Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Wheat Kings Set for Playoff Opener

  The Brandon Wheat Kings begin their quest for the Ed Chynoweth Cup Thursday night as they host the Edmonton Oil Kings to open the Western Hockey League playoffs (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Wheat Kings were the WHL's highest-scoring team during the regular season, with their 340 goals the highest total in a single season in 17 years.

  The Oil Kings, meanwhile, held the fifth-best defensive record by averaging 2.77 goals against per game.

  "Edmonton are a good defensive team, they've got the top penalty-kill in the league, they've got the second-best goals against in the Conference and they've got an experienced team," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on Wednesday, "They bring a lot of challenges to the table.  We'll have to play real well to have success against their team."

  "Work ethic, structure.  It's a team that's really well coached," added Wheat Kings' captain Peter Quenneville, "They don't have the same powerhorses that they had last year but I think they're still going to be very difficult to play against."

  The Oil Kings have ended Brandon's season two of the last three years including a five-game victory in the second round last spring that helped jettison Edmonton to the WHL title and a Memorial Cup Championship.

  Despite the playoff defeat, McCrimmon felt it had some benefit to the Wheat Kings long-term.

  "I said as soon as that series was over, well before then won the league and went on to win the Memorial Cup, that that was going to be a great series for the growth of our team, seeing what a championship club looks like," said McCrimmon, "That, in part, helped prepare us for this season and I think, in part, it helps prepare us for playoffs this time around."

  Brandon did win three of four games between the two teams during the regular season including a 2-1 victory in their last meeting on January 13th, a victory that ended the Wheat Kings' 14-game losing streak at Rexall Place.

  As far as their lineup in concerned, the Wheat Kings had a little fuller practice on Wednesday but forwards Tanner Kaspick, Duncan Campbell, Reid Duke and Quintin Lisoway were all absent from the workout.

  That makes it unlikely any of the four will be in the lineup for the playoff opener on Thursday night.

Brandon Wheat Kings vs Edmonton Oil Kings

Head to Head Record 2014-15 Regular Season Brandon 3-1-0-0 Edmonton 1-2-1-0
Head to Head Record 2013-14 Regular Season Brandon 1-2-1-0 Edmonton 3-1-0-0
Last 5 Years record between teams Brandon 6-12-1-1 Edmonton 14-5-1-0
Brandon vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at Brandon Brandon 5-4-0-1 Edmonton 5-4-1-0
Brandon vs. Edmonton Last 5 Years record at Edmonton Brandon 1-8-1-0 Edmonton 9-1-0-0
Previous Meetings This Season Brandon 2 @ Edmonton 1 (Jan 13 2015) Final

Edmonton 4 @ Brandon 5 (Nov 22 2014) Final OT

Edmonton 4 @ Brandon 7 (Nov 21 2014) Final

Brandon 2 @ Edmonton 5 (Oct 13 2014) Final

Edmonton Brandon
Team Record 34-31-4-3 -- 75 points 53-11-4-4 -- 114 points
Division Ranking 5th Central 1st East
Conference Ranking 8th Eastern 1st Eastern
League Ranking 14th 1st
Home Record 19-15-1-1 27-3-4-2
Away Record 15-16-3-2 26-8-0-2
GF 217 340
GA 204 219
PP (Overall) (51/275) 18.5 (78/303) 25.7
PP (Home) (30/145) 20.7 (38/155) 24.5
PP (Away) (21/130) 16.2 (40/148) 27.0
PK (Overall) (53/348) 84.8 (55/240) 77.1
PK (Home) (28/174) 83.9 (26/118) 78.0
PK (Away) (25/174) 85.6 (29/122) 76.2
Team PIM/GM 13.7/Game 11.4/Game
Leading Scorers Pollock (32-30-62) McGauley (42-63-105)

Bauer (25-30-55) Klimchuk (34-46-80)

Mayo (14-37-51) Quenneville (27-48-75)

Sautner (12-39-51) Bukarts (33-41-74)

Baddock (19-21-40) Hawryluk (30-35-65)
Leading After 1st 15-6-1-1 27-0-2-2
Leading After 2nd 24-2-1-1 41-0-3-0
Tied After 1st 13-10-1-2 19-5-1-1
Tied After 2nd 6-7-2-2 8-2-1-3
Trailing After 1st 6-15-2-0 7-6-1-1
Trailing After 2nd 4-22-1-0 4-9-0-1
Out Shooting Opponents 24-19-1-2 40-5-2-2
Out Shot by Opponents 9-11-3-1 13-6-2-2
1-Goal Games 9-10-4-3 8-1-4-4
2-Goal Games 7-7-0-0 12-3-0-0
3-Goal Games 9-10-0-0 17-2-0-0



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