April 8, 2010 - Western Hockey League (WHL) - Brandon Wheat Kings
Brandon, MB. -- Playing inside the friendly confines of Westman Place for the first time in eighteen days wasn't enough Wednesday night as the Brandon Wheat Kings fell 5-4 to the visiting Saskatoon Blades in game three of their Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Semi-Final.
The loss snapped a 6-game playoff winning streak for the Wheat Kings, who now lead the best of seven second round series two games to one with game four scheduled for Friday night.
Darian Dziurzynski scored a pair of third period goals for Saskatoon, who battled back from a 3-1 second period deficit.
After a scoreless first period, Walker Wintoneak scored early in the second period to give the Blades the lead. Brandon's Shayne Wiebe tied it with his first ever WHL playoff goal just 22 seconds later and then Colby Robak and Scott Glennie scored goals for the Wheat Kings to give Brandon a 3-1 lead.
Before the end of the second period however, the Blades tied the score with Jyri Niemi and Derek Hulak beating Brandon goalkeeper Andrew Hayes, who finished the game with 23 saves.
Brent Raedeke, with his fourth goal of the series, rounded out the scoring for the Wheat Kings with just over a minute remaining in regulation time.
Due to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, the Wheat Kings who finished as the WHL's second seed this season with a 50-18-1-3 record, were forced to open this series on the road in Saskatoon meaning that this series has been set up as a 2-3-1-1 affair. Brandon will not only host game four on Friday night, but the fifth game on Saturday as well.
Tickets to both weekend games go back on sale first thing Thursday morning at the Keystone Centre box office. Fans can also call 726-3555 or go online at ticketmaster.ca