Red Deer, AB. – The Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings will be without 18-year old netminder Corbin Boes for some time.
The club has learned that Boes suffered a broken hand during Thursday night’s game in Edmonton and will be lost to the club indefinitely.
A native of Saskatoon, the 6’3” 216 lb. Boes has appeared in 22 of the Wheat Kings thirty-two games this season, compiling an 11-5-0-1 record, a 3.00 goals against average, one shutout as well as a .908 save percentage. As a 17-year old rookie in 2010-11, the former Portland Winterhawks’ bantam draft pick posted a 3.44 goals against average and one shutout in 33 games.
With Boes out, the bulk of the Wheat Kings’ netminding chores is expected to fall on veteran Brandon Anderson. The Langley, B.C. native, who was acquired from Lethbridge in October in exchange for Liam Liston and Spencer Galbraith, has played in 19 games this season, compiling a 4.11 goals against average, an .883 save percentage and a record of 7-9-1-1.
Serving as Anderson’s Sunday afternoon against the Hitmen in Calgary will be 15-year old Jordan Papirny. One of two first round picks by the Wheat Kings in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, the Edmonton product is currently a member of the 8-7-4 SSAC Athletics of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League. Papirny was a gold medal winning goaltender for Team Alberta at the Western Canadian Under 16 Challenge Cup in October.
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