Sunday, 21 February 2016

Raiders Edge Wheat Kings

Nolan Patrick pushed his goal-scoring streak
to nine games on Sunday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings opened a five-game road trip with a 3-2 loss in Prince Albert on Sunday night.

  Jordan Tkatch and Parker Kelly scored in the final 20 minutes for the Raiders after the Wheat Kings carried a 2-1 lead into the third period.

  Jesse Lees had the other Prince Albert goal, with Nolan Patrick and John Quenneville scoring for Brandon.

  “We had a lot of opportunities to score and, probably at the end of the day, maybe not enough urgency with the opportunities we did have,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “When I thought we carried the play and had a chance to build on our lead, we didn’t.”

  Patrick’s first period goal extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games, and gives him 22 goals in 22 games since the Christmas break.

  Rylan Parenteau made 35 saves in the Raiders’ net and was named the game’s first star while Jordan Papirny stopped 20 shots in the Brandon goal.

  “He made a lot of saves,” added McCrimmon on Parenteau’s performance, “It wasn’t a case of being stretches where we didn’t play well, I thought we played pretty well throughout the course of the night.”

  The result leaves Brandon with a six-point lead over the second-place Raiders in the East Division standings, and three points behind first-place Lethbridge in the Eastern Conference standings.

  It’ll be a quick turnaround for the Wheat Kings as they face the Saskatoon Blades on Monday morning/afternoon (11:05 a.m., 880 CKLQ).

  The Blades are hosting their Kinsmen Team Up for Respect promotion Monday, with 8,000 school kids attending the contest.

Chaff...Brandon F Jayce Hawryluk was held off the scoresheet Sunday, ending his point-scoring streak at eight games...Wheat Kings’ scratches were F Connor Gutenberg (lower body) F Linden McCorrister (upper body), F Jaeger White (healthy) and F/D Mark Matsuba (healthy)...Brandon went 0-for-3 on the power-play and were 4-for-4 on the penalty-kill...the Wheat Kings were 2-4-0-0 in their season series with the Raiders, with Sunday’s game the final regular season matchup between the two teams...Brandon captain Macoy Erakamps played his 328th career game Sunday, second-most among active WHL players.

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