Saturday, 15 May 2010

Wheat Kings Look to Bounce Back

The Brandon Wheat Kings are in action Sunday afternoon at the 2010 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

The Wheat Kings will be looking to rebound from their horrid opener as they face off with the Moncton Wildcats (1:30 p.m., CKLQ).

"It's a tournament format now and it's not like a playoff series, where it's the first team to win four," said Brandon defenceman Colby Robak after the Wheat Kings' practice on Saturday, "It's do-or-die from now on and we know our margin for error has slimmed up a bit and we're ready to go."

The Wheat Kings didn't feed off a frenzied crowd in Friday's tournament opener and, now, it'll likely be a case of role reversal where the team will need to get off to a good start in order to get fans back fully behind them.

"Once the ball is rolling, especially with a tournament like this," says Robak, "Being in Brandon with our fans, they support us so well, it'll definitely help us get the ball rolling."

Most of the buzz after Friday's game and into Saturday was the decision to give Andrew Hayes the start in goal against Windsor.

There was no word on Brandon's starter for Sunday, but the safe money has to be on Jacob De Serres.

De Serres got the majority of the starts down the stretch and in the playoffs and, if you'd trust him to start those crucial games in the post-season, you would think that trust would extend to the Memorial Cup.

Chaff...an autograph session involving Wheat Kings' alumists Eric Fehr, Chris Dingman, Wade Redden, Jordin Tootoo, Tyler Plante and Ryan Craig drew a large crowd before Saturday's game...Tootoo will drop the ceremonial opening faceoff Sunday.

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