Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Toth, Rebels Blank Wheat Kings

Jordan Papirny played his 121st career game on Wednesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings have lost three in a row for the first time since March of 2014.

  Red Deer blanked Brandon 4-0 Wednesday behind 31 saves from goaltender Rylan Toth.

  The game had a similar script to Brandon's road loss in Swift Current on Saturday, with the Wheat Kings falling behind 1-0 in the first period and giving up the 2-0 goal in the early stages of the second period.

  On Wednesday, it was Winnipeg Jets' draft pick Michael Spacek scoring 1:40 into the middle frame to give the Rebels the two-goal advantage.

  "They scored the 2-0 goal in the second and, for whatever reason, we don't keep the structure in our game that you need to have to have a chance at success," said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ's post-game show, "In an effort to try and improve the situation, we do some things that make it worse."

  The Wheat Kings have now scored two goals on 107 shots over their last three contests, and scored three or fewer goals in eight straight contests.

  It's an offensive shortage that Brandon fans haven't seen in quite some time.

  "We just need to get back to the basics," offered Brandon forward Tanner Kaspick after Wednesday's game, "We need to play with a lot more structure and work ethic and I think the rest will come from that."

  The loss was also Brandon's fifth in eight games on home ice this season (3-3-0-2).

  The Wheat Kings return to action Saturday when they host the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7:30 p.m., Westman Communications Group Place).

Chaff...Wheat Kings' Jayce Hawryluk, Nolan Patrick, Kale Clague and Ivan Provorov and Rebels' Haydn Fleury, Conner Bleackley and Ivan Nikolishin were all in their respective teams' lineups Wednesday after all seven players participated in the CHL Canada/Russia series on Monday and Tuesday...Brandon scratched F John Quenneville (lower body), F Tim McGauley (upper body), F Braylon Shmyr (illness), F Tak Anholt (conditioning) and D Mark Taraschuk (healthy) on Wednesday...Wheat Kings' G Jordan Papirny played in his 121st game Wednesday, moving him past Ron Hextall and Rick Knickle into 8th-place on Brandon's all-time list...attendance Wednesday was 5,108, the Wheat Kings' largest crowd of the season...approximately $14,000 was raised in the sale of the military-themed jerseys the Wheat Kings wore on Wednesday, with the money going to the United Way's Community Fund that supports military families...Medicine Hat has lost goaltender Austin Lotz, 20, for the rest of the season as the St. Adolphe, Manitoba product will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery.

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