Friday, 25 September 2015

Papirny Set to Shoulder Load

Jordan Papirny
  Jordan Papirny says he's ready to shoulder the load in the Wheat Kings' net again this season.

  The third-year goaltender played a combined 78 regular season and playoff games last season and the most minutes of any netminder in the Western Hockey League.

  Papirny says that workload was good experience for him, and something he feel a little more prepared to do this season.

  "It was definitely a workload, and I think you learn little things about taking care of your body off the ice," said Papirny, "The nutrition factor, rolling out and flushing after games really helps.  For me to already have that is a really big advantage, and I kind of know what to expect."

  Papirny recorded 44 wins last season, the most for a Wheat Kings' goaltender since Glen Hanlon set the WHL record with 59 in 1976-77 while also finished sixth in the WHL in goals against average (2.74) and save percentage (.910).

  Those numbers helped Papirny earn invites to the Edmonton Oilers' summer development camp and rookie camp, but they aren't want will fuel him the most heading into his third full season with Brandon this year.

  Instead, its the pain of coming up short of capturing the Ed Chynoweth Cup last spring.

  "The season didn't end the way we wanted it to last year.  We were on the right path and, obviously, fell short there in the final," said Papirny, "I haven't been able to swallow that all summer and it definitely gets you really excited for this season and makes you more hungry."

  Papirny is expected to be between the pipes Friday night when they Wheat Kings open their 2015-2016 campaign by hosting the Swift Current Broncos.

  The pre-game festivities, including the unveiling of the three banners Brandon won last season and the ceremonial opening faceoff with Wade Redden and Geoff McIntosh, begin at 7:20 p.m.

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