|The Wheat Kings mob goaltender Jordan Papirny|
at the end of Saturday's game
The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out a seven-game road trip with a 4-0 win in Medicine Hat on Saturday night.
Jordan Papirny made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season while Jesse Gabrielle sparked the Brandon offence with a goal and an assist.
The Wheat Kings set the tone early on Saturday night as Tim McGauley scored just 33 seconds into the contest, the only goal of the opening period.
Gabrielle gave Brandon the all-important two-goal lead 4:07 into the second period before Quintin Lisoway notched his third in the year with 1:14 remaining in the middle frame.
Reid Duke then completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 41 seconds remaining in the third period.
“We’ve talked at different times through the trip where we’re just not happy with the consistency of doing things well over-and-over,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Tonight was just the perfect game by our team, they played very, very well including scoring early to let us play with a lead.”
The victory improved the Wheat Kings record to 14-3-1-0 including a 6-1-0-0 mark on a road trip that began October 19th and covered over 5,000 kilometres over a 14-day period.
“I think we improved a lot on this trip, it made us a better team and we’re a better team than when we left Brandon,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “6-and-1, in my memory, is the best road coast trip that any Wheat King has had.”
McCrimmon particularly pointed to the final week of the trip, during which the team travelled from Victoria-to-Vancouver-to-Lethbridge-to-Medicine Hat and collected wins in all four games, allowing just eight goals against in the process.
Brandon now has a six-point lead over the second-place Tigers in the WHL’s Eastern Conference, though Medicine Hat does have three games in hand.
The Wheat Kings now head back to Brandon where they’ll play seven of their next eight games in the friendly confines of Westman Communications Group Place starting with Friday’s contest against the Saskatoon Blades.
Chaff...Brandon scratched Ryan Pilon (upper body) for the second straight game while F Richard Nejezchleb (import limit), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Nolan Patrick (U17), F Tanner Kaspick (U17) and D Kale Clague (U17) were also scratched...Brandon was outshot for just the third time this season, ending a streak of eight consecutive games of outshooting their opponents...the Wheat Kings were 2-for-2 on the penalty-kills after allowing power-play goals in their last eight games, 12 against in total.