Saturday, 20 February 2016

Five-Game Roadie Opens Sunday

Tanner Kaspick
  The Brandon Wheat Kings will open a five-game road trip on Sunday night when they pay a visit to the Prince Albert Raiders (6:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  It’s another key matchup between the top two teams in the East Division, with the Wheat Kings looking to expand their lead over the second-place Raiders to ten points.

  Brandon will also have some extra incentive after giving up four answered third period goals in a 6-3 home-ice loss to Prince Albert 12 days ago.

  “The last time we played these guys, it didn’t go our way,” said Wheat Kings’ centre Tanner Kaspick on Saturday, “It’s a big divisional matchup, they’re right behind us and we need to keep separating ourselves from them.  Getting two points on Sunday would be huge.”

  Sunday’s game will also be the start of a challenging week for the Wheat Kings, who left Brandon Saturday and will play five games in seven days in three different provinces.

  “I think it’ll be a lot of fun.  Just get to go on the road and play a lot of games,” added Kaspick, “We just need to take advantage when we can get it, take care of ourselves and work hard every night.”

  Brandon forward Reid Duke could return to the lineup Sunday after missing three games with an upper body injury.

  Also of note, Wheat Kings’ centre Nolan Patrick will try to extend is goal-scoring streak to nine games on Sunday.

  That’d be the longest for Brandon player in more than 20 years.

Chaff...F Tim McGauley enters Sunday’s game needing one point to reach 250 for his Wheat Kings’ career...Brandon’s power-play has scored in 14 of the last 16 games, going 24-for-77 (31.2%) in that span...F Linden McCorrister, who’s missed the last nine games with an upper body injury, practiced Saturday... Brandon is 2-3-0-0 against Prince Albert this year including a 1-1-0-0 mark at the Art Hauser Centre...Brandon captain Macoy Erkamps will play in his 328th career game Sunday, the second-most among active players in the WHL...Brandon enters Sunday’s game sitting three points behind first-place Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference, with the Wheat Kings having two games in hand.

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