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Wheat Kings enter break on a high note

Brandon Wheat Kings' Ryley Lindgren looks for an opening between  Moose Jaw Warriors Kirk Johnson and Jesse Forsberg (#29) during Saturday night's Western Hockey League game at Westman Place.

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Brandon Wheat Kings' Ryley Lindgren looks for an opening between Moose Jaw Warriors Kirk Johnson and Jesse Forsberg (#29) during Saturday night's Western Hockey League game at Westman Place.

There's nothing like a win to bring a little festive spirit back into the locker-room.

Jordan Papirny made 36 saves as the Brandon Wheat Kings bounced back from Friday's disheartening loss to the Kelowna Rockets with a 4-1 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday at Westman Place. With their seventh win in as many games against the Warriors this season, the Wheat Kings (18-14-3-0) went into their 12-day Christmas break tied for fifth in the Western Hockey League's Eastern Conference with the Regina Pats.

"Any time you go into a break, it's obviously nice to go on a high note, and we did that tonight," said Papirny, whose team has gone 3-0-1-0 in its past four contests to move four games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 28, 2012.

Chad Robinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Brandon attack, while Tyler Coulter, Quintin Lisoway and Jens Meilleur, with an empty-net goal, also scored. Defenceman Rene Hunter dished out three assists.

One night earlier, the Wheat Kings carried a two-goal lead over the WHL-leading Rockets into the final minute  before Kelowna scored twice in the final 38 seconds and once more in overtime to snatch victory from Brandon. Robinson felt it was important for his team to earn some redemption before the break.

"I think tonight we approached it as a must-win after the one that stung last night, and I think the guys responded tonight," he said.

Robinson opened the scoring 3:23 into the game, with Coulter netting the eventual game-winner in the second period. Tanner Eberle got the Warriors (8-21-3-3) back within a goal midway through the middle frame, but Lisoway restored Brandon's two-goal lead before the second intermission.

Moose Jaw fired 17 shots at Papirny in the third, but the only goal was Brandon's as Meilleur clinched the victory with eight seconds left and the Wheat Kings short-handed.

With veterans Tim McGauley, Eric Roy and Curtis Honey all out of the lineup with various ailments, while Richard Nejezchleb is trying out for the Czech national junior team, Brandon's youngsters stepped into the spotlight on Saturday. Papirny and Coulter are rookies, Lisoway is in his first full WHL season and another freshman, Braylon Shmyr, set up two goals.

"Really the last month I think our young guys have taken a big step collectively," Wheat Kings head coach/general manager Kelly McCrimmon said. "And on a night like tonight when we're missing Nejezchleb, McGauley and Roy along with Honey of course, we wouldn't have got the job done without those guys taking on some responsibility."

ONE-TIMERS: Moose Jaw G Justin Paulic stopped 23 shots … The Wheat Kings were 0-for-1 on the power play, while the Warriors were 0-for-3 … Attendance was 3,072 … Brandon is 9-3-3-0 in its last 15 games … The Wheat Kings return from the break with four games in five days, hosting the Pats on Dec. 27 before beginning a four-game road trip the next night in Regina … Brandon will play six games in the first nine days following the break.

» rhenders@brandonsun.com

 

 

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