SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. - Chad Labelle scored the winner 17:36 into the third period to give Medicine Hat a 2-1 victory over the Swift Current Broncos on Sunday and lift the Tigers into the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.
Curtis Valk tied the game 2:11 into the third period with his fourth of the post-season for the Tigers, who took the series 4-2. They'll play the Kootenay Ice in the next round.
Nathan Burns opened the scoring for Swift Current with his fourth at 9:35 of the second period. The Broncos were outshot 40-31.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun.
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday