The Brandon Wheat Kings fell 7-2 at the hands of the Medicine Hat Tigers Friday evening on road in their first game of the Western Hockey League's playoffs.
It wasn't even close.
Following three-goal first and second periods, the Tigers only put up one goal in the third period - bringing their game total to seven goals on the night. Brandon responded with a goal from Luka Burzan in the first period, and with another from team captain and Brandon, Manitoba product James Shearer in the third.
Although handily outshooting Medicine Hat 34-25, the Wheat Kings were just unable to beat 6-foot-5, 210 pound goaltender Jordan Hollet.
Special teams made the different Friday as Brandon scored on only one of seven power play chances. Medicine Hat recorded two goals on just four opportunities with the man advantage.
Wheaties' netminder Logan Thompson was yanked midway through the second period, after allowing six goals on 18 shots. Dylan Myskiw played solidly for the remainder of the game, stopping six of seven pucks directed his way in a little under half an hour's work.
Tigers' captain Mark Rassell and alternate Kristians Rubins each put up a goal and two assists for three points in the series' opening game.
Winnipeg's own Stelio Mattheos led the way for Brandon, registering one assist, while racking up five shots on net and winning 10 of 18 face offs.
The Wheat Kings will look for revenge in game two on Sunday, before the series moves to Dauphin for games three and four. Puckdrop from Medicine Hat's Canalta Centre is set for 7:00 P.M. central time on Sunday.
By Carter Brooks
Photo by Marissa Baecker