TROY FLEECE/REGINA LEADER-POST
Patrick D’Amico takes a backhand shot on Brandon Wheat Kings netminder Jordan Papirny on Friday night.
Jordan Papirny’s Western Hockey League debut would have been splendid were it not for Lane Scheidl.
Scheidl scored two Regina goals and assisted on the other as the Pats snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 3-2 home win over Papirny and the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday night in Regina.
Papirny, a first-round pick in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, was called up by the Wheat Kings last week after Corbin Boes was injured. The 16-year-old returned to his midget team in Edmonton after Friday’s game, but not before impressing Wheat Kings head coach Dwayne Gylywoychuk with a 21-save performance.
"Jordan did very well coming in for his first Western Hockey League game," said Gylywoychuk, whose club is last in the Eastern Conference and 13 points out of a playoff spot with an 18-31-2-2 record.
"He played like a veteran goaltender. He made some saves, he was challenged at times, he battled hard. He gave us a chance to win and that’s what you want in the Western Hockey League from your goaltender."
Morgan Klimchuk also scored for the Pats (19-27-3-3), while Jayce Hawryluk kick-started Brandon’s slumping power play by scoring once with the man advantage and adding another goal only one second after a Regina penalty expired.
Klimchuk opened the scoring in the first period just as the first minor of a 5-on-3 power play was expiring. Hawryluk snapped the Wheat Kings’ 0-for-29 power-play drought later in the frame, taking a pass from Tim McGauley and tucking it behind Regina netminder Matt Hewitt, who finished with 22 saves.
Neither team could find the net in the second period, although the Wheat Kings had plenty of power-play time to work with. Regina took three minors in a span of 3:06, but killed them all off, including a lengthy 5-on-3.
"It’s a situation where we’ve got to seize the opportunity," Gylywoychuk said. "They scored on their 5-on-3 (and) we’ve got to make sure that when we have a 5-on-3 we’ve got to be hungry, we’ve got to execute, we’ve got to make sure we take full advantage of it and we didn’t."
The teams traded goals in the third period before Scheidl notched the winner, jumping on a loose puck and popping it into the net with 3:32 to play.
ONE-TIMERS: McGauley had two assists … The loss was Brandon’s fourth straight … The Wheat Kings host the Pats tonight to open a seven-game homestand … Brandon finished 1-for-5 on the power play, while Regina was 1-for-3 … In addition toBoes (knee, indefinite),Brandon scratched LW/RW Richard Nejezchleb (hand, indefinite), C Tyrel Seaman (concussion, indefinite) and D Kord Pankewicz … Boes was named the Wheat Kings’ Tip Top Player of the Month for January, posting a 3.47 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 2, 2013