Sunday, 18 October 2015

Wheat Kings Open Trip with Win

Tanner Kaspick had a key shorthanded goal for
Brandon on Saturday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings opend an eight-game road trip with a 4-1 victory in Saskatoon on Saturday night.

  Tanner Kaspick’s shorthanded goal 6:16 into the second period proved to be the game-winner for Brandon, who led 1-0 after the first period despite being outshot 13-9 in the opening frame.

  It was a bit of a sluggish opening 20 minutes for Brandon, but the club dominated most of the final two periods to skate away with their sixth win of the  young season.

  “I thought in the second period and the third period, we played a much heavier game.  We were protecting the puck well, we had the puck a lot,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “I t hink they had 13 shots after one period, they only had 11 over the final two periods so I thought we responded pretty well and played a pretty solid game tonight.”

  Macoy Erkamps had a goal and an assist for the second straight night for Brandon while John Quenneville and Jayce Hawryluk also scored for the Wheat Kings.

  Jordan Papirny made 23 saves in the Brandon net, allowing only a second period goal to Ryan Graham with the Wheat Kings already ahead 3-0.

  Brandon is now 6-1-0-2 overall including a perfect 3-0-0-0 record on the road, during which they’ve allowed just two goals against.

James Shearer made his Wheat Kings' debut
on Saturday/
  “You need to play well to win on the road.  We talked before the game about good road habits,” said McCrimmon, “ Discipline, work ethic, your start to the game, shift length...just some things that help you get in games and help you do well playing with the lead, which we were able to do.”

  Brandon will continue their eight-game road trip Wednesday when they visit the Spokane Chiefs (8:35 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...newcomer James Shearer made his Wheat Kings’ and WHL debut Saturday, going pointless with an even plus-minus...Brandon scratched F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Ty Lewis (upper body), F Linden McCorrister (healthy), D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) and D Dominic Thom (healthy)...the Wheat Kings have now won nine straight games in Saskatoon.

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