Friday, 13 May 2016

Thomson Focused on Title, not Friendships

Jordan Thomson during Brandon's practice at the
ShoWare Center on Thursday.
  There’s a sense of familiarity for Brandon Wheat Kings’ defenceman Jordan Thomson during the Western Hockey League’s Championship Series.

  Thomson has not one, not two but five former teammates he’s playing against in this series against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

  The Wawanesa, Manitoba product played with Landon Bow, Cavin Leth, Andreas Schumacher and Owen Seidul with the Swift Current Broncos and was teammates with Josh Uhrich in Saskatoon.

  “There’s five guys on the other team I’ve played with in the past, but right now it’s a serious time,” said Thomson Thursday after Brandon’s practice at the ShoWare Center, “Last game was what it was and, regardless of who’s on the other team, it’s business.”

  Of Thomson’s former teammates on the Thunderbirds, Bow has been the biggest contributor to Seattle’s success.

  The 6-foot-5 goaltender has a 1.73 goals against average and .934 save percentage in 17 playoff games this spring.

  “He’s a really good goaltender and, to beat him, we have to get people in front of the net and pucks funnelled to the front of the net,” said Thomson, “Just do our systems that we practice and I think everything should be alright for us.”

  The Wheat Kings are hoping Friday the 13th will be their ‘lucky day’ tonight when they visit Seattle in Game Five.

  Brandon can claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup for the first time since 1996 with a victory, which would be their 30th road win of the season.

  The Wheat Kings failed in their first chance to claim the title Wednesday, but Thomson says they still feel pretty good about the situation that they’re in.

  “Our guys in there are all dialed in and ready to go,” said Thomson, “If someone told us a week ago that we’d have a 3-1 lead, we’d all be pretty happy.”

  Brandon goaltender Jordan Papirny will make his 49th career playoff start Friday, which will tie him with former Vancouver Giants’ goaltender Tyson Sexsmith for fourth-place on the WHL’s all-time list for games played by a netminder.

Chaff...there was some concern that Brandon forward Jayce Hawryluk could be facing a suspension for an unpenalized ‘cup check’ on Seattle defenceman Turner Ottenbreit in the 3rd period of Game Four Wednesday but there was no announcement by the WHL as of late Thursday night...special teams in the series have Brandon 2-for-17 on the power-play (11.8%) and 16-for-22 (72.7%) on the penalty-kill...WHL playoff leaders on the Wheat Kings include John Quenneville (goals, 15), Nolan Patrick (points, 27), Jayce Hawryluk (assists, 20) and Macoy Erkamps (plus/minus, +21)...Rouyn-Noranda Huskies punched their ticket to the Memorial Cup defeating Shawinigan 7-2 Thursday night to take QMJHL Final in five games...the London Knights captured the OHL title Wednesday, beating Niagara 1-0 to take the league final 4-0.  The win earned the Knights their fourth trip to the Memorial Cup in the last five years.

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