Kris Foucault kept the Calgary Hitmen's post-season roll going on Friday night.
Foucault scored twice to lead Calgary to a 5-2 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers in their Western Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal opener. The Hitmen rebounded from a 3-1 deficit in their first-round series to oust the Moose Jaw Warriors in seven games. Calgary has now won four playoff games in a row.
Medicine Hat had been on a four game streak of its own, beating the Kootenay Ice in six games in the opening round of the post-season.
The series will resume in Calgary on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the WHL: it was Brandon 6 Saskatoon 5; and Tri-City 5 Kelowna 3.
At Calgary, Brandon Kozun added a goal and an assist for the Hitmen, while Del Cowan and Joel Broda also scored.
Jace Coyle and Tristan King replied for the Tigers.
Wheat Kings 6 Blades 5
At Saskatoon, Michael Ferland scored the first three playoff goals of his career and set up another as Brandon slipped by the Blades.
Brent Raedeke scored the winner for the Wheat Kings, while Brenden Walker and Brayden Schenn also tallied.
Marek Viedensky scored twice for Saskatoon, while Stefan Elliott, Walker Wintoneak and Jeremy Boyer rounded out the attack.
Brandon leads the series 1-0 and Saskatoon will host Game 2 on Saturday night.
Americans 5 Rockets 3
At Kennewick, Wash., Tri-City scored three goals in the third period - two in a span of 25 seconds - to snuff out Kelowna.
Adam Hughesman, Sergei Drozd and Johnny Lazo all scored in the third for the Americans, while Tyler Schmidt and Justin Feser tallied in the first period.
Geordie Wudrick, Lucas Bloodoff and Brandon McMillan replied for the Rockets.
The Americans will host Game 2 on Saturday night.