WHL title all that's missing for Fehr

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Eric Fehr's brilliant WHL career with the Brandon Wheat Kings just isn't complete.

The 19-year-old winger from Winkler was drafted 10th overall by the NHL's Washington Capitals in 2003, he just recorded his second straight 50-goal season, and he's won way more games than he's lost.

What more could a guy want?

A trip to the WHL final, that's what.

"I just want to get over the hump," said Fehr, who already has two Eastern Conference final losses on his resume. "... This could be my last chance to raise a championship banner with the Wheat Kings, so I definitely want to make it the best and go out on top."

Fehr and the Wheat Kings have a chance to get to the final tonight when they host the Prince Albert Raiders in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

Game time at Keystone Centre is 7 o'clock, but all 5,008 tickets were sold in fewer than two hours yesterday morning. Shaw wanted to broadcast the game on TV, but it didn't have enough time to set up its equipment.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, there were only about 300 standing-room tickets remaining.

"We worked all year to get home-ice advantage for this exact reason," Fehr said. "We feel real comfortable in Brandon, and we're excited to play in front of our fans.

"... They're going to be real loud, and it's going to be an exciting atmosphere."

The Wheat Kings have already won a Game 7 at home in these playoffs. Just 13 days ago, they downed the Calgary Hitmen 3-1 in the rubber match of their conference semifinal after battling back from a 3-1 series deficit.

Wheat King veterans Tim Konsorada and Ryan Stone scored in that clincher, and Fehr assisted on the insurance marker. Fehr said he and the rest of Brandon's veterans must be front and centre tonight.

"We're looking to be leaders," Fehr said. "This will be my fifth Game 7 (he has a 3-1 record), and we've got the experience.

"We know that we haven't played our best games up to now, and we gotta be a lot better and try to carry the team into the next round."

AROUND THE GLASS: Tonight's winner will meet the Kelowna Rockets in the best-of-seven final. Games 1 and 2 will be played at Kelowna's Prospera Place on Friday and Saturday ... Brandon winger Lance Monych, a 20-year-old Winnipegger, leads the league with 15 playoff goals. Fehr is second with 14 ... Prince Albert netminder Rejean Beauchemin, another Winnipegger, is fourth in the league with a 2.03 goals-against average in the playoffs.


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