adult, to meet him," says Riverheights principal John Minshull, "There was a bit of a buzz in the school this morning when they heard he was coming."

The Spitfires' and displays on the other 59 teams in the Canadian Hockey League are located in the Brandon Curling Club.
Brad McCrimmon was a popular man as he watched the Brandon Wheat Kings practice at the Optimist Arena on Thursday.

The former Wheat Kings' defenceman and current assistant Coach with the NHL's Detroit Red Wings was interviewed by least three media outlets during the practice, and the former NHLer was gracious to all.

McCrimmon, who won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Calgary Flames, will be dropping the ceremonial opening faceoff before Friday's semifinal game and will join us in the CKLQ Broadcast Booth during our second intermission show.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's time to quit talking about this and that and actually putting all that talk on the ice. The tournament hasn't been very impressive for the WKings, but for all the losses against CGY, they don't mean a thing if you beat them on Friday.

Everyone needs to play better, everyone. How many chances are you going to get with an opportunity like this. Put everything you have on the ice, pressure, pressure, pressure like you've never before and play your hearts out. The W'King franchise has been around for many, many years, and this team needs a cup.

The chance of a lifetime is two wins away. Please go out and make the Wheat King fans, WHL and CHL proud. Do what nobody thought you could do. All that talk is on Windsor and I think it's time you knock the swagger from their step.