Monday, 16 January 2012

Can January 15 be the Turning Point Again?

Things have been struggle for the Brandon Wheat Kings for the last six weeks, to say the least.

A 6-13-0-1 record in 20 games since their dramatic 7-6 overtime win in Moose Jaw on November 20th has dropped the club into eighth-place in the Eastern Conference.

The latest setback was an 8-2 loss in Moose Jaw on Sunday night, January 15th - a date that is etched in stone from a year ago.

On January 15, 2011, the Wheat Kings dropped an embarassing 9-0 decision on home-ice to the Edmonton Oil Kings -- a fourth straight defeat and ninth in their last ten games and hit the proverbial rock bottom.

At 14-25-1-7, Brandon certainly looked like a team that was not going to be part of the WHL's post-season party. But then, something mysterious happened -- the club started winning.

The Wheat Kings began an amazing streak six days later with a 6-4 home-ice win over Lethbridge on January 21st and never look back, going 18-6-0-1 in their last 25 games while outscoring their opponents 133-93.

Brandon finished the season at 32-31-1-8 and in sixth-place in the Eastern Conference.

Fast forward one year to January 15, 2012.

Brandon lost 8-2 in Moose Jaw to finish a tough week that included three consecutive home-ice losses ahead of the drubbing by the Warriors.

Can the 2011-2012 edition of the Wheat Kings do the same thing the group did a year ago -- pick itself up, dust itself off and play some inspired hockey for the final two months of the regular season?

Time will tell!

1 comment:

Curious said...

Lets hope the team is reading your blog and not all the fan boards bashing them and they start believing in themselves, their teammates, and their coaches.