A perfect week has allowed the Brandon Wheat Kings to continue their push for top spot in the East Division.
The Wheat Kings swept three games and have now won seven of their past eight to improve to 20-11-0-2 overall during the Western Hockey League season, which leaves them three points behind the Saskatoon Blades.
The Blades host the Wheat Kings tomorrow night in a big showdown.
Carman product Aaron Lewadniuk has been red-hot of late, collecting six goals and 14 points in his last six games to give him 14 goals and 38 points this season.
Following Friday's game, the Wheat Kings will be without forwards Brayden Schenn and Winnipegger Scott Glennie, who are off to Team Canada's final evaluation camp for the 2010 world junior team.
Forward Toni Rajala (14 goals, 30 points in 27 games) will be joining Team Finland on Dec. 20, but in a somewhat surprising development, defenceman Alexander Urbom (six goals, 18 points in 29 games) was left off Team Sweden's roster for the tournament.
LAZO HONOURED: Winnipegger Johnny Lazo of the Tri-City Americans was named WHL player of the week yesterday after racking up six goals and an assist in two games.
Lazo, 20, produced a pair of hat tricks (the second and third of his WHL career) and now has 17 goals and 32 points in 29 games for the Americans, who lead the U.S. Division with a 21-8 record and 42 points.