Sunday, 6 September 2015

Patrick Scores OT Winner in Intrasquad Game

Dario Winkler (in black) and Nolan Patrick battle for position
during the second period of Sunday's game.
  Rookies shone in Sunday's Wheat Kings' intrasquad game, but it was a sophmore that ended it.

  Nolan Patrick scored 31 seconds into 3-on-3 overtime as Team White downed Team Black 4-3 to bring the curtain down on the club's 2015 training camp.

  Four of the six goals scored in regulation came from first-year players, with import Dario Winkler having a goal and an assist for Team Black.

  "It was great to score some points today," said Winkler, the final pick of the CHL Import Draft in June, "It's getting better and better each day."

  A pair of 2014 draft picks rounded out the goal-scoring for Team Black in fifth rounder Connor Gutenberg and sixth rounder James McIsaac.

  "A lot better than last year.  I think I came in stronger physically and mentally too, knowing a lot more of the guys and knowing how it works around here and what the coaches and scouts like and all that," said the 5-foot-10, 160 pound McIsaac, "I was just prepared for it more and I think I got a little more skilled as well."

James McIsaac scored one of the goals for Team Black.
  Jeremy Klessens, Brandon's fourth round pick in 2014, scored the tying goal for Team White at 2:56 of the third period while returning players Reid Duke and Jayce Hawryluk had the other Team White goals.

  Jordan Papirny (19-of-21) and Hunter Arps (20-of-21) combined for 39 saves in the Team White net while Logan Thompson (20-of-22) and Josh Dechaine (15-of-17) stopped a combined 35 shots for Team Black.

  The Wheat Kings will have an off day Monday before practicing as a team for the first time on Tuesday.

  The club will begin preparations for their first pre-season game.

  That'll be Friday when they host the Regina Pats (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...the Wheat Kings are expected to release their 30-to-32 player pre-season roster at some point on Sunday evening...third-year F Tyler Coulter sat out Sunday's intrasquad game after suffering an injury during Saturday's scrimmages.

Hunter Arps stopped 20 of 21 shots during the second half of
Sunday's game for Team White.

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