Sunday, 20 September 2015

Wheat Kings First Taste of new OT Bitter

Jordan Papirny made 32 saves Saturday night.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings closed out their pre-season schedule on Saturday night with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

  Jayden Halbgewachs scored 3:27 into extra time to five the Warriors the victory in what was Brandon’s first real experience in the new 3-on-3 overtime format.

  The first thing that stuck out was how important puck possession will be under the new rule.

  “There’s a few things...missing the net with a shot will generate a chance against you just as quick as can be,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Losing possession of the puck...we dumped the puck in overtime one time which, to me, isn’t something that we’ll do again.”

  Kale Clague’s power-play goal just past the midway mark of the second period opening the scoring but Moose Jaw tied it up just over three minutes later on a goal from Roblin, Manitoba product Josh Brook, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 Bantam Draft.

Kale Clague had Brandon's only goal, his
third of the pre-season.
  Both goaltenders had strong performances with Brandon’s Jordan Papirny stopping 32 shots and Zach Sawchenko making 30 saves in the Moose Jaw net.

  The Wheat Kings finish their pre-season with a 3-0-1-0 record.

  “With the players that we had away, we sure got a chance to look at everybody which is ultimately what you’re trying to do in the pre-season,” said McCrimmon, “With first nine players away at camp and now still five players away at NHL Camp, we’ve had an opportunity to see players in a lot of different situations.”

  Brandon will open their 2015-2016 regular season Friday night against the Swift Current Broncos (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Brandon scratches included G Logan Thompson, D Colton Waltz and F Rylan Bettens along with the five players away at NHL Camps in Ivan Provorov (Flyers), John Quenneville (Devils), Jayce Hawryluk (Panthers), Reid Duke (Wild) and Tim McGauley (Capitals)...Russell product Rylee Zimmer was among Saturday’s scratches for the Warriors.

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