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Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game?

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1 Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:27 pm

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Brandon, MB. – For the first time in five years, Winnipeg’s MTS Centre will play host to Western Hockey League playoff action as the Brandon Wheat Kings have announced plans to play its opening round home games in the provincial capital.

The Wheat Kings, who enter the second to last week of regular season play sitting in seventh place in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, have been forced to play their first round playoff home games in Winnipeg due to the annual scheduling conflict with the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair.

While the Wheat Kings first round opponent has yet to be determined, the WHL club has announced that games three and four of the best of seven series will be played on Monday and Thursday, March 28th and 31st. Should a sixth game be necessary, it will be played on Monday, April 4th.

“While disappointed to not have the Keystone available, we are excited about returning to the MTS Centre," says Wheat Kings' general manager and head coach Kelly McCrimmon. "Although it has been five years since we last played in Winnipeg, we have enjoyed some very memorable games over the years. Our players will find it very exciting.”

Additional details on ticket prices and on sale dates will be finalized in the next week.

The Wheat Kings enter Wednesday's game against the league leading Saskatoon Blades with a record of 29-30-1-7, good for 66 points and 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Brandon trails sixth place Edmonton by one point, with five games remaining in the 2010-11 WHL regular season. The Wheat Kings currently lead Prince Albert and Lethbridge by nine points with just over a week left. The Raiders and Hurricanes meanwhile are battling for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Both have one game in hand on the Wheat Kings, which means Brandon's magic number to clinch a playoff berth is two wins or losses (by Lethbridge and / or Prince Albert).

Brandon is hoping to nail down a Western League playoff berth for the eleventh consecutive season.

If the playoffs were to start today, the Wheat Kings would be facing off against the Red Deer Rebels in a best of seven opening round playoff series. The Rebels currently sit second in the conference with a Central Division leading record of 44-16-3-4. Red Deer leads Medicine Hat by just three points in the race for top spot in the division and second seed in the conference.

This could mark the first time since the 2006 playoffs that Brandon has been forced to relocate to Winnipeg for post-season play. That year the Wheat Kings played the Moose Jaw Warriors.


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2 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:28 pm

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For those that think the AHL is good hockey, attend one of these games.


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3 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:29 pm

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I'm in.

not sure about how many kids though cause that is spring break so they might be at grandmas.


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4 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:32 pm

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I have never been to a WHL game. I think I will have to check it out.

5 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:34 pm

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We definitely should do this as a group Smile


ALSO... lets try and rap up the total number of seats we need ASAP so we can maybe get some front row behind the bench tickets?


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6 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:34 pm

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I'm in.


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7 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:35 pm

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Bartron wrote:I have never been to a WHL game. I think I will have to check it out.
Junior hockey alone is entertaining as hell. Add in the playoffs and there is very little hockey better (NHL aside).


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8 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:45 pm

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looks like they will probably go up against red deer or medicine hat?


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9 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:52 pm

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WHL>>>>>>>AHL, IMO.

10 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:01 pm

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EdWin wrote:WHL>>>>>>>AHL, IMO.

indeed.


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11 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:20 pm

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anyone?


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12 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:23 pm

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Moi!


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13 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:43 pm

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thursday game work for you?


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14 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:08 pm

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Sure. How do ya wanna work the tix?


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15 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:30 am

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call me at work tomorrow sometime


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16 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:54 am

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17 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:35 pm

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We've got four tickets for Thursday's game. It appears there are lot's of tickets available if'n there are others interested. We are in section 118.


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18 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Sat Mar 26, 2011 6:45 pm

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if it helps to convince people to come out to the game


I will either
A) rip my shirts off and spin it around my head yelling GO JETS GO!!! at the top of my lungs
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B) not do that.


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19 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Sun Mar 27, 2011 9:51 am

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I wish I could sit for longer than 20 minutes! Does anyone know if dancing Gabe needs an old supervisor? lol


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20 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:17 pm

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I stayed in Brandon for a few days in January and went to back-toback Wheatie and Red Deer Rebel games. It's the first hockey game I'd been to in years and it was a great time. I'd say even better than a Mosse game. Not sure why but it just was. Red Deer is strong. They won the first game in overtime and won the next night 8 - 0. You guys will enjoy this. Have a great time - and a few cold $7 beers (actually I paid $7.50 in Brandon but those were 16oz glases.

21 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:43 am

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Deank wrote:if it helps to convince people to come out to the game


I will either
A) rip my shirts off and spin it around my head yelling GO JETS GO!!! at the top of my lungs
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B) not do that.

I don't think a poll is even required...B would be everyone's choice.

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22 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:24 pm

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There were about 5,000 peeps at Monday's game. I expect more tomorrow.

Anyone else planning on attending?


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23 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:58 pm

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good game!

6003 in attendance.

they are back here on Monday after playing in Medicine Hat over the weekend.


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24 Re: Who wants to go to a WHL Playoff game? on Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:02 pm

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Good crowd. The game was better than any AHL game I've seen, and Brandon should have won. BUT...

The game was not a prototypical junior play-off game four. There was very little hitting and the first two periods the game seemed slow. The third period was a different story.

Perhaps that was Brandon's strategy: slow the game down. Because Brandon was in control in the first two periods. In the third period the Tigers skated circles around the Wheat Kings and eventually completed an unanswered four goal comeback.


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