Thursday, 8 October 2015

Wheat Kings Look for Third Straight Win

Flyers' Director of Player Development Kjell Samuelsson
in conversation with Ivan Provorov during Thursday's practice.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have scored 14 goals in their last two games, and Tanner Kaspick would like nothing better than to get in on the action.

  The second-year Wheat Kings' forward is looking for his first goal of the season after leading the team in pre-season scoring with four goals and seven points.

  "I think I'm playing well, I think I'm moving my feet," said Kaspick after Thursday's practice, "I think I'm getting a lot of chances so as long as that's happening, I'm not too worried about it."

  While the Brandon product hasn't gotten on the scoresheet so far in 2015-2016, he has been contributing to the Wheat Kings' cause in other ways this season including being a part of the club's penalty-kill units.

  "It's just showing up and trying to do whatever I can to win," added Kaspick, who centred a line in practice on Thursday, "I think our team is starting to turn to around, we're getting better every day and I think that's my  job is to whatever I can to help the team win, that's the focus right now."

  Kaspick isn't alone in his quest for his first goal of the season as Brandon has yet to get a goal from a forward outside of their top two lines.

  Brandon continues their home stand this weekend, hosting the Kootenay Ice Friday night and the Edmonton Oil Kings on Saturday night.

  Backup goaltender Logan Thompson could get his first start of the season in one of the two contests after Jordan Papirny started the club's first five games of the regular season.

  It'd be Thompson's first game action since start the second-last game of the pre-season on September 18th.

  "I just have to be practicing hard, every day.  You never know when you're going to get called upon so you just have to always be ready," said Thompson, "That's the role of the backup, just to always be ready when the time comes to play, so."

  Thompson had a 1.50 goals against average and .957 save percentage in three appearances in the pre-season.

Chaff...the Wheat Kings need to reduce their roster to the maximum of two import players by the end of the day Friday...the WHL's 20-year old deadline is October 15...Rihards Bukarts would be serving the third and final game of his three-suspension Friday...John Quenneville and Nolan Patrick take three-game point-scoring streaks into Friday's contest...Philadelphia Flyers' Director of Player Development Kjell Samuelsson was on the ice at Wheat Kings' practice Thursday.  He's in Brandon to help monitor the progress of Ivan Provorov, Philly's first round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft...Brandon product Joel Edmundson made his NHL debut with St. Louis Thursday, playing 12:29 and getting into a fight with Edmonton's Eric Gryba. Check out the video here.

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