Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Schenn Makes Return to Brandon Tuesday

Brayden Schenn returns to Brandon for the first time as a Blade on Tuesday night as the Wheat Kings entertain Saskatoon (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

It's Schenn's first game against Brandon since being dealt to Saskatoon january 10th after three seasons with the Wheat Kings.

"It's going to be a little weird," admitted longtime linemate Scott Glennie, "It was fun playing with him for three years but now we're on two different teams and we're going to be playing each other hard and we're going to playing really hard on him too...there's going to be no friends out there."

Schenn has flourished with the Blades since returning from a shoulder injury suffered at the World Junior Hockey Championship on January 22nd, scoring 10 goals and 24 points in 11 games and never tasting defeat with Saskatoon, as the club has won every game with Schenn in the lineup.

The Wheat Kings enter Tuesday's game having won eight of their last 11 games including six straight on home ice.

"I think our team is probably playing the best hockey it's played all year, and I think that'll give us confidence going into (tonight)," says Glennie, who still trades texts with Schenn on a regular basis, "He's a good player, you have to acknowledge that, but you have to play him hard, take away his opportunities and give him less space as possible."

Tuesday's game is also the first of five meetings between the Wheat Kings and Blades over the next 28 days so these two teams are certainly going to get familiar with each other.

"The first one for sure for Brayden and for our guys is going to feel a little different but I think we play enough that it's something that everyone will gets over right away and just settles in and play," says Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, "Saskatoon has a good hockey club so it'll be a real good test for our team."

The Wheat Kings have no special plans to honour Schenn Tuesday night despite the Brandon fans missing out on a 'welcome home' celebration following Schenn's MVP performance at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Chaff...Matt MacKay takes an 11-game point scoring streak into Tuesday's contest, having notched nine goals and 23 points in that span...Mark Stone is on an eight-game point streak (4 G, 10 A)...Michael Ferland is on a seven-game point streak (5 G, 6 A)...Brandon is averaging 4,164 fans per game through 27 home games (112,431 total for the season).

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