Wheat Kings, Hitmen Clash Wednesday
Brandon, MB. - Two teams battling for a Western Hockey League playoff berth face off Wednesday night at Westoba Place.
Winners of four straight and seven of their last ten, the Brandon Wheat Kings host the Calgary Hitmen, who currently sit four points up on them in the battle for the two wildcard spots in the WHL's Eastern Conference.
Like Brandon, the Hitmen have been playing some of their best hockey of the season and enter the game with a 7-2-1-0 record in their last ten games.
The Wheat Kings are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to post-season play but the club's recent surge has put them back to within striking distance of Calgary, Red Deer and even Medicine Hat.
The Tigers, who sit third in the Central Division, are six points up on Brandon, with the Wheat Kings enjoying two games in hand.
Red Deer meanwhile continues to falter, losing last night to the Tri-City Americans and are just two points up on Brandon in the race for the eighth and final playoff berth. Both teams have twelve games remaining.
This is the third game of the season between these two teams, with each club winning on the road so far.
Brandon coach David Anning says with his club set to play eight of its final 12 games on the road, every home game is a must for the Wheat Kings. To make matters more complicated for the Wheat Kings, Wednesday's game will be their fifth in eight days.
We were having success and that breeds confidence," Anning said. "I think our guys are feeling good about their games, and I think (Monday) was one of those games where you're coming off of three big emotional wins and there was a letdown. We need to learn from that but overall I really think that our guys have had more urgency and work ethic, and as a result we're getting rewarded, which is going to give our guys confidence."
Puck drop Wednesday is 7pm. Tonight's game a presentation of Ashley HomeStore and its Hope to Dream program.
Brandon will close out this week's 4-game home stand Friday night against Saskatoon, before going on to play seven straight road games.
Tickets to both games this week are on sale at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling (204) 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com. To those fans that attended last Wednesday's 5-2 "Winning Wednesday" victory over Edmonton, you have until 1pm Wednesday to exchange your ticket for a "free" ticket to this game.
Another reminder has to do with Don Cherry Bobbleheads - for those that were lucky enough to pick up a "blue" card during Saturday's game against Prince Albert, your first opportunity to pick up your new bobblehead, featuring the likeness of Hockey Night in Canada's star of Coaches Corner is 4-8pm today at the MNP Hall - located across from the Keystone Centre box office.
ABOUT ASHLEY HOMESTORE HOPE TO DREAM PROGRAM: A portion of every Ashley HomeStore mattress set purchase goes to Hope to Dream, a program designed to provide a free twin mattress, boxspring and bed frame to underprivileged children.
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