Sunday, 15 March 2015

Papirny Strong as Wheat Kings Bounce Blades

Jordan Papirny stopped 33 shots in Saturday's win.
  Jordan Papirny stopped 34 shots to pace the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 3-1 victory over the Saskatoon Blades on Saturday night.

  Ryan Pilon and Duncan Campbell scored third period goals for Brandon after the teams entered the final frame tied 1-1.

  Jayce Hawryluk opened the scoring for the Wheat Kings with a power-play goal with about 3 ½ minutes left in the first period while Ryan Graham tied it for Saskatoon with a Blades’ power-play eight minutes into the second period.

  Hawryluk finished with a goal and an assist and Braylon Shmyr had a pair of assists for the Wheat Kings but Tim McGauley was held without a point for the first time since January 13th.

  That brought an end to McGauley’s 24-game point-streak, the longest for a WHL player in 18 years.

  The 19-year old had 17 goals and 36 assists for 53 points during the streak and has 103 points, one behind WHL scoring leader Trevor Cox of the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Wheat Kings celebrate Ryan Pilon's go-ahead
goal in the third period.
  The victory allowed Brandon to maintain their two-point lead over the Kelowna Rockets in the race for first-place in the WHL’s overall standings.

  Both teams have three games remaining, with the Wheat Kings visiting Regina Tuesday and Moose Jaw Friday before hosting the Warriors in their regular season finale on Saturday.

Chaff...Brandon F Morgan Klimchuk was also pointless Saturday, ending his point-streak at 12 games (10 G, 13 A)...D Eric Roy played his 319th career game Saturday, tying him with Lance Monych for 2nd-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list...Brandon scratched F John Quenneville (upper body), F Nolan Patrick (upper body), D Kale Clague (lower body), F Reid Duke (lower body) and F Quintin Lisoway (lower body)...Brandon was 1-for-5 on the power-play and are 12-for-27 in their last seven games.

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