|Rihards Bukarts scored one of Brandon's goals on Tuesday.|
Papirny stopped 34 shots to lead the Wheat Kings to a 3-2 win over Edmonton on Tuesday night, giving Brandon a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference quarter-final series.
The Wheat Kings have grabbed a stranglehold on the series with back-to-back one-goal victories at Rexall Place.
“That what’s playoffs is all about, it’s about winning games 3-2 and that’s kind of our mindset,” said Papirny, “Playing at Rexall, we have to take their crowd of it early and keep it simple.”
Papirny has stopped 138 of 147 shots in the series including 75 of 79 shots in Games 3 and 4 in Edmonton Sunday and Tuesday.
Tuesday’s game was goalless in the opening 20 minutes, with the Wheat Kings taking a 1-0 lead on Tyler Coulter’s second of the series 8:24 into the middle frame.
Rihards Bukarts then roofed a rebound from a Ryan Pilon point shot on a Brandon power-play at 13:45 to give the Wheat Kings a two-goal lead.
Andrew Koep scored with 57 seconds left in the second to get the Oil Kings to within one at the break, but Nolan Patrick restored Brandon’s two-goal lead 36 seconds into the third period, his first career WHL playoff goal.
Brandon Baddock completed the scoring, getting Edmonton back to within one with 39 seconds left in the third.
The Wheat Kings now have a chance to advance to the second round of the WHL playoffs Wednesday, when they visit the Oil Kings in Game #5.
“We need to expect more of the same. We didn’t think we were good enough in Game 3, we thought were better tonight and it’s going to take that same type of effort (Wednesday),” said Brandon GM/Coach Kelly McCrimmon on CKLQ’s post-game show, “We’re trying to end a team’s season, a team that isn’t used to being done hockey early. We know they’re going to have their best game and we need to do the same to match them.”
Game #5 Wednesday is a 9:12 p.m. faceoff (CDT), with 880 CKLQ’s pre-game show beginning at 8:40 p.m. (CDT).
Chaff...Brandon F Morgan Klimchuk was scratched for Game #4 due to an undisclosed injury...with Klimchuk out, the Wheat Kings put Mark Matsuba back in the lineup after he sat out Game #3...the Wheat Kings also sat G Logan Thompson, D Mark Taraschuk, F Reid Duke, F Quintin Lisoway and F Stelio Mattheos...Duncan Campbell assisted on Patrick’s third period goal for his first career WHL playoff point...Brandon D Ryan Pilon played sparingly throughout the contest.