Thursday, 31 March 2016

Wheat Kings Take Game Three

Nolan Patrick had one of Brandon's goals on Wednesday.
  The Brandon Wheat Kings got back into their first round playoff series with a 3-1 victory in Edmonton on Wednesday night.

  Jayce Hawryluk assisted on all three of Brandon’s goals while Jordan Papirny made 34 saves in the Wheat Kings’ net.

  Papirny was at his best in the opening 20 minutes, stopping all 11 shots he faced including three of four good quality Edmonton chances.

  “We were, I don’t know, slow, tentative...I didn’t think we generated much,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “Jordan made some good saves, he made some good saves to keep us in it.”

  After a goalless opening period, Brandon rookie Connor Gutenberg opened the scoring with his first career WHL playoff goal just over four minutes into the second period.

  Lane Bauer, who returned to Edmonton’s lineup after missing the first two games of the series with an injury, tied it for the Oil Kings at the ten and a half minute mark.

  Nolan Patrick scored a power-play goal with 1:23 left in the middle frame to give the Wheat Kings a 2-1 lead, and Tyler Coulter added another power-play goal 5 ½ minutes into the third period to give Brandon a two-goal cushion.

  Brandon had been 0-for-12 with the man advantage in the series before Patrick and Coulter scored their power-play goals.

  “If we had let that many opportunities slip through our fingers, it would have cost us the game,” said McCrimmon, “Patrick on a wrist shot and then a really nice play Hawryluk to Coulter to give us that insurance and allow us to build on that lead.”

  Papirny had to come up big again before the game ended, making a couple of quality saves on an Edmonton power-play midway through the third period.

  Edmonton still holds a 2-1 series lead, with Game 4 at Rexall Place on Thursday night (7:40 p.m. CDT, 880 CKLQ).

Chaff...there were no changes in Brandon’s lineup, with D Schael Higson, D/F Mark Matsuba and F Garrett Armour being scratched...Brandon was 2-for-8 on the power-play while the Oil Kings were 0-for-2...tough night for Edmonton leading scorer Brett Pollock, who was pointless and took four minor penalties...attendance was 6,115...Brandon prospects Caiden Daley, Rylan Bettens the Manitoba champion Winnipeg Wild open the Telus Cup Western Regionals in Saskatoon on Thursday.

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