Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Wheat Kings Reset for Road Trip

The Brandon Wheat Kings are hoping it’s a case of +1.

The old adage in hockey is that you usually win one more game than you deserve on a winning streak, and lose one more game than you should on a losing streak.

The Wheat Kings have lost six straight after Saturday’s 4-1 loss in Swift Current but played well in that contest, and may have deserved a better fate.

“We played quite well against Swift Current the last game there and I think we want to do a lot of the same things we did in that game,” said Wiebe after Brandon’s practice in Prince George on Tuesday, “Take a lot of positives out of that game and the last couple of games we’ve played and keep going at that. If we stick to our systems, I think we’ll be fine.”

The Wheat Kings will play seven games in 11 days on this road trip that begins Wednesday in Prince George, covering more than 5,000 kilometres in the process.
There may be a certain danger in having a lengthy road trip coming at a time when you’re struggling to get victories but there seemed to be a almost ‘fresh start’ attitude Tuesday in Prince George.

“Especially starting on the road trip, it’s kind of a different atmosphere for everyone,” says Wiebe, “I think everyone is coming in with a good attitude, and we’ve coming in to get some wins.”

Prince George might be a good place to begin getting those wins.

The Wheat Kings haven’t lost at the CN Centre in nearly 13 years (November 25, 1997) and have four wins and two ties in their last six visits to the Northern British Columbia city.

However, this Brandon team includes 14 first-year players on its 25-player roster and Wiebe says his advice to the rookies is pretty simple.

“Just to stick with it. Things aren’t always going to go your way on the road, especially on a long road trip like this,” says Wiebe, “You have to play a simple game and just work hard.”

The Wheat Kings will need to get a little more offensive help. The club has scored 11 goals in the last six games and have just one player, F Mark Stone, averaging more than a point-per-game this season.

Wednesday’s game in Prince George can be heard on 880, CKLQ, beginning with the pre-game show at 8:30 p.m.

Chaff…Prince George head coach Dean Clark is looking for his 400th career WHL coaching victory on Wednesday. Clark got 86 of those victories during his two seasons behind the Brandon bench from 2001-2003…There’s a good chance a former Wheat King will be between the pipes for Prince George Wednesday. Either Ty Rimmer, who was just dealt to the Cougars on Monday, or 19-year old James Priestner are expected to get the call…Brandon’s last seven-game losing streak was November 6-23, 2005… Brayden Schenn is pointless, has a minus-2 rating and is averaging 11:16 of ice time through four games with the Los Angeles Kings.

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