Thursday, 11 February 2016

Wheat Kings Look for Bounce Back Friday

Tim McGauley sits at 97 career goals going into
Friday's game.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings close out a four-game home stand Friday night when they host the Saskatoon Blades (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  The Wheat Kings will be looking for a bounce-back effort after one of the club's worst performances in recent weeks in Tuesday's home-ice loss to the Prince Albert Raiders.

  "Obviously, it was a bad game for us on Tuesday but there's two points up for grabs every night and that's the case Friday and Saturday," said Brandon forward John Quenneville on Thursday, "We need to bring our best effort, regroup and be ready to play."

  The loss Tuesday was somewhat costly in the standings as Brandon will enter Friday's game with a six-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division and sitting in third-place in the Eastern Conference standings, one point behind Red Deer and four behind front-running Lethbridge.
  All four teams have 18 games left in the regular season.

  Quenneville feels they learned some lessons from Tuesday's contest.

  "A lot of things, mostly that you can't rest on a good start," said Quenneville, "You can't expect to play a good team and take your foot off the gas at any point and get away from your game plan."

  Friday's game will be the first game back in Brandon for former Wheat Kings Colton Waltz and Braylon Shmyr, who were dealt to Saskatoon as part of a four-player trade on January 4th.

  The Wheat Kings also hope to have Tanner Kaspick back in their lineup Friday night.

  He's missed the last 19 games with an upper body injury.

Chaff...Wheat Kings' F Nolan Patrick takes a four-game goal-scoring streak into Friday's contest...Brandon forwards Jayce Hawryluk and Tim McGauley are in a race to 100.  Hawryluk enters Friday's game with 98 career goals and McGauley has 97.  They're racing to become the 29th player in Wheat Kings' history to reach 100 career goals...the Wheat Kings' Pink the Rink promotion in support of the Canadian Cancer Society is one week away.  In advance of the special night on February 19th, we'll auction off Jordan Thomson's pink jersey during Saturday's broadcast on 880 CKLQ...the next five players in the WHL's Top-50 players of all-time countdown were released Thursday.  They were Pavel Brendl (#45), Brent Sutter (#44), Sam Reinhart (#43), John Davidson (#42) and Marian Hossa (#41).

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