Friday, 18 December 2015

Big First Propels Wheat Kings to Win

James Shearer scored his first career WHL goal
in Friday's win.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings jumped out to a 3-0 first period lead and went on to a 4-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Friday night.

  Tim McGauley, Duncan Campbell and James Shearer scored in the first for Brandon, with Shearer’s goal being the first of his Western Hockey League career.

  “I thought we started the game fairly well.  If you look at our team game, we did a good job of playing with speed, I thought we directed enough pucks to the net early-on and had good net-front presence and were rewarded with a couple of goals,” said Brandon assistant coach David Anning on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Important start on the road, I thought we discouraged them early and it was nice to come out with the lead after 20 minutes.”

  Tyler Coulter added Brandon’s fourth goal 4 ½ minutes into the second period and Jordan Papirny made 31 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net, losing his shutout bid on a goal by Arthur Miller 6 ½ minutes into the third.

  “For me, tonight, he was the difference.  During the second half of the game, we gave up far too many chances against...I thought we chased the play,” said Anning, “It was a dangerous game we were playing and, thankfully, Jordan was one tonight. He slowed down the play when he needed to, he made the saves when he needed to, he was confident and I think he bailed us out a few times.”

  Friday’s victory allowed the Wheat Kings to maintain their four-point lead over second-place Prince Albert in the East Division standings.

  Brandon closes out their pre-Christmas schedule by visiting the Raiders on Saturday (6:30 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...Nolan Patrick was held pointless Friday, ending his point-scoring streak at ten games...G Logan Thompson returned to Brandon’s lineup after missing three games with an upper body injury...Brandon scratched F Stelio Mattheos (upper body), F Jayce Hawryluk (Cdn Jr. Team), F John Quenneville (Cdn Jr. Team) and D Ivan Provorov (Russian Jr. Team)...Friday’s game was the 132nd of Papirny’s career, moving him past Jamie Hodson and into fifth-place on the Wheat Kings’ all-time list...Reid Duke assisted on McGauley’s first period power-play goal for the 150th point of his WHL career.

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