The host team dropped a 2-0 decision to the Brandon Wheat Kings in the opening game of the Southwest Cougars pre-season hockey tournament last night in Souris. The Cougars will face the Parkland Rangers on Saturday and then play the defending Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League champion Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday. The Interlake Lightning, Eastman Selects and Central Plains Capitals are also playing in Souris this weekend. The Cougars will open the 2010-2011 season on Friday, October 1st in Souris against the Kenora Thistles.