Thursday, 7 November 2013

Game #19 - Saskatoon at Wheat Kings (November 7, 2013)

33. Jordan Papirny
30. Tyson Verhelst (Emergency Backup)

3. Nick Walters - 2. Ryan Pulock
7. Eric Roy - 9. Rene Hunter
11. Taylor Green - 5. Colton Waltz

19. Taylor Cooper - 23. Tim McGauley - 24. Jens Meilleur
13. Rihards Bukarts - 20. Chad Robinson - 15. Peter Quenneville
18. Richard Nejezchleb - 17. John Quenneville - 8. Jayce Hawryluk
28. Quintin Lisoway - 26. Ryley Lindgren - 21. Tyler Coulter

- the Wheat Kings will be without goaltender Curtis Honey (upper body) for the third straight game tonight.  Tyson Verhelst, a Brandon product and Spokane Chiefs' prospect, will serve as the emergency backup behind Wheat Kings' rookie Jordan Papirny.  Verhelst, 16, played in three pre-season games with Spokane before joining the MJHL's Neepawa Natives.  He's got a 3.92 GAA and .885 SPCT in four appearances with Neepawa this season.

- D Rene Hunter and D Kord Pankewicz are both back after missing three and two games respectively with upper body injuries, although Pankewicz will be a healthy scratch tonight. Joining Pankewicz in the stands are Jesse Gabrielle, Brett Kitt and Braylon Shmyr (all healthy).

- Peter Quenneville will make his Wheat Kings' debut on a line with Chad Robinson and Rihards Bukarts.  Quenneville had 33 goals and 70 points in 63 games with Dubuque in the USHL last season and talking to a few hockey people the last couple of days, the belief is he's capable of producing at a similar point-per-game pace in the WHL.

- a win tonight for Brandon would be the 340th for Kelly McCrimmon as Wheat Kings' head coach, and tie him with Bob Loucks for 17th-place in the WHL's all-time list for victories as a coach.  The Wheat Kings' franchise record for coaching wins is 363, held by Bob Lowes during his nine seasons behind the bench from 1992-2001.

- the Blades come in having lost four in a row, outscored 22-16 in those four contests.  Coincidentally, former Wheat King Ayrton Nikkel has been sidelined for four games with an upper body.  Nikkel will miss his fifth straight game tonight.

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