The Brandon Wheat Kings can win the Western Hockey League’s East Division by picking up one point in their final two games of the season. With the league recently announcing that there will be no 2020-21 postseason, the regular season is all that the 22 member clubs will have as a memento from the shortened 24-game 2021 calendar… oh right, and the memory of living in a bubble.
For Brandon, that memory can turn victorious with just one more accumulated point over the team’s final two outings. Currently holding down first place in the seven-team division, the Wheat Kings own a 17-3-2 record for 36 points (.818 points percentage) through 22 of 24 games.
Right behind Brandon is provincial rival Winnipeg ICE, who is 16-5-1 for 33 points (.750 points percentage) also through 22 of 24 total games. The Saskatoon Blades are 14-5-3 for 31 points through 22 games. Saskatoon is unable to catch the Wheat Kings, however, by winning their final two contests, Winnipeg could leapfrog Brandon, should the Wheaties lose in regulation in both their matchups.
“We aren’t playing for a championship so-to-speak, but we are playing for something,” What Kings head coach Don MacGillivray said following Brandon’s 5-4 overtime win on Saturday. “Every time you get a chance to eliminate a team, you take that opportunity. So we’ve put Saskatoon behind us and now we have a chance to eliminate Winnipeg and go through the front door.”
Brandon takes on Regina and Saskatoon on Sunday and Wednesday, while the ICE play Prince Albert and Regina on Monday and Tuesday. On the season, the Wheat Kings are 3-2-1 combined against the Pats and Blades. Winnipeg, on the other hand, is a perfect 6-0-0 against the Raiders and Pats this season.
Needing just one point, the Wheat Kings will look to finish off a first-place season on Sunday evening in a 9:00 PM central battle with the Pats from the Brandt Centre at the Regina Hub. The game can be viewed on WHL TV.