Wheaties home away from home a charm

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET

The Brandon Wheat Kings will be hoping for a little more MTS Centre magic tonight.

The Wheaties, who are fighting for the fourth and final playoff spot in the WHL's East Division, will take on Winnipeg's Joe Barnes and the Saskatoon Blades at the downtown Winnipeg arena.

Game time is 7:30 p.m.

The Wheaties bounced back from a 4-2 deficit in the third period Wednesday night at MTS Centre to beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 6-4.

FEND OFF RAIDERS

Brandon has a 7-1 record over the last two seasons in Winnipeg, and another win tonight would go a long way in helping them fend off the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Wheat Kings are five points up on the Raiders, with five games to go. Brandon hosted Saskatoon in the Wheat City last night and won 4-3 in a shootout, while the Raiders played in Red Deer against the Rebels and lost 5-1.

The Wheat Kings are now 1-6-1-1 against the Blades this season.

Despite their impressive record at MTS Centre, the Wheaties have had trouble attracting decent crowds. An announced crowd of only 2,150 showed up on Wednesday night, and Wheat Kings forward Codey Burki said his team certainly took notice.

"It's weird, because there isn't really a lot of noise in the crowd, and we have to kind of build our own energy out there," the Winnipegger said.

If the Wheat Kings do make the playoffs, they likely will play in Winnipeg on March 27 and March 30, because the Keystone Centre is booked.


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