Monday, April 4, 2011

Tigers take out Wheat Kings, WHL 2nd Round set

The Medicine Hat Tigers took their first lead of their first round series with Brandon after winning game 5. They closed out the deal tonight in Winnipeg with a victory over Brandon, taking the series 4-2. The Wheat Kings had the Tigers on the ropes in game 5 with a pair of 3 goal leads but Medicine Hat roared back and scored the game winner with 25 seconds to go. Tonight they didn't need a comeback as they jumped in front for good in the 2nd and never looked back. The Wheat Kings actually had the advantage in the first outshooting Medicine Hat 12-6 but Devan Dubyk was perfect and his teammates gave him a 2-0 lead. The Tigers scored 55 seconds into the second frame and built up a 5-2 lead after 40 minutes. Brandon actually outscored Medicine Hat 3-2 in the 3rd but it wasn't enough as the Tigers take it 7-5. Emerson Etem scored twice for the Tigers while Michael Ferland had a hattrick for Brandon.

Here now is a look at the second round match ups.



Saskatoon Blades vs Kootenay Ice
#1 - Kootenay @ Saskatoon Fri. April 8 7:05pm
#2 - Kootenay @ Saskatoon Sat. April 9 7:05pm
#3 - Saskatoon @ Kootenay Tues. April 12 7:00pm
#4 - Saskatoon @ Kootenay Wed. April 13 7:00pm
#5 - Kootenay @ Saskatoon Sat. April 16 7:05pm**
#6 - Saskatoon @ Kootenay Mon. April 18 7:00pm**
#7 - Kootenay @ Saskatoon Wed. April 20 7:05pm**


Red Deer Rebels vs Medicine Hat Tigers
#1 - Medicine Hat @ Red Deer Fri. April 8 7:30pm
#2 - Medicine Hat @ Red Deer Sat. April 9 7:30pm
#3 - Red Deer @ Medicine Hat Tues. April 12 7:00pm
#4 - Red Deer @ Medicine Hat Wed. April 13 7:00pm
#5 - Medicine Hat @ Red Deer Sat. April 16 7:30pm**
#6 - Red Deer @ Medicine Hat Mon. April 18 7:00pm**
#7 - Medicine Hat @ Red Deer Wed. April 20 7:00pm**



Portland Winterhawks vs Kelowna Rockets
#1 - Kelowna @ Portland Thurs. April 7 7:00pm RG
#2 - Kelowna @ Portland Sun. April 10 5:00pm RG
#3 - Portland @ Kelowna Tues. April 12 7:05pm
#4 - Portland @ Kelowna Wed. April 13 7:05pm
#5 - Kelowna @ Portland Fri. April 15 7:00pm** RG
#6 - Portland @ Kelowna Sun. April 17 5:05pm**
#7 - Kelowna @ Portland Tues. April 19 7:00pm** RG
RG – Rose Garden


Spokane Chiefs vs Tri-City Americans
#1 - Tri-City @ Spokane Sat. April 9 7:05pm
#2 - Tri-City @ Spokane Sun. April 10 6:05pm
#3 - Spokane @ Tri-City Tues. April 12 7:05pm
#4 - Spokane @ Tri-City Thurs. April 14 7:05pm
#5 - Spokane @ Tri-City Sun. April 17 7:30pm**
#6 - Tri-City @ Spokane Tues. April 19 7:05pm**
#7 - Tri-City @ Spokane Wed. April 20 7:05pm**

** - if necessary * - All times are local

Second Round Match-Ups are based on Conference Rankings. 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd
All Series in the 2010 WHL Playoffs are best-of-seven formats.


go_oil said...

Are either Pitlick or Bunz going to be able to play in the secon round?

Dean Millard said...

haven't and likely won't hear anything from Tigers on this. It's like with Brett Connolly in Prince George. The Cougars kept saying day to day when he was never likely going to play in that series, but you want your opponent to prepare for your best line up every night. Pitlick should be getting close though.

Bruce said...

Rumour is Bunz will be ready. Rebels are probably hoping otherwise. Tyler had a couple of great games in the Centrium this year. Not too many guys have outplayed Darcy Kuemper but Bunz got the better of him twice in a row right in Red Deer. 80 shots, 3 GA.

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