Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Wheat Kings End Long Skid in Edmonton

Jordan Papirny stopped 25 shots on Tuesday night
  Jordan Papirny stopped 25 shots in his hometown, leading the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Tuesday night.

  John Quenneville and Ryan Pilon scored the goals for Brandon, with Pilon’s marker snapping a 1-1 tie with 2:18 left in the second period.
  “A lot of things you want to see to get a road win we did tonight,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We scored first, we played with a lead, we protected it fairly well, we did a good job when they pulled their goalie, our discipline was good.  Those are the things you need to win a low-scoring game on the road.”
  Quenneville’s power-play goal with 3:05 left in the first period was the only goal of the opening frame, with Dallas Stars’ draft pick Brett Pollock scoring Edmonton’s lone goal at 10:56 of the second period to tie the game 1-1.
  Tristan Jarry made 20 saves for the Oil Kings, who had won five of their previous six games going into Tuesday’s contest.
John Quenneville scored a goal in
his hometown Tuesday
  The victory snapped a 14-game losing streak for Brandon in Edmonton, giving the Wheat Kings their first victory at Rexall Place since December 31, 2009.
  “We talked about it after Calgary, not a building we’ve won in a lot and tonight, same thing here,” said McCrimmon, “I think our guys were pretty determined to get not one, by two monkeys off our back in terms of having some success in these two buildings.”
  The Wheat Kings (31-9-3-1) increase their lead atop the Eastern Conference to six points over second-place Medicine Hat, with the Tigers holding three games in hand.
  Brandon returns home to face the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Friday night (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

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