Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Wheat Kings' OT Magic Ends

Jordan Papirny makes one of his 30 saves on Tuesday
  Adam Tambellini scored 3:07 into overtime as the Calgary Hitmen downed the Brandon Wheat Kings 2-1 on Tuesday night.

  “I think it was Ivan that came around the net there and went to wheel and he kind of mishandled it,” said Brandon goaltender Jordan Papirny on CKLQ’s post-game show, “It ended up getting popped up into the slot and their F3 was there, he put all his body into that one and blew it right by me.”
  It was Tambellini’s second goal of the game after he had tied the contest with a power-play goal with 9:19 left in the third period.
  John Quenneville had opened the scoring for Brandon, netting his team-leading seventh of the playoffs 4:23 into the second period.
  Brandon had chance to extend that lead, including a pair of power-play opportunities in the middle frame, but were unable to increase their advantage.
  “Not enough urgency in our game, not enough speed to our game, work ethic wasn’t where we expect it to be or what we’re used to seeing,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “All those things combined have a pretty big impact on your team game.”
  Papirny finished with 30 saves in the Brandon net while Brendan Burke stopped 33 shots in the Calgary goal.
  The Wheat Kings still hold a two games to one lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final, with Game #4 on Wednesday night in Calgary (7:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).
Chaff...after four straight overtime victories in the playoffs, Tuesday's loss was Brandon first in overtime this spring...the Wheat Kings dressed the same lineup as they did for Game #2, scratching D Kale Clague, F Tanner Kaspick, F Reid Duke, F Quintin Lisoway, D Mark Taraschuk, F Ty Lewis and G Logan Thompson...Brandon captain Peter Quenneville saw his five-game goal-scoring streak end Tuesday while Jayce Hawryluk’s eight-game point streak also ended...Brandon’s loss Tuesday guarantees there’ll be a Game #5 at Westman Communications Group Place on Friday.  Tickets for Game #5 go on sale Wednesday at 8 a.m. at the Keystone Centre Box Office.

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