Now 14 games into the 2019-20 season, the Wheaties find themselves sitting at 5-9-0, with just Swift Current (3-6-3) and Regina (2-10-0) behind them in the Eastern Conference Standings. Despite only playing five games at home – in which the Wheat Kings are 1-4-0 – Brandon has begun the season with nine of their first 14 contests being played on the road.
After splitting a home-and-home with new Manitoba rival the Winnipeg ICE to start the season, the Wheat Kings dropped back-to-back contests with the Moose Jaw Warriors, before alternating wins and losses for the better part of the next seven games. The Wheaties left for a seven-game road trip through the United States back on October 15, in which they have already seen the Everett Silvertips, the Seattle Thunderbirds, the Portland Winterhawks, the Tri-City Americans and the Spokane Chiefs
Tuesday, October 22 provided what many thought might have been a bit of a turn-around, as Brandon blew out Tri-City 10-2 at the Toyota Center, only to lose the following evening 7-1 in Spokane. Friday night provided yet another Wheat Kings loss, as the Lethbridge Hurricanes handed Brandon a 5-2 defeat in front of 3,733 at the Enmax Centre in Alberta.
Leading the way statistically for the Wheat Kings are forwards Luka Burzan (5-5-10), Lynden McCallum (5-5-10), Ben McCartney (5-4-9) and Role Reinhardt (6-2-8). Both Chad Nychuk (1-7-8) and Braden Schneider (1-6-7) have performed well on the back-end, while netminders Jiri Patera, Connor Ungar and Ethan Kruger continue to find their rhythm in the crease.
The Wheat Kings will wrap up the road trip on Saturday evening against the Swift Current Broncos – one of the two teams placed below Brandon in the standings. Puck drop is set for 8:00 PM central. The Wheaties will then have six days of rest and practice before opening up a three-game-in-five-days homestand back at Westoba Place in the Wheat City.