Friday, 19 November 2010

Hitmen, Wheat Kings Renew Rivalry

The Brandon Wheat Kings look to get back into the win column on Friday night when they entertain the Calgary Hitmen (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

It's the first time Brandon and Calgary have met since last May's Memorial Cup semifinal, which the Wheat Kings won 5-4 on Jay Fehr's overtime winner.

"It definitely adds some excitement to the game for everyone," said Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe after Thursday's practice, "Playing against a rivalry team like that, that we had such a close game and big game against in the Memorial Cup, it's pretty exciting."

While it's the same teams, the rosters of the two squads are vastly different than they were six months ago.

Of the 40 players who dressed for the Memorial Cup Semifinal on May 21st, only eight remain with each of the respectively teams.

Overall, Brandon has nine players remaining from last year's roster while Calgary has 11.

Meanwhile, Wiebe will try to keep his offensive surge going Friday.

The 20-year old Wiebe has goals in four straight games, and points in seven in a row and has 14 points in the last 11 games, helping Brandon go 7-3-0-1 in that span.

"I think it's doing the simple things," says Wiebe, "Working hard and making sure you're not trying to play outside of your game."

The surge comes after Wiebe scored three goals and six points in Brandon first 13 regular season contests.

Chaff...F Michael Ferland (leg) partially practiced Thursday in a non-contact jersey while F Paul Ciarelli (thumb) and D Rene Hunter (neck) both missed practice. All three players are listed as day-to-day...F Scott Glennie is on a four-game point streak (3 G, 5 A) and has points in nine of the last ten games (3 G, 13 A)...Brandon's power play has scored 16 times in the last 12 games, going 16-for-62 in that span (25.8%).

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