SASKATOON - Michael Ferland scored his first three career playoff goals and set up another as the Brandon Wheat Kings slipped by the Saskatoon Blades 6-5 in the Western Hockey League on Friday night.
Brent Raedeke scored the winning goal for Brandon with 9:31 to play in the third period as Brandon took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal.
Brenden Walker and Brayden Schenn also scored for the Wheat Kings.
Marek Viedensky scored twice for the Blades, who host Game 2 of the series on Saturday. Stefan Elliott, Walker Wintoneak and Jeremy Boyer rounded out the attack.
Saskatoon netminder Steven Stanford made 24 saves, while Jacob DeSerres stopped 35 shots for Brandon.