Each week during the Canada West men’s hockey season, CW and the Western Hockey League honour three WHL Grads now playing in CW. Here are the CW-WHL three stars for the weekend of February 15-17, as the conference playoffs opened with quarter-final action.
FIRST STAR: F – Jamal Watson
Mount Royal Cougars
WHL experience (2011-2016): Lethbridge Hurricanes, Seattle Thunderbirds, Swift Current Broncos
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 15 – 2A in 4-2 win at UBC / Saturday, Feb. 16 – 0 pts. in 3-1 loss at UBC / Sunday, Feb. 17 – 1G-1A in 5-2 road win vs. UBC.
Former Swift Current Bronco Jamal Watson helped power the Mount Royal Cougars to a quarter-final win over the UBC Thunderbirds in Vancouver over the weekend.
The third-year forward combined for a goal and three assists, as MRU needed three games to get past UBC on the West Coast.
The Cougars earned a 4-2 win in Game 1 of the series, as Watson had a pair of assists in the Friday victory. A 3-1 setback Saturday in Game 2 meant a third and deciding game was needed, as the Cougars skated away with a 5-2 win in Game 3 on Sunday.
Watson is coming off a 15-point regular season campaign, and will look to carry his playoff scoring touch into this weekend’s best-of-three semifinal against the Saskatchewan Huskies.
SECOND STAR: F – Tyler Sandhu
WHL experience (2013-2017): Everett Silvertips, Red Deer Rebels, Tri-City Americans
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 15 – 1G in 4-2 loss to MRU / Saturday, Feb. 16 – 2G in 3-1 win vs. MRU / Sunday, Feb. 17 – 0 pts. in 5-2 loss to MRU.
Tyler Sandhu did his part over the weekend to keep the UBC Thunderbirds’ season alive. But despite a three-goal weekend, Sandhu’s T-Birds bowed out of the CW playoffs in three games to the Mount Royal Cougars.
The former Tri-City Americans captain netted a trio of goals over the first two games of the quarter-final series, including a pair Saturday in UBC’s 3-1 Game 2 win.
That, however, would prove to be the final points of Sandhu’s 2018-19 season, as UBC fell Sunday 5-2 in Game 3 of the series.
THIRD STAR: F – Matt Alfaro
WHL experience (2013-2017): Kootenay Ice, Lethbridge Hurricanes
GAME LOG: Friday, Feb. 15 – 1G in 5-1 win vs. Lethbridge / Saturday, Feb. 16 – 1G-1A in 4-3 2OT win vs. Lethbridge.
Matt Alfaro and the Calgary Dinos moved onto the second round of the CW men’s hockey playoffs over the weekend thanks to a sweep of the Lethbridge Pronghorns.
The former Lethbridge Hurricane netted a pair of goals and added an assist, as Calgary swept the ‘Horns in the conference quarter-finals.
Alfaro had a goal and an assist Friday in Calgary’s convincing 5-1 Game 1 victory, before adding a goal in the Dinos’ gritty 4-3 double-overtime win in Game 2.
Thanks to their win over the University Cup host ‘Horns, Calgary advanced to the CW semifinals. They’ll make the trek north this weekend to face the Alberta Golden Bears, with Game 1 slated for Friday night in Edmonton.
About Canada West men’s hockey:
Each season more than 100 WHL Graduates use their WHL Scholarship with one of eight Canada West men’s hockey programs. Through CW’s continued partnership with the WHL, players are given the opportunity to pursue high level hockey and a degree simultaneously, allowing student-athletes to achieve their athletic and academic goals.
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About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.