Monday, 19 March 2012

Wiebe Set for CIS Championship

Former Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe (bottom right)
helped UNB to the AUS title this season
The CIS men's hockey championship opens Thursday and there's a little Brandon flavour on the host team.

Former Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe joined the University of New Brunswick after being released by the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in early January and helped lead the team to the Atlantic Conference (AUS) title.

"It was definitely a good experience, and definitely showed me what it is going to take to play at the pro level," said Wiebe late last week, "It's still a dream of mine and just to get back to there, it's put in my eyes what I have to do."

Wiebe scored five goals and 12 points in 11 games with UNB to close out the regular season and added three goals and eight points in six playoff contests.

The Varsity Reds are not only the #1 seed for the CIS Men's Hockey Championship but Fredericton is also hosting the six-team tournament.

"I think there's always some pressure when you're banked as one of the top teams and being the host as well and that they won last year as well," said Wiebe, "There's a lot of support out here for the team, and it's nice to see. Last year, there was quite the crowds and things like that so it's going to be exciting."

UNB is in Pool A with Western and UQTR while McGill, Saskatchewan and Moncton make up Pool B.

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