|Jordan Papirny was pulled for the first time in his WHL|
playoff career on Tuesday.
The victory allowed Red Deer to narrow Brandon’s lead in the WHL’s Eastern Conference Final to two games to one.
“We gave ourselves no chance with the early goal, the inability to stay in the game which is so important on the road, to keep games close,” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon, “If you’re in the game and you keep it close then you always have a chance. We fell behind early and then three goals against in a couple of minutes is what put us in an insurmountable hole.”
The Rebels jumped on Brandon early, with Austin Strand scoring 1:51 into the opening period to give Red Deer a 1-0 lead.
The Rebels then scored three times in a span of two minutes and two seconds, starting with Haydn Fleury’s third goal of the series at 12:24 and ending with Evan Polei goals at 14:26 that ended the night for Wheat Kings’ starting netminder Jordan Papirny.
In between was a goal from Braden Purtill that came just seven seconds after Fleury made it 2-0, just one second short of the WHL record for fastest two goals held by Brandon’s Brad McCrimmon and Laurie Boschman on April 24, 1979.
Papirny headed to the bench after the fourth Red Deer goal, allowing four goals on nine shots in being pulled for the first time in 42 career playoff starts.
“I think Jordan has had better nights,” said McCrimmon, “He’d be the first to admit that he needs to be better and we expect that he will.”
John Quenneville scored his playoff-leading 11th goal of the post-season and Kale Clague added a goal and an assist for the Wheat Kings in the contest.
Game Four goes Wednesday night in Red Deer (7:38 p.m., 880 CKLQ), with Game Five back in Brandon on Friday.
Tickets for Game Five will go on sale Wednesday morning (11:00 a.m.) at the Keystone Centre box office.
Chaff...Logan Thompson made his WHL playoff debut in relief of Papirny and stopped 23 of 25 shots...Brandon scratched D Schael Higson, D/F Mark Matsuba, F Garrett Armour and F Caiden Daley...Quenneville's goal moved him into a tie with Lance Monych for 7th-place on the Wheat Kings' all-time playoff scoring list (52 points)...Brandon’s Reid Duke saw his 10-game point streak end Tuesday but F Tim McGauley extended his point-scoring streak to nine games...Kale Clague’s 12 points in the playoffs are tied for the most among WHL defencemen in the post-season...Seattle defeated Kelowna 3-1 on Tuesday to take a 3-0 lead in the WHL’s Western Conference Final.