Friday, 4 February 2011

Wiebe Has Knack for Scoring First

Brandon Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe has a special knack.

The 20-year old has opened the scoring in a game nine times this year, the second-most 'first goals' in the Western Hockey League this season (Ryan Howse of the Chilliwack Bruins has 10).

"It's just coming out hard and trying to get the first goal of the game," said Wiebe after Wheat Kings' practice Thursday, "We always stress getting the first goal and playing with the lead. I guess that's kind of good stat for our team."

Wiebe has been riding a hot streak as of late, notching eight goals and 11 points over the last seven games, helping Brandon to five victories in that span.

Wiebe feels they believe in themselves more than ever now.

"I think our team is realizing that we can play with any team in the league and that we can win games as long as we play our game and stick to our systems.," says Wiebe, "I think we're gaining confidence by just playing the way we're supposed to play."

The Wheat Kings look for a fourth straight home ice win Friday night as they entertain the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Entering Friday's action, Brandon sits in eighth-place in the WHL's Eastern Conference, one point behind seventh-place Swift Current, one point ahead of Prince Albert and Lethbridge and three up on the 11th-place Pats.

Chaff...Friday's game is the first time back playing in Brandon for former Wheat King Mark Schneider since he was dealt to Regina on October 10th...the Wheat Kings last five games have all been decided by one goal.

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