Friday, 14 March 2014

Game #71 - Brandon at Regina (March 14, 2014)

33. Jordan Papirny
35. Curtis Honey

6. Ryan Pilon - 2. Ryan Pulock
7. Eric Roy - 9. Rene Hunter
11. Taylor Green - 5. Colton Waltz

18. Richard Nejezchleb - 23. Tim McGauley - 15. Peter Quenneville
13. Rihards Bukarts - 20. Chad Robinson - 24. Jens Meilleur
12. Jesse Gabrielle - 17. John Quenneville - 19. Nolan Patrick
21. Tyler Coulter - 28. Quinton Lisoway - 26. Ryley Lindgren

- for the first time in a while, the Wheat Kings' injury list is empty.  F Peter Quenneville and F Jens Meilleur both return to the lineup from lower body injuries tonight.  Jayce Hawryluk (suspension), Brett Kitt, Braylon Shmyr and Kord Pankewicz are Brandon's scratches.

- the Wheat Kings have picked up win in just two buildings so far in 2014 -- Westman Communications Group Place and Credit Union Centre.  Brandon is 4-8-3-2 on the road in the second half of the season, with three of those four wins coming in Saskatoon.  The other victory was a December 30th win in Red Deer.

- not surprisingly, rookie Jordan Papirny looks like he's going to carry the mail for the Wheat Kings the rest of the season.  Papirny is 9-7-4 with a 2.94 GAA and .912 SPCT in the second half.

- not only a lot on the line for Brandon tonight, but the Pats also have a lot to play for.  Regina needs one more point (or a Swift Current loss to Moose Jaw tonight or tomorrow) to clinch the East Division pennant.  You just know they'd like to do it on their own.

- milestone watch tonight -- a Wheat Kings' victory would be the 363rd for Brandon GM/Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon, which would tie him with Bob Lowes for top spot on the franchise list.

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