Wheat Kings go for ten in a row on Teddy Bear Toss Night
Brandon, MB. – The Brandon Wheat Kings will be looking to do something Friday night that they haven’t done in twelve years and that is win ten consecutive games.
The Wheat Kings, who currently occupy third place in the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Division with an impressive 23-7-0-1 record, haven’t lost a game since dropping a 6-5 decision in Saskatoon on November 24th.
In fact, the Wheat Kings have won fourteen of their last 15 games and have an impressive 14-2-0-1 record at Westman Communications Group Place.
The last time Brandon won ten games in a row was the 2004-05 campaign when they reeled off fifteen straight wins between February 5th and March 6th 2005.
After finishing on top of the division and storming back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Calgary Hitman in the Conference Semi-Finals that spring, Brandon beat Prince Albert before bowing out to Kelowna four games to one in the WHL Championship.
Besides the streak and the dramatic come from behind series win over the Hitmen, what many fans will remember about that year will be the playoff “Smiley Face” that became a playoff staple in both the Keystone Centre and throughout the city.
“It was a Wal-Mart volleyball,” Tyler Plante, who was Brandon’s all star rookie goalkeeper that year, recently told Branden Crowe of Q Country Radio. “We warmed up with it before every game and then we lost it in the walls of the Manitoba room and the boys lost their minds. We begged the Keystone staff to help us get it but it took a long time to get Smiley back.”
“Eventually we got a new ball and made up a back story about how it was related to Smiley and it became a whole story. One of the newspaper guys got a hold of it and the fans ran with it.”
During the 15-game winning streak, Plante compiled a 2.32 goals against average, a .926 save percentage and two shutouts in twelve appearances on his way to being chosen the WHL’s Top Rookie.
Ryan Stone led Brandon in scoring during the month long streak, firing fourteen goals and 32 points. Eric Fehr meanwhile had 28 points, including a team leading fifteen goals while captain Tim Konsorada chipped in eight goals and 19 points.
Brandon outscored its opponents 76-30 during the streak, beating Regina four times, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon three times each.
As for the current edition, this Friday’s game against the Lethbridge Hurricanes is Brandon’s final home game before Christmas and second to last before the club takes its nine day Christmas break. The Wheat Kings will travel to Moose Jaw to meet the first place Warriors on Saturday night.
Fans attending the game are encouraged to bring a new stuffed animal, togue or mitts and when the Wheat Kings score their first goal, they can litter the ice below. All donations that land on the ice will go to the Brandon & Westman Christmas Cheer Registry.
The Presenting Game Night sponsor is Shoppers Mall and thanks to five local partners – The Brandon Sun, Memories Chapel, Manitoba Hydro, Investors Group and Cutting Edge Construction, students from K-4 in the Brandon School Division have received complimentary ticket vouchers for this game.
Tickets to the game are on sale now at the Keystone Centre box office, by calling 726-3555 or online at keystonecentre.com