Monday, 1 October 2012

Wheat Kings PK a Annual Issue

  The Brandon Wheat Kings have picked up right where they left off.

  But, that's not necessarily a good thing when it comes to their penalty-kill.

  The Wheat Kings have allowed nine power-play goals against in five games this year, killing penalties at a 65.4 per cent (17-for-26) success rate so far this season.

  "It's one area that we're going to have to take a look at, for sure.  We need to take some time and go through video and work on things just so that everyone is aware of what their responsibilities are.," said Brandon coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk on CKLQ's Coaches' Corner on Monday, "It's a big part of the game and we have to continue to work to get better at it so we don't give those up."

  Those struggles are nothing new for the Wheat Kings, as they club hasn't had a penalty-kill success rate in the 80's since 2007-2008 (84.2%), and haven't finished in the top five in the WHL in penalty-killing since 2002-2003.

  The good news for the Wheat Kings -- at least they don't take a lot of penalties.  At least they didn't before this year.

  The team has been shorthanded the fewest number of times for five straight seasons.

  This year's total to date, at 5.2 times per game, ranks them 16th in the WHL.

  The Wheat Kings have plenty of time to work on their penalty-kill as the club is on the University schedule for the two weeks -- playing on Friday and Saturday but not during the week.

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