On Friday night, Brandon lost to the Lethbridge Hurricanes by a lopsided score of 5-1 in the opening game of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Alberta. With their lone goal coming from former Winnipeg High School Hockey League player, and most recently Rink Hockey Academy National Marcus Sekundiak, the Wheaties looked out of place and found much difficulty in beating Hurricanes’ goaltender Logan Flodell.
Once again leading the way for Lethbridge was the WHL Playoffs’ leading point scorer Brad Morrison, who picked up three assists in the game, boosting his playoff total to six goals and 13 assists for 19 points in six games.
In a solid attempt to bounce back, Brandon took it to the Lethbridge in game two on Saturday night, jumping ahead 4-0 midway through the second period of play. However, the Wheat Kings took their feet of the gas and allowed the Hurricanes to creep back into the game, with five unanswered strikes – including the game-winner in overtime.
Once again Sekundiak opened the scoring for Brandon, who also saw goals by Connor Gutenberg, Stelio Mattheos and Evan Weinger, before the Hurricanes rallied from behind. It was an admirable effort from Lethbridge, who put on quite the show for their fans watching live at the Enmax Center.
With just three minutes left in overtime, Tate Olson collected his third goal of the playoffs, with none other than Brad Morrison picking up the primary assist on the play – his second point of the night, boosting his playoff total to 21 points in seven games.
Brandon will look to rebound from their second 2-0 deficit of the postseason when they return home to Brandon to play their first playoff game in their home barn Tuesday. As the Brandon Winter Fair was in town for the first round of the WHL playoffs, Dauphin hosted the Wheat Kings and Tigers for Brandon’s home games last week. Westoba Place in Brandon will be the site of games three and four on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 P.M. central.
By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jeff Miller