Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Papirny, Wheat Kings Blanks Tigers

Jordan Papirny made 32 saves for his fifth shutout
of the season Wednesday
  The Brandon Wheat Kings continued their hot streak Wednesday night, blanking the Medicine Hat Tigers 5-0.

  Rihards Bukarts scored twice for the Wheat Kings while Jordan Papirny made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season in what was his 100th career WHL game.

  Bukarts' first goal came on a breakaway with just over four minutes left in the second period snapped a goalless tie.

  "I just jumped on the ice and I saw Johnny (Quenneville) get the puck after a great Colton Waltz hit and I just get a puck," said Bukarts on CKLQ's post-game show, "Great pass by John to set me up for the breakaway.  The puck was bouncing but I settled it down and just put it in...I think it was a game-changer."

  Tyler Coulter made it 2-0 in the final minute of the second period, and Bukarts extended this lead with his second of the game 1:16 into the final frame.

  Bukarts has 12 goals and 24 points in his last 16 games and is second on the Wheat Kings in scoring with 64 points including 27 goals.

  "I think I'm getting better in my shape where I was at the start of the season," said Bukarts, "You can see in my game since all my injuries and I'm with a great line.  We're getting some good chemistry and we're playing well."

  Morgan Klimchuk and Ivan Provorov also scored for Wheat Kings while Tim McGauley had two assists to extend his point-scoring streak to 17 games.

Rihards Bukarts scored a pair of goals Wednesday.

  The victory improved Brandon (45-10-4-2) to 18-3-0-0 against Central Division opponents this season including a perfect 9-0-0-0 record on home-ice.

  The Wheat Kings are now three points away from clinching the East Division title and eight points away from clinching the Eastern Conference title.

  They remain two points behind the Kelowna Rockets for first-place in the overall standings.

Chaff...the shutout was the sixth of Papirny's career, tying him with Geoff McIntosh for sixth-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time list...Brandon scratched D Mark Taraschuk (healthy), D Kale Clague (lower body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body), F Reid Duke (lower body) and G Alex Moodie (upper body)...McGauley's point-scoring streak is the longest for a Brandon player since Mark Stone had an 18-game streak to begin the 2011-12 season...Peter Quenneville had an assist to extend his point-streak to eight games...Brandon dropped one spot in #4 in the CHL Top-10 rankings that were released on Wednesday.

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