Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Plenty for Wheat Kings to Play For in Final Week

Morgan Klimchuk
  The Brandon Wheat Kings will be looking for a fifth straight win Tuesday night when they visit the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  The Wheat Kings control their own fate going into the final week of the regular season, and their task if very simple.

  Win their final three games, and the club will claim the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as regular season champions for the first time since 1995-96.

  "We know we're in control of own destiny now and, fortunately, we do have a chance to win the league but we have to take it game-by-game," said Brandon forward Morgan Klimchuk on Monday, "Personally, I think we have three big games coming up...teams that are playing real well.  Moose Jaw is hungry for a playoff spot so you can't take anything for granted because they're going to be three real tough games."

  Following Tuesday's contest in Regina, Brandon will conclude their regular season with a home-and-home series against the Warriors beginning Friday in Moose Jaw and concluding back at Westman Communications Group Place on Saturday.

  Meanwhile, Klimchuk will be making his final regular season visit to the Brandt Centre in Regina, a building he called home for 3 1/2 seasons with the Pats.

  "From a professional standpoint, it's what you have to do is just take it as just another game, no matter who you're playing or where you're playing," said Klimchuk, who has 18 goals and 43 points in 30 games with the Wheat Kings, "There's always going to be a special bond there, played a lot of hockey there.  We could see them in the playoffs but we're going to play hard no matter who we're playing.  It's going to be different for sure but I've had one game there so it's not going to be all that unusual."

  Klimchuk had a 12-game point-streak end in Brandon's 3-1 victory in Saskatoon on Saturday, so he'll be looking to start a new one against his former team Tuesday night.

  Brandon could also get some reinforcements back from the injury list this week, and possibly as early as Tuesday.

  F John Quenneville (upper body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body) and D Kale Clague (lower body) all practiced without restrictions on Monday.

  Their return would leave F Reid Duke (lower body) and F Quintin Lisoway (lower body) on the Wheat Kings' injury list.

John Quenneville (left), Nolan Patrick (centre) and Kale Clague (right) all practiced without
restrictions on Monday.
Chaff...Tim McGauley enters the final week in 3rd-place in the WHL scoring race with 103 points.  He's five points behind Portland's Oliver Bjorkstrand and two points behind Medicine Hat's Trevor Cox...Bjorkstrand was named the WHL Player of the Week on Monday...Brandon D Eric Roy is slated to play his 320th career game Tuesday, which would move him into sole possession of 2nd-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list...after playing two games on the weekend, AP F Kirklan Lycar was not on the ice with the Wheat Kings on Monday...former Wheat King Dale Marquette (1986-88) passed away over the weekend in his hometown of Prince George.  He was 47.

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