Sunday, 2 September 2012

Youngsters Shine in Wheat Kings' Intrasquad Game

Tyler Coulter had two goals for Team White Sunday
A pair of 16-year olds shined in the Brandon Wheat Kings' Intrasquad game on Sunday afternoon.

Brandon product Tyler Coulter scored a pair of goals and Jordan Papirny stopped all 17 shots he faced as Team White overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat Team Black 6-3.

Coulter was added to the Wheat Kings' protected list after being passed over in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft but led the Brandon AAA Midget Wheat Kings in scoring last season with 26 goals and 47 points in 44 games.

"It felt great getting the final two," said Coulter after Sunday's game, "I just thought, why not show them what I've got in the last day."

Coulter's family once billeted Wheat Kings' star Ryan Stone so being able to pull on a Wheat Kings' jersey is something of a dream come true for the 16-yaer old.

"It's great, being in my hometown and being out here playing with the Wheat Kings, it's just a dream come true."

Papirny, meanwhile, entered the game with his team down 3-1 but stopped all 17 shots he faced while his Team White teammates were busy scoring five unanswered goals.

"I started off Rookie Camp, it wasn't my best performance, I was probably average," said Papirny, "Coming in here, getting the win like that, you can hold your head high...it's a great feeling."

Papirny was one of two first round picks for the Wheat Kings in the 2011 Bantam Draft and is the only goaltender the club has ever selected in the first round.

"I think I put myself in good position so far but there's still pre-season and stuff like that," said Papirny, "I have to keep looking forward to that...this stuff is all over now so it's all about that now."

Jordan Papirny stopped all 17 shots he faced Sunday
Eric Roy also scored twice, including an empty-net goal, for Team White while Jesse Gabrielle and Nick Buonassisi had singles.

Curtis Honey stopped 14 of 17 shots during the first half of the game in goal for Team White.

Alessio Bertaggia scored twice for Team Black with Kailum Gervais also scoring.

Corbin Boes stopped 19 of 20 shots in the first half of the game for Team Black with Nolan Bray surrendering four goals on 19 shots during the second half of the contest.

The Wheat Kings will now prepare for the start of their pre-season schedule.

They visit the Regina Pats on Thursday night before hosting the Pats on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the Wheat Kings are expected to cut down their roster to about 28 players for the pre-season, with the roster expected to be released later this evening...20-year old D Ryley Miller (illness) didn't play in Sunday's Intrasquad game, forcing Team Black to play the entire contest with five defencemen...F Jens Meilleur (back) and F Dominick Favreau (back) also didn't play in Sunday's contest.

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