|Nolan Patrick scored twice in his first game|
since February 15.
Rookie Nolan Patrick scored twice in his return to the lineup after missing 12 games with an upper body injury, pacing the Wheat Kings to a 4-1 victory in Regina.
“Good to have him back, and good to have John Quenneville back as well. As is the case, things don’t just instantly revert back to where you’d like them to be,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I does take a little bit of time to get everybody settled in. We changed lines to make it work with the guys returning to our lineup...lots of positives but still work to do.”
Peter Quenneville and Patrick, with this second of the game, scored 36 seconds apart just past the five minute mark of the third period to snap a 1-1 tie.
The game was tied going into the third period thanks to a strong performance from Brandon netminder Jordan Papirny, who made 24 saves overall including 11 in the third period.
Among them was robbing Regina’s Patrick D’Amico on a 5-on-3 Pats’ power-play and stopping Adam Brooks and Rykr Cole on breakaway chances, all in the second period.
Morgan Klimchuk had a pair of assists and added an empty-net goal for Brandon as the Wheat Kings won their fifth in a row, and moved four points ahead of idle Kelowna for first-place in the Western Hockey League’s overall standings.
The Wheat Kings have outscored their opponents 15-0 in the third period of their last five games, all of them victories.
“We’ve been able to be comfortable in close, low-scoring games which is a good sign given the time of year we’re at and going into playoffs, so that’s encouraging,” said McCrimmon.
|Jordan Papirny stopped 24 shots Tuesday including|
11 in the second period.
Brandon will close out their regular season by visiting Moose Jaw Friday before hosting the Warriors on Saturday.
Kelowna will entertain Seattle Wednesday before closing with a home-and-home series against Vancouver on Friday and Saturday.
Chaff...D Kale Clague (lower body) took the pre-game warmup before being scratched...F Tanner Kaspick left Tuesday’s game with an undisclosed injury...Brandon scratched F Reid Duke (lower body), F Quintin Lisoway (lower body) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy)...D Eric Roy played in his 320th career game Tuesday, moving into sole possession of second-place on Brandon’s all-time list...Brandon improved to 26-8-0-1 on the road this season.