Friday, 8 April 2011

Ex Wheat King Set for East Semifinal

The Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference semifinal both open Friday night with the Red Deer Rebels hosting Medicine Hat and the Kootenay Ice visiting the Saskatoon Blades.

It's the first time ever that Kootenay and Saskatoon will meet in a WHL playoff series, with series featuring a battle of key trade deadline acquisitions in former Swift Current Bronco Cody Eakin of the Ice and former Brandon Wheat King Brayden Schenn of the Blades.

"I guess the me and Eakin headline, you can say whatever you want, but it's really not about that," Schenn told the WHL This Week Radio Edition, "It's about trying to win the series, win hockey games and, for me, it didn't really matter who we played. It was obviously Kootenay or Brandon and I'm glad to be playing Kootenay."

Schenn had five goals and ten points in the Blades' first round victory over Prince Albert in a series that, for me, what longer than expected at six games.

"The PA series, they gave us a good run and it was good to play in an atmosphere like PA, even they it was a small barn, it was packed with a lot of people and it was loud," said Schenn, whose Blades won all four meetings with the Ice during the regular season, "Any time you can have the experience of playing in front of a big crowd in PA and big crowd here at home, it's going to be good for your team."

Schenn joined the Blades in a Trade Deadline deal on January 10th in exchange for prospects Tim McGauley and Ayrton Nikkel, two first round picks, one second round selection and a first round pick in the CHL Import Draft.

Eakin was dealt by Swift Current to Kootenay prior to the deadline for five prospects and three draft picks.

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