Saturday, 20 September 2014

Wheat Kings Open with Win

  The Brandon Wheat Kings opened their 2014-2015 regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Regina Pats on Friday night.

  Tyler Coulter scored the go-ahead goal 6:36 into the third period, snapping a 2-2 just two minutes and 21 seconds after the Pats had tied the game on a shorthanded goal from Jared McAmmond.

  It was the second time in the contest the Wheat Kings had scored shortly after a Regina goal, with Ryan Pilon turning the trick just 36 seconds after Braden Christoffer had given the Pats a 1-0 lead early in the first period.

  "Bump-up shifts are what we call those opportunities after things have happened in a game, and I thought we did a pretty good job in those situations," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "When it happened in the third period, it was late enough in the game that it was a real big goal and stood up as the winner."

  Taylor Green scored in the second period to give Brandon a 2-1 lead, his first goal as a Wheat King after going goalless in 65 games last season.

  Braylon Shmyr closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal with 49 seconds left in the third period.

  Jordan Papirny made 23 saves in the Wheat Kings' net while also registering an assist in the contest, the first career WHL point for the second-year netminder.

  "I was kind of joking about that after the game with some of the guys but I didn't even know," said Papirny, "I was standing in the net and the play was going on and I heard assist Jordan Papirny, and I'm like oh, I guess I touched it somewhere along the line."

  Papirny also gave credit to his defenceman for blocking a number of shots, and letting him see the pucks that did get through.

  "The guys did great in front of me tonight," added Papirny on CKLQ's post-game show, "Whenever there's a blocked shot or a big play by a defenceman, I'm always letting them know good job and things like that.  I think communication with a goaltender for a defenceman is key."

  The Wheat Kings will visit the Pats on Saturday night to conclude the season-opening home-and-home series (8:00 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Duncan Campbell had a pair of assists for his first career WHL points...defencemen Mark Taraschuk and Ivan Provorov both made their WHL debuts for Brandon Friday...Brandon scratches were John Quenneville (New Jersey), Jayce Hawryluk (Florida), Richard Nejezchleb (NY Rangers), Eric Roy (upper body), Ty Lewis (upper body), Tanner Kaspick (lower body), Michael Mylchreest, Mark Matsuba and Kirklan Lycar...attendance was 4,509.

  Here's some pics from the home opener...

Jordan Papirny tries to look through traffic during the second period

Mark Taraschuk was one of two Brandon players to make their WHL
debuts on Friday night.

Ryan Pilon scored the Wheat Kings' first goal of the 2014-2015 season.

Taylor Green, the WHL's tallest player, scored his first goal
as a Wheat Kings on Friday night.

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