Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Papirny is One Busy Guy

  He's the Western Hockey League's busiest netminder.
  Jordan Papirny has started ten straight games and 27 of the Brandon Wheat Kings' 31 contests, leading the WHL in minutes played (1,633) and victories (19) so far this season.

  "When you're playing lots as a goalie, it's more exhausting mentally than it is physically," said Papirny after practice on Monday, "For me, it's a matter of keeping everything the same every night and staying consistent."
  It's a bit of uncharted territory for the Wheat Kings and Papirny.

  Brandon hasn't had a goaltender start more than 50 games in a season since Joe Caligiuri started 54 during the 2007-2008 season, while the Wheat Kings' record for games playing by a goaltender in a single season in 65, sharted by Glen Hanlon in 1976-77 and Dave McLellan in 1971-72.

  "I love playing every night, and that was my goal at the start of the season to play as much as I can," said Papirny, "I couldn't ask for my ice than I'm getting right now.  I'm happy with how things are going, excited with the first half and ready to finish it off here going into the break."

  Brandon has four games left before a ten-day Christmas break, visiting the Moose Jaw Warriors on Wednesday (6:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ) before finishing with three straight home games.

  The Wheat Kings sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 22-7-2-0 record, two points ahead of Medicine Hat.

  "We want go into the break on a high note," said Papirny, "We have four games left, and we're going to finish the task at hand."

Chaff...D Mark Matsuba (upper body) skated in a no-contact jersey Monday. He's missed the last two games...F Ty Lewis (upper body), who's missed the entire season so far, continues to participate in full practice while F Rihards Bukarts (lower body) and D Kale Clague (upper body) both watched practice from the stands Monday...Calgary F Connor Rankin was named the WHL's Player of the Week Monday. He had six goals and nine points in three games last week...the Prince Albert Raiders announced Monday that D Hunter Warner would undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

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