It took an extra period but the Vancouver Giants rallied to a playoff win Friday night.
James Henry's goal 33 seconds into overtime gave Vancouver a 4-3 comeback victory over the Kamloops Blazers in the first game of their Western Hockey League opening-round post-season series.
Henry's shot from the high slot trickled through kneeling Kamloops goaltender Kurtis Mucha on Vancouver's lone shot of the extra session.
Vancouver out-shot Kamloops 37-14 but could not score on nine power play chances. The Blazers went one-for-three in man-advantage situations.
The Giants won six of eight meetings with the Blazers during the regular season. But four were decided in a shootout and another was settled in overtime.
The game got off to a testy and action-packed start as five players - three from Vancouver and two from Kamloops - were penalized for a skirmish at the 1:29 mark.
The Giants lead the series 1-0. Vancouver will host Game 2 Saturday night.
Elsewhere in the WHL it was: Brandon 5 Swift Current 2; Kootenay 6 Medicine Hat 2; Tri-City 4 Chilliwack 2 and Everett 5 Kelowna 4 (OT). At Vancouver, Craig Cunningham scored two goals and Tomas Vincour supplied Vancouver's other goal as the Giants rallied from an early 3-1 deficit.
Austin Madaisky, Brendan Ranford and Ryan Hanes replied for the Blazers.
Wheat Kings 5 Broncos 2
At Brandon, Man., Matt Calvert scored two goals and set up another as the Wheat Kings beat Swift Current.
Scott Glennie had a goal and three assists for the Wheat Kings, who host Game 2 on Saturday. Brent Raedeke and Brayden Schenn, with an empty-netter, also scored for Brandon.
Taylor Vause notched both goals for the Broncos. The Wheat Kings lead the series 1-0.
Ice 6 Tigers 2
At Cranbrook, B.C., Kevin King and Dustin Sylvester each had a goal and an assist as Kootenay dumped Medicine Hat.
Matt Fraser, Hayden Rintoul, Brock Montgomery and Joey Leach had the other markers for the Ice.
Emerson Etem and Matt MacKay scored for the Tigers.
Game Two goes Saturday night in Cranbrook. Kootenay has a 1-0 series lead.
Americans 4 Bruins 2
At Kennewick, Wash., Tri-City scored three goals in a span of 1:26 early in the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit and hand Chilliwack a loss.
Kruise Reddick tied the game a 1-1 for the Americans, followed quickly by Brendan Shinnimin and Neal Prokop. Sergei Drozd rounded out the attack for Tri-City.
Dylen McKinlay scored for the Bruins, and Ryan Howse added a late power-play goal, but it was not enough to get Chilliwack back in the game.
Tri-City will host the next game in the series Saturday night. The Americans have a 1-0 series lead.
Silvertips 5 Rockets 4 (OT)
At Everett, Wash., Dan Iwanski scored 5:18 into overtime, giving the Silvertips a victory over Kelowna.
Curtis Kulchar tied the game for Everett with 4:26 remaining in regulation to force overtime. Byron Froese, Zack Dailey and Kellan Tochkin also scored for the Silvertips.
Antoine Corbin, Geordie Wudrick, Brett Bulmer and Collin Bowman tallied for Kelowna.
Game 2 will be played in Everett Saturday night. The Silvertips have a 1-0 series lead.
(With files from Brandon Sun, Cranbrook Daily Townsman)