Friday, 13 November 2015

Big Weekend for Wheat Kings

  It's a big weekend for the Brandon Wheat Kings as they try to snap their longest losing streak in 20 months.

  The Wheat Kings will host the Lethbridge Hurricanes Saturday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place) and the Prince Albert Raiders Sunday (4:00 p.m., WCGP) -- two teams right beside Brandon in the Eastern Conference standings.

  "It's a big weekend for our team," said Brandon forward Tyler Coulter after Friday's practice, "We're really looking to get back on the right page here and I think it's going to be really big for us to come out hard both nights."

  One of the big keys for Brandon will be, of course, getting their their offence on track.

  Brandon has scored just two goals during the streak, and three or fewer goals in eight straight games.

  "We're outshooting teams every single night we play and we're going to keep doing that," said Coulter, "We need to funnel everything we can at the net and when pucks go to the net, things go in."

  There could be some good news for the Wheat Kings offence Saturday night.

  John Quenneville practiced without restrictions on Friday and could return to the lineup after missing three games with a lower body injury.

Chaff...Tim McGauley (upper body) and Braylon Shmyr (upper body) skated at the end of practice Friday while Tak Anholt and Jayce Hawryluk both missed practice because of illness...two former Wheat Kings on Lethbridge's roster are off to good starts.  Ryley Lindgren has 11 goals and 16 points in 18 games so far this season while Kord Pankewicz has one goal and 11 points in 18 contests...the CHL's Top-10 rankings were released Thursday and, for the first time this season, the Wheat Kings were not ranked. They began the year as the #1 team in the Canadian Hockey League...the Calgary Hitmen placed G Brendan Burke, 20, on waivers Friday and chose to keep F Jackson Houck and D Colby Harmsworth and Keenan Kanzig as their three 20-year olds.

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