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Eastern Finals Schedule Announced

April 13, 2009 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings News Release

Brandon, Manitoba - The Western Hockey League has announced the dates for the Eastern Conference Championship Final between the Wheat Kings and the Calgary Hitmen.

The Hitmen, who finished the regular season with a league best 122 points, will open up with back to back home games this weekend, beginning Friday night at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Following game two on Sunday afternoon, the best of seven series will shift to Brandon's Westman Place for games three and four on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 21st and 22nd.

Game five will be played in Calgary on Friday, April 24th, with game six (if necessary) set to be played in Brandon on Sunday, April 26th.

Should the two teams need to play a seventh and deciding game, it will be played on Tuesday, April 28th in Calgary.

Tickets to Brandon's first two home games of the series will go on sale Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. at the Keystone Centre box office. Western Manitoba hockey fans can also order by phone at 726-3555 or online at ticketmaster.ca

Season Ticket Holders are reminded that for next week's games, they're to use "Round 3 - Games 1 and 2" tickets.

Following is a complete schedule of the Brandon-Calgary Eastern Conference Championship Final:

Game 1 - Brandon @ Calgary - 7 p.m. Friday, April 17th

Game 2 - Brandon @ Calgary - 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19th

Game 3 - Calgary @ Brandon - 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21st

Game 4 - Calgary @ Brandon - 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22nd

Game 5 - Brandon @ Calgary - 7 p.m. Friday, April 24th (If Necessary)

Game 6 - Calgary @ Brandon - 6 p.m. Sunday, April 26th (If Necessary)

Game 7 - Brandon @ Calgary - 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28th (If Necessary)

After completing their second straight series sweep with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Medicine Hat Tigers on Friday night, the Wheat Kings were back on the ice Monday preparing for their first Eastern Conference final in four years.

In 2005, the Wheat Kings defeated the Prince Albert Raiders in seven games, before losing out to the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL Championship Final.

Brandon finished the 2008-09 campaign with a record of 48-19-3-2, good for 101 points, which represented the first time in thirteen years that the Wheat Kings have surpassed the century mark..

This will be the second time in three years and the third in four seasons that the Wheat Kings and Hitmen have met in post-season play. While Calgary knocked off the Wheat Kings in six games in 2007, Brandon came back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Hitmen in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference semi-final series in 2005.


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