Thursday, 10 February 2011

Wheat Kings Set for Home Stand

The Brandon Wheat Kings open a four-game home stand Friday night as they entertain the Medicine Hat Tigers (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

The Wheat Kings are coming off a week of inactivity, having last played on Saturday, a 5-3 loss in Swift Current.

"It's definitely a long season and getting a week off helps you re-charge and get refreshed and get ready for your next game," said Brandon centre Scott Glennie after Thursday afternoon's practice, "When you wait that long to play a game, you're really excited to get going and get playing again. It should be a good weekend for us and we should be fully ready and re-charged."

Brandon plays 11 of their final 16 regular season games at WCGP and have played well on home-ice as of late, winning four consecutive games.

"At home I think we have to take advantage of that. We know that everyone is travelling at least four hours to be coming to play our team and we have to take advantage of that," says Glennie, who has points in eight of the last nine games, "It's fun playing at home in front of your home fans and I think we're going to take advantage of that."

The Wheat Kings enter the weekend sitting in ninth-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, one point behind both Swift Current and Prince Albert.

"There's no real time for us to be losing too many games right now, and I think we all know that," adds Glennie, "It's going to be huge weekend for our team, we have to win most of our games at home."

The Wheat Kings could welcome Paul Ciarelli back in their lineup Friday night after he missing the last ten games with a severe charley horse.

Ciarelli practiced without limitations on Thursday, skaing on a line with Brenden Walker and Hampus Gustafsson.

Chaff...F Matt MacKay takes a nine-game point streak into Friday's contest with 18 points (5 G, 13 A) in that span…F Mark Stone has points in six consecutive games (4 G, 6 A)…Brandon is averaging 4,161 fans per game through 25 home games (104,023 total for the season).

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