Friday, 15 October 2010

Wheat Kings Look to Bust Out

The Brandon Wheat Kings are looking to break out offensively and break out of a losing streak in the process.

The Wheat Kings have lost four straight going into Friday night's home game against Swift Current, having scored just seven goals in the process.

"We just have to stick to our systems. Since day one, we've followed them but we sort of got away from it the past couple of games here," says third-year forward Mark Stone, "We've been in some tight games that we haven't been able to win and we just have to find the strength to pull it out in the third period."

One of the positives about the losing streak is the fact Brandon has had opportunity to win each of the games, with three being, basically, one-goal games and the other a two-goal loss based on an insurance goal with less than four minutes remaining.

Brandon's lack of offence is a concern, though they've registered plenty of shots on goal, but of greater concern is their 0-for-22 record on the power-play in the last four games.

"We just have to keep it simple...we've tried to make too many fancy plays," says Stone, "If we can get one greasy goal on the power-play, I think they'll start falling for us."

Following Friday's game, the Wheat Kings will play eight consecutive contests on the road starting with Saturday's return engagement in Swift Current.

Brandon's next home game isn't until November 5th.

Chaff...D Jordan Fransoo (broken foot) practiced Thursday in a non-contact jersey...D Eric Roy (wrist, day-to-day) did not practice while F Michael Ferland (knee), F David Toews (ankle) and F Jens Meilleur (hand) remain sidelined...Wheat Kings' GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon celebrated his 50th birthday on Wednesday...Hampus Gustafsson will switch to #13 after wearing #12 for his Wheat Kings' debut. I believe he'll be the first player to wear #13 since Cory Cyrenne (1995-1998).

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