|Jordan Papirny starred in Brandon's victory Sunday.|
A pair of third period goals and a stellar performance from Jordan Papirny propelled the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings on Sunday night.
Jayce Hawryluk and Macoy Erkamps scored goals 3 ½ minutes apart early in the third period as Brandon overcame a 2-1 deficit after 40 minutes to grab a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
“Johnny’s (Quenneville) line was going that whole time and (Braylon) Shmyr made a pass to me and a I saw an open lane,” said Erkamps of his first career WHL playoff goal, “I put my head down and it ended up going in so I’m pretty thankful for that.”
Papirny made that one-goal lead hold up for the rest of the third period, thanks in part to a Edmonton goal that was disallowed after video review.
The no-goal at the 8:48 mark of the third period came after it was ruled Brandon Baddock had intentionally directed the puck into the Brandon net off his chest.
Papirny, an Edmonton product, stopped all 16 shots he faced in the third period including a goal-mouth stop on Edgars Kulda with just under a minute remaining and the Oil Kings’ net empty for an extra attacker.
“He was really, really good. The first thing that comes to mind is his play down the stretch in the final five minutes and in the last minutes with the goalie out,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “He was not going to let a goal in and you need to have that at playoff time.”
|The Wheat Kings celebrate their Game #3 win.|
Brandon was won back-to-back games after losing the series opener but Erkamps says they can still improve heading into Game #4 on Tuesday.
“It was kind of a slow start but the guys battled back and we were able to get the greasy win,” said Erkamps, “We, for sure, have to better the next game.”
Chaff...Brandon was 0-for-3 on the power-play while Edmonton was 1-for-4...Brandon welcomed F Duncan Campbell and F Tanner Kaspick back to their lineup Sunday after both rookies had missed the opening two games of the series. It was the WHL playoff debut for both...the Wheat Kings scratched G Logan Thompson, D Mark Taraschuk, D Mark Matsuba, F Stelio Mattheos, F Reid Duke and F Quintin Lisoway...Duke, who has missed the last 16 games of the regular season and the first three of the playoffs, took part in Brandon’s optional gameday skate on Sunday...Lisoway is expected to undergo season-ending knee surgery on Monday.