Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Opening Weekend to Remember for Campbell

  Two wins, three points, a milestone and a new position!

  That pretty much sums up the opening weekend of the Western Hockey League season for Brandon Wheat Kings' rookie Duncan Campbell.

  The 18-year old Brandon product recorded a pair of assists in the Wheat Kings' home opening win over the Pats on Friday and then notched his first career WHL goal in Saturday's rematch in Regina.

  Campbell centred a line with Taylor Green and Brett Kitt on Friday, and then had rookie Tanner Kaspick on his left-side Saturday after Green moved back to the blueline.

  "Our goal is to hit somebody every shift, go down below the hashmarks and muck and grind," said Campbell on Monday, "We had a really big line and we just wanted to get momentum, get in their zone and work down low and hopefully get a couple of chances. Luckily it paid off for us."

  That Campbell-Kitt-Kaspick trio formed on all Wheat City Line for Brandon.

  "We actually joked about getting some of our midget going.  We played a little bit together in midget and we were just hoping to do the same thing on Saturday together," said Campbell, "It was a blast playing with two guys I've grown up with and played with for a long time, it was great."

  Campbell led the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League in scoring last season with 39 goals and 85 points in 44 games, playing mainly on the wing on a line that Tanner Kaspick centred.

  Being in the middle is something relatively new for the 6-foot-3, 196 pound Campbell.

  "Still getting used to the position.  Haven't played much of it but I'm still learning and still getting used to the pace but I'm feeling more comfortable," said Campbell, "We did a lot more work in terms of lines and stuff so I knew where to go more and I was feeling more confident."

  Campbell and the Wheat Kings are idle until Friday, when they'll host the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brett Kitt (lower body) missed Monday's practice, joining D Eric Roy (upper body) and rookie F Ty Lewis (upper body) on the Wheat Kings' injury list...Saskatoon solved a potential import issue before it happened Monday by trading Montreal Canadiens first round pick Nikita Scherbak for the Everett Silvertips for G Nik Amundrud, 17, a first round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft and a second round selection in the 2016 Bantam Draft...Swift Current F Jay Merkley was named the WHL's Player of the Week Monday after scoring five goals and seven points in two games.

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