Saturday, 15 March 2014

Game #72 - Regina at Wheat Kings (March 15, 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
17. John Quenneville - 19. Nolan Patrick - 12. Jesse Gabrielle
21. Tyler Coulter - 28. Quinton Lisoway - 26. Ryley Lindgren

- It's pretty simple math for the Brandon Wheat Kings tonight.  A win will clinch a playoff spot for the club for the 13th time in 14 years.  Actually, a single point via an overtime or shootout loss would accomplish the same thing, but that's far less dramatic.

- A win tonight would also be meaningful for Brandon GM/Head Coach Kelly McCrimmon.  McCrimmon has 363 career victories as the Wheat Kings' head coach, tied with Bob Lowes atop the franchise's all-time list.  A win tonight would be #364.

- Wheat Kings' top scorer Jayce Hawryluk sits the fourth and final game of his suspension tonight while Braylon Shmyr, Brett Kitt and Kord Pankewicz are the other Brandon scratches.

- After going 2-for-2 Friday in Regina, including Eric Roy's overtime winner, the Wheat Kings are 16-for-43 (37.2%) on the power-play in their last 11 games.  However, the penalty-kill has started to show some cracks, allowing eight power-play goals against in their last eight games.

- Pats are shorthanded again, with goaltender Daniel Wapple, defencemen Kyle Burroughs and Colby Williams and forward Dyson Stevenson all sidelined again tonight.  Sam Steel, the #2 overall pick in the 2013 Bantam Draft, is also scratched tonight for the Pats.

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