Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Papirny Keeping Busy

Jordan Papirny has started 50 of Brandon's 60 games
this season.
  Brandon Wheat Kings' goaltender Jordan Papirny is on track to meeting one of the goals he set for himself prior to the 2014-2015 season.

  Papirny is expected to make his 11th straight start in goal for the Wheat Kings Wednesday when they host Medicine Hat (7:00 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place) and his 51st start of the season.

  Papirny, the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft, was hoping to play 60 games this year and it looks like he'll come to close to meeting that mark.

  "I'm definitely in a bit of a routine here, playing that much, especially this late in the season," said Papirny on Tuesday, "I think it's important for myself to keep that routine going, especially going into playoffs, keep my good habits and all that."

  Papirny is second in the WHL in minutes played behind Kootenay's Wyatt Hoflin with 3,021 going into Wednesday's contest, while ranked 1st in the WHL in wins (37), is tied for third in shutouts (4), is ninth in goals against average (2.86) and seventh in save percentage (.906).

  "There's been some ups-and-downs but I kind of look at how much I've played and some steps I've taken over the course of the year," said Papirny, who'll play his 100th career game Wednesday, "For myself, it's about keeping that consistency and it's something I'm going to try to finish hard on the rest of the year."

Papirny and F John Quenneville play role reversal at the end
of practice Tuesday
  Papirny attended the Montreal Canadiens prospect camp last summer and rookie camp last fall, and was ranked 25th among North American goaltenders in the midterm rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Service last month.

Chaff...Wednesday's game is the final regular season contest that will involve all three members of the Quenneville family -- Peter and John of the Wheat Kings and David of the Tigers...here's an update on the Wheat Kings' prospects at the 2015 Canada Winter Games through Tuesday, which was the end of the preliminary round...
  Ian Mitchell (Team Alberta) - 3 GP  1-3-4
  Jarrod Gourley (Team Alberta) - 3 GP 0-0-0
  Jeremy Klessens (Team Alberta) - 3 GP 0-1-1
  Hunter Arps (Team Saskatchewan) - 0 GP
  Leif Mattson (Team Manitoba) - 3 GP 1-2-3
  Connor Gutenberg (Team Manitoba) - 3 GP 3-1-4
  James McIsaac (Team Manitoba) - 3 GP 0-2-2

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