Monday, 26 October 2015

Hill Too Much to Climb for Wheat Kings

  The Brandon Wheat Kings’ four-game winning streak came to an end Sunday night with a 5-0 loss to the Portland Winterhawks.

  Adin Hill stopped 45 shots for his league-leading third shutout of the season, with the Arizona Coyotes’ draft pick stopped 17 shots in each of the first two periods.

  “I think got a goal in the first 40 minutes or not giving up the second one...it was a really bad goal against by Jordan and I thought that affected us,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We did carry the play through two periods, there’s no question about that.”

  Dominic Turgeon had two goals and an assist for Portland to extend his goal-scoring streak to five games, with both of his goals coming on Winterhawks’ power-plays.

  The Wheat Kings, meanwhile, went 0-for-6 on the power-play to leave them 2-for-28 with the man advantage over their last six contests.

  It was a second period power-play that McCrimmon felt was particular hurtful to their cause.

  “For me, of the power-plays, I was most disappointed was the fourth one which came right after they had made it 2-0,” said McCrimmon, “We had an opportunity on the power-play and that was where he didn’t respond as well to that 2-0 goal as well as I would have seen us, so that power-play I didn’t like us.”

  Jordan Papirny gave up all five Portland goals on 24 shots before being pulled after the fifth goal with 7:45 left in the third period.

  It was just the second time in Papirny’s WHL career that he was pulled midway through a contest.

  The loss leaves Brandon with an 8-2-0-2 record overall and three points behind first-place Prince Albert in the Eastern Conference.

  The Wheat Kings continue their road trip Tuesday against the U.S. Division-leading Seattle Thunderbirds.

Chaff...F Reid Duke returned to the Brandon lineup Sunday after missing one game with a lower body injury...F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), D Mark Matsuba (healthy) and F Linden McCorrister (upper body) were Brandon’s scratches on Sunday...Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk saw his point-scoring streak end at eight games Sunday (9 G, 10 A)...the Wheat Kings haven’t won in Portland since October 27, 2007...Brandon F Stelio Mattheos will leave Monday to join the Canada-Black team for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge that begins on November 1st.

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