Saturday, 13 September 2014

Expectations Not Going to Wheat Kings' Heads

Eric Roy
  The expectations for the Brandon Wheat Kings this season got a lot higher this week.

  The club was ranked third in the Canadian Hockey League and #1 among Western Hockey League teams in the pre-season rankings released by the CHL on Wednesday.

  "Just because it says we're at the top of the league doesn't mean that we are," said Brandon centre Tim McGauley, "The season hasn't started yet so we have to prove outselves every time we're on the ice.  We have to practice has hard as we can, make sure out team is tight together and we need to go out there and prove to everyone that we can be a top competitor in this league."

  "All we can do is go out there and do our job," added defenecman Colton Waltz, "People are touting us very highly this year and all we can do is go out there and get wins."

  The CHL rankings are voted on by a panel of National Hockey League scouts, and are released on a weekly basis by the Canadian Hockey League.

  It's interesting to note that the 2013 pre-season rankings included the Portland Winterhawks (#3), Prince Albert Raiders (#6), Edmonton Oil Kings (#8) and Kootenay Ice (#10).

  The Winterhawks and Oil Kings went on to Conference titles and, in Edmonton's case, a WHL and Memorial Cup championship.

  The Raiders, meanwhile, struggled to an eighth-place finish in the Eastern Conference before being swept in the first round of the playoffs and the Ice finished sixth in the East and advanced to the second round of the post-season.

Chaff...Wheat Kings' defenceman and Flames' prospect Eric Roy suffered a shoulder injury in the first period of Friday's game at the Young Stars Prospects Tournament in Penticton and did not return.  The 20-year old did not play in Saturday's contest.  It's tough luck for Roy, who also missed about a week at the Flames' Camp in 2013 due to an abdominal injury...Wheat Kings' F Peter Quenneville scored a power-play goal as Columbus beat Detroit 5-3 at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Saturday night.

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