Sunday, 5 April 2015

Back to Work for Wheat Kings

The Wheat Kings practiced Sunday at the Sportsplex, their
first since winning their first round series.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings were back on the practice ice Sunday at the Sportsplex after taking a couple of days off following their first round series victory over Edmonton.

  The club is already turning the page as they began preparations for a second round series against Regina that begins Friday (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  "We had a couple of days off there and today was a work day," said Brandon defenceman Eric Roy after Sunday's workout, "It was a hard practice to get our legs back...I'm still dying from the skate but just a good work day and we're getting prepared now for round two."

  The break between the first and second rounds of the Western Hockey League playoffs will not only allow the Wheat Kings some extra time to prepare for the Pats, but it'll also allow some time for the Brandon players to heal any wounds that more have been inflicted in the first round victory over the Oil Kings.

  "Not many times you get 9-10 days between series but we'll take it," added Roy, "Everyone's banged up...that was a hard series, the last one, they're a keep that battled and slashed is and stuff but it's nice to have these 9-10 days to recover and not think about anything and focus on the next series coming up."

  Several players who were presumably banged up in the first round did not practice Sunday including F Morgan Klimchuk, who sat out Games #4 and #5 with an undisclosed injury.

  Defenceman Ryan Pilon and forward Nolan Patrick were among the others that did not practice on Sunday but it is expected that all three will be ready to go when the second round begins later this week.

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