October 9, 2009 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon, Manitoba -- The Brandon Wheat Kings hope to cloe out a 4-game Western Hockey League homestand on a winning note Friday night when they play host to the visiting Kootenay Ice at Westman Communications Group Place.
Brandon enters the Thanksgiving weekend with a record of 4-2-0-1 and are 1-1-0-1 in the first three games of this homestand. The Wheat Kings are coming off Wednesday's disappointing 4-3 Overtime Shootout loss to the number one ranked Calgary Hitmen.
The Ice meanwhile are 3-5-0 and tied for fourth place in the Central Division. Tonight's game is the fourth of a season high 6-game road swing.
Steele Boomer and Buffalo Sabres draft pick Brayden McNabb currently lead Kootenay in scoring with ten points each, while 18-year old Nathan Lieuwen has been solid between the pipes, compiling a 2.82 goals against average and a .911 save percentage in six appearances.
The Wheat Kings, who travel to Alberta on Saturday for games in Red Deer and Edmonton on Sunday and Monday afternoon, are led by veterans Jay Fehr and Scott Glennie. Both have three goals and 7 points this year. Defenceman Colby Robak meanwhile has a goal and five points in six games while 19-year old Andrew Hayes has started all 7 games in goal, posting a 2.12 goals against average and a .925 save percentage.
Friday is Caddyshack Night at Westman Place, presented by Oak Island Resort - home of Riel's Restaurant and an 18-hole Championship golf course. It will also feature another Chuck-a-Puck, presented by PhysioFirst, with all proceeds going to Brandon's Food for Thought Program.
Tickets to Friday night's game are on sale at the Keystone Centre box
office (Pioneer Lounge), by calling 726-3555 or online at