Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wheat Kings Face Must-Win Wednesday

Nolan Patrick
  It’s a must-win situation for the Brandon Wheat Kings Wednesday night as they face off with the Red Deer Rebels in their final round-robin game at the 2016 Memorial Cup (6:40 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

  The Wheat Kings haven’t performed very well in their opening two games, being outscored 14-4 while losing both.

  That includes giving up seven goals in the first period alone.

  However, Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon says they can only look forward.

  “We can’t look backward and feel sorry for ourselves, we have to look forward and be excited about the challenge of winning Wednesday and moving on,” said McCrimmon on Tuesday, “That’s how it has to be.  You have to have short memories in situations like this.”

  The Wheat Kings do have the added benefit of meeting a team they’re very familiar with.

  Wednesday’s game is a rematch of the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final, and the tenth time that Brandon and Red Deer have met this season.

  “It’s an advantage that we’ve played a playoff series against this team,” said Brandon centre Nolan Patrick, “You know their tendancies, you know their players a lot more.  We’re still a confident group, we haven’t played nearly our best.”

  A Brandon win Wednesday would create a three-way tie for second-place, with Red Deer, Rouyn-Noranda and the Wheat Kings finishing at 1-and-2.

  The tiebreaker would then be a formula of Goals For plus Goals Against divided into Goals For in the games involving the three tied teams.

  Despite that scenario, the bottom line for the Wheat Kings is that if they win, they will play another game.

Chaff...London clinched first-place and a bye into Sunday’s Final with a 4-2 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Tuesday...the Canadian Hockey League and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) announced an expanded partnership Tuesday that will bring the Talk Today program across the CHL.  Talk Today has been in place in the OHL since October of 2014...Wheat Kings’ 2016 first round pick Braden Schneider was among the spectators at Monday’s game against London...Brandon F Reid Duke, a 6th round pick if Minnesota in 2014, has until June 1st to sign with the Wild or he’ll re-enter the draft.  However, signing is only one option, according to the StarTribune...some Brandon staff members and myself were able to tour the RCMP Dog Training Centre in nearby Innisfail on Tuesday.  There are some pictures below...


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