Wheaties to open playoffs in Dauphin

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Brandon, MB. – The Western Hockey League Champion Brandon Wheat Kings have announced that they will be playing their first round playoff home games at Credit Union Place in Dauphin.

While the Wheat Kings have yet to clinch a berth into the playoffs, the club is expected to qualify for the 23rd time in the past twenty-five years.

Brandon will be forced to play at least two games in Dauphin next month, due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, scheduled for the Keystone Centre from March 27th to April 1st. While dates have yet to be confirmed, it appears that games three and four could be played on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28th and 29th. Game six (if necessary) would be played Sunday, April 2nd.

The announcement was made by the Wheat Kings Thursday morning as they rolled out plans for both the playoffs and their 2017-18 Season Ticket prices. In addition to holding the line on season ticket prices next year, fans that purchase their 2017 playoff packages as well as renew their season tickets by the Monday, March 20th deadline will receive a $5.00 discount off regular playoff box office admission prices for all games played in Brandon.

The Wheat Kings will bring the curtain down on their 2016-17 regular season schedule on Saturday, March 18th when the Regina Pats pay a visit to Westman Communications Group Place.

The Wheat Kings, who dropped a 4-3 Overtime Shootout decision to the Hitmen in Calgary on Wednesday, are currently occupying the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and if the playoffs were to begin today, they would be facing off against the Central Division leading Medicine Hat Tigers. The Tigers are currently six points up on second place Lethbridge with an impressive 42-18-1-0 record while the Wheat Kings are sitting five points back of third place Swift Current in the Eastern Division with a mark of 28-23-6-3.

Dauphin’s Credit Union Place is a 1,763 seat (plus 752 Standing Room) arena that is home to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Kings. The $8.6 million facility, which opened in April 2006, has all of the amenities both fans and players alike require.

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