Monday, 4 April 2016

Wheat Kings Look to Advance

Tyler Coulter will serve the second game of a two-game
suspension on Tuesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings try to advance to the second round of the WHL playoffs on Tuesday night when they host the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game Six of the Eastern Conference quarter-final (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

  Brandon has won the last three games of the series, all of them in Edmonton, to put themselves in position to move on to the next round with a home-ice victory.

  "We didn't have the start we wanted, going into Edmonton down 2-0, but it wasn't like we were going there negative," said Brandon defenceman Mitch Wheaton on Monday, "We knew that we played well at home and just didn't get the result we wanted.  We stayed positive and stuck together...that's been our biggest thing so far and that's what we're going to keep doing."

  Brandon may have been the WHL's highest-scoring team in the regular season, but it's been their strong defensive play that has carried them into the lead in this series.

  The Wheat Kings have allowed just four goals against in the last four games and limited the Oil Kings to just three goals on 74 shots in the three games at Rexall Place.

  Edmonton averaged 34.1 shots per game during the regular season, third-most in the WHL.

  "The one thing we've always wanted to work on here is not winning games 7-6 or 8-6.  We wanted to be comfortable in a 3-2 or a 2-1 win," said Wheaton, "We've been really good defensively the past four games and that's something we're going to continue to work on."

  Tyler Coulter will miss his second straight game Tuesday night for a suspension under supplemental discipline stemming from an incident in Game Four last Thursday.

  Coulter was suspended for two games by the Western Hockey League, and will serve the second and final game of the suspension on Tuesday night.

Chaff...Brandon's last Game Six in a playoff series was April 4, 2011...John Quenneville leads the Wheat Kings with seven points (4 G, 3 A) in the series, and his 39 career playoff points has him 15th all-time in Wheat Kings history...Brandon is 4-for-27 (14.8%) on the power-play and 13-for-15 (86.7%) on the penalty-kill in the series...the Wheat Kings have scored first in all five games in the series...Game Seven, if necessary, would take place Wednesday at Westman Communications Group Place.

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