Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Papirny Set for Challenge

Jordan Papirny is ready for the Oil Kings'
challenge in the first round.
  One of the challenges facing the Brandon Whaet Kings in the opening round of the playoffs is a quality goaltender at the other end.

  Pittsburgh Penguins' second round pick Tristan Jarry led the Oil Kings to the WHL title and a Memorial Cup a year ago, and is in his fourth season in the WHL.

  Jarry is considered one of the league's top netminders, but the Wheat Kings also have a pretty decent goaltender in second-year man Jordan Papirny.

  "You try to out-battle the guy at the other end," said Papirny after Tuesday's practice, "For me, it's about outplaying the other guy.  It's a bit of a team game as well...the win is the most important thing at this time of the year so that's what we're going for."

  Papirny led the WHL in wins this season with 44 while also finished sixth in the league in goals against average (2.74) and save percentage (.910) while playing the third-most minutes of any netminder (3,566).

  The Edmonton product got nine playoff games under his belt last spring, and starred in Brandon's second round loss to the Oil Kings.

  Papirny feels that experience will be invaluable to him this year.

  "It's a quite turnaround," said Papirny, "Some things go up-and-down and it's important to stay even keeled, as a goalie, not get too high or too low and be able to bounce back when the team needs you."
2014 1st overall pick Stelio Mattheos was one of
18 players that participated in Tuesday's practice

  Papirny, the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 Bantam Draft, is looking forward to being in his hometown next week when Brandon visits the Oil Kings for Games #3, #4 and #5 of the series but says it'll be an all-business trip this time around.

  Brandon will host the opening two games of their Eastern Conference quarter-final Thursday and Friday at Westman Communciations Group Place.

  The team continued its preparations Tuesday with a practice that was missed by seven players because of injury or illness.

  Among those not on the ice were Jayce Hawryluk and Ivan Provorov.

  Meanwhile, it doesn't appear Reid Duke will be ready for the start of the post-season Thursday.

  The Minnesota Wild draft pick missed the final 16 games of the regular season with a lower body injury.

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