|The Wheat Kings celebrated their 17th road win |
of the season Saturday.
Nolan Patrick, Duncan Campbell and Rihards Bukarts also scored for Brandon as the Wheat Kings recorded their fourth straight win and 17th road victory of the sreason.
Papirny rebounded from a sub-par effort in Friday’s victory over Lethbridge to put in one of his best performances of the season, particularly in the first 40 minutes when he stopped 31 of 32 shots.
“If Paps was a little off his game (Friday) night, I thought tonight he was exactly what we’ve come to expect,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “A lot of shots but probably not as many chances as you’d think with that many shots. Encouraging, defensively, was that the third period was probably our best.”
While Papirny was keeping the Broncos at bay at one end, Shmyr was scoring the opening and closing goals of the contest, giving the 17-year old six goals and ten points in the last nine games.
Shmyr’s 10th goal of the season 10:17 into the first period was the only goal of the opening period while he added his 11th of the year with 1:25 left in the third period to ensure the Wheat Kings of their 33rd victory of the season.
|Jordan Papirny made 40 saves Saturday |
including 31 in the first two periods.
“Tonight, he gets a real big goal for us and we played with the lead because of his goal and we were probably outplayed in the first period so his goal let us take the lead,” said McCrimmon, “His final goal, we got to avoid all the pressure of the last minute of the goalie out with a one-goal game.”
The victory also allowed Brandon to maintain their eight-point lead over second-place Medicine Hat in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Tigers still holding two games in hand.
The Wheat Kings are idle until they host the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).
Chaff... F Jayce Hawryluk (upper body) missed Saturday’s game after being injured Friday vs. Lethbridge and is expected to be re-evalulated early next week...Brandon also scratched D Kale Clague (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...Brandon’s Macoy Erkamps and Swift Current’s Tanner LeSann engaged in a third period scrap that should be a candidate for the WHL’s Fight of the Year (if there was such an award). You can watch the tilt on hockeyfights.com...Shmyr is the 10th Wheat Kings’ player to reach double digits in goals this season...Patrick’s goal was his 18th of the season, tops among all WHL rookies.