PENALTIES KILL WHEATIES IN PLAYOFF OPENER

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It was a night to forget for the Brandon Wheat Kings on Friday as they dropped a 7-2 decision in game one of the WHL’s Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.

The Tigers got a hat-trick from Mark Rassell and converted on four of nine power plays on the night to walk away with the victory.

“It’s tough to win games when you take that many penalties,” said forward Tanner Kaspick.

“It’s the playoffs, we have to just put this in the rearview mirror and move on and try and get a split.”

The Wheat Kings were outshot 52-28 on the night including a 18-7 stretch in the first period.

Logan Thompson finished the night with 45 saves while Michael Bullion wasn’t tested all that often, making 26 saves for the win.

Of the Tigers seven goals, five of which were scored with a Wheat King in the box. Not only did the Tigers get four goals while on the power play, they scored  the games opening goal 4 on 4.

Brandon got goals from Stelio Mattheos and Tyler Coulter but failed to gain any traction throughout the game and found themselves trailing all night long.

Despite the loss, nobody is hitting the panic button.

“We have an experienced group of guys,” added Kaspick.

“We all know what its all about. We need to forget about this and move on to the next one.”

David Quenneville finished the night with three assists while four other Tigers finished with multi-point nights.

The two teams will meet again on Saturday night. Game time at the Canalta Centre is 8:30 MB time. The CKLQ pre-game show begins at 8:00.

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