Sunday, 31 January 2016

Patrick's Late-Game Heroics Lifts Wheat Kings

Nolan Patrick
  A pair of late third period goals propelled the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 2-1 win over the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday night.

  Nolan Patrick scored the tying goal for Brandon with 3:42 left in regulation and then set up Tyler Coulter for the winning goal with 1:21 remaining.

  “What plays. The goal was just an unbelievable play against a goalie that hadn’t shown a crack all night,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Then some might argue the assist was nicer than the goal...the play that he makes to Coulter, who positioned himself to score the game-winner.”

  Jordan Papirny made 22 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net while Rylan Toth made 35 saves in goal for Red Deer.

  Toth was spectacular at times, particularly in the first period when Brandon outshot the Rebels 16-7, while Papirny also made some highlight reel stops to keep the game 1-0 until the late stages of the third period.

  “He didn’t have a lot of shots, but a lot of his work was on our penalty-kill...those are shots where he’s fighting through traffic,” said McCrimmon, “The one that comes to mind, his best save, is the back-door play in the second period where he saved a goal...exactly what he needed from (Papirny), we got.”

  The Wheat Kings finished 5-for-6 on the penalty-kill, giving up a power-play goal to Michael Spacek at 8:57 of the first period that gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead they nursed until the late third period heroics.

  The win moved Brandon to within one point of the second-place Rebels in the Eastern Conference standings, with the Wheat Kings holding two games in hand, while Brandon is also six points behind league-leading Lethbridge with one game in hand on the Hurricanes.

  Brandon concludes their 3-in-3 Alberta road trip Sunday when they visit the Calgary Hitmen (4:40 p.m., 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...F Garrett Armour was assessed a checking to the head major and game misconduct 6:22 into the contest. It’ll automatically be reviewed by the WHL office for a possible (probable) suspension...F Linden McCorrister left the game early in the first period with an undisclosed injury...Brandon scratches were F Tanner Kaspick (upper body), F Connor Gutenberg (lower body), F Jaeger White (healthy) and D Schael Higson (healthy)...Brandon’s league-best road record now sits at 17-7-1-0...Saturday’s game was the first time in 28 games the Rebels lost when leading after two periods.

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