Monday, 15 December 2014

Wheat Kings Blank Rebels

Teammates congratulate Jordan Papirny at the end of
Sunday's contest
  Jordan Papirny stopped 23 shots as the Brandon Wheat Kings blanked the Red Deer Rebels 4-0 on Sunday.

  Tim McGauley scored twice in a span of 42 seconds in the third period for Brandon to extend his point streak to 11 games while John Quenneville scored a first period power-play goal and added an assist for the Wheat Kings.

  "When your team has a shutout, it's a reflection on every single guy that played in the game, they made a contribution to the win," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "I thought it was a funny game. I thought our defence competed hard below the hashmarks, it was a hard-fought game along the boards and I thought (Papirny) made the saves that he needed to."

  Papirny came close to his second shutout of the season and third of his career Friday, when Brandon downed Swift Current 4-2 with the Broncos scoring twice in the final four minutes of that contest.

  He wasn't to be denied on Sunday, getting the benefit of a Connor Bleackley shot off the cross bar in the second period and making his best stop of night about nine minutes into the third period, a sprawling glove save on Red Deer's Grayson Pawlenchuk.

  "We didn't give up too many scoring chances the whole game. As a goalie that's really good and it helps you out in the long run," said Papirny, "The boys were playing really good defence tonight and it really helps me out back there."
John Quenneville had a goal and an assist Sunday

  Reid Duke also scored for Brandon, extending the Wheat Kings' lead to 2-0 with his 10th of the season 1:31 into the middle frame.

  Another key for Brandon was a perfect penalty-kill, going 6-for-6 in an over-officiated game and keeping their opponents from scoring a power-play goal for just the 11th time in 34 games this season.

  The victory improved the Wheat Kings' record to 24-7-2-1 and leaves the team with a three-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings.

  "It's important to go into the break on a high note, and also to have the separation between the teams below you.  We always talk about that in the room and it's going well," said Papirny, "We're excited to play our last game here and head into the break on a high note."

  Brandon closes out their first half schedule by hosting the Regina Pats on Tuesday night (7 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).


Chaff...Brandon played Sunday without forwards Jayce Hawryluk and Jesse Gabrielle.  Gabrielle was scratched after warmup with an upper body injury, paving the way for Ty Lewis to make his Wheat Kings' and WHL debut, while Hawryluk missed his second straight game with a lower body injury...D Kale Clague (upper body) and D Mark Matsuba (healthy) were Brandon's other two scratches...Boissevain product Meyer Nell of the Rebels snapped a 17-game goalless streak Saturday when he scored his 7th of the season in Red Deer's 4-1 victory in Moose Jaw...the Rebels acquired D Nelson Nogier, 18, and F Austin Adamson, 18, from Saskatoon just before Sunday's game.  Red Deer sends F Mason McCarty, 17, a second round pick in 2015 and a first round pick in 2016 to the Blades...the Canadian Junior team released five players on Sunday including Elkhorn product Travis Sanheim of the Calgary Hitmen and Regina Pats' forward Morgan Klimchuk.

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