Monday, 26 January 2015

Comfort Level Going up for Gow

Reid Gow
  Reid Gow is feeling a lot more comfortable as a Brandon Wheat King these days.

  The 20-year old Gow joined the team three weeks ago and it took a while for the former Spokane Chiefs' captain to get back into the swing of playing in the Western Hockey League.

  "I felt kind of like a fish out of the pond there at the start.  Just wasn't up in good enough shape to  be playing with this good of a hockey club," said the Killarney product after Monday's practice, "I'm starting to feel a lot better now, feel more excited to help contribute to the team and it's an awesome organization to be a part of."

  Gow has played in eight games with the Wheat Kings since joining the team just over three weeks ago after spending the first half of the 2014-2015 season with the University of Manitoba Bisons.

  There's were a few adjustment for Gow to make in coming back to the WHL, not the least of which is getting used to playing games a little more often.

  "Just getting back into having games every other day.  We played Friday and Saturday in the CIS, which is awesome, but you're not as intense thoughout the week," said Gow, "Here, you play every other day so you have to be ready to go every game and, obviously, every two points is important and when you're in the hunt, it's even more exciting."

  Gow also says the style and structure of play with the Wheat Kings is different than what he was used to during his four seasons with the Spokane Chiefs, and that is also something that's been a bit of an adjustment for him.

  The Wheat Kings will be looking to run their winning streak to a season-high seven games Tuesday night when they host the Swift Current Broncos (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the last time the Wheat Kings had a seven-game winning streak was when they won eight in a row to close out the 2009-2010 regular season...rookie D Kale Clague (upper body) continues to practice in a no-contact jersey with the Wheat Kings.  Clague has missed the last 27 games...the Broncos will be without World Junior gold medalist Dillon Heatherington for 4-6 weeks after he suffered an upper body injury.  Heathington joins Broncos' alternate captains Coda Gordon and Carter Rigby in the infirmary.

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