#WHLPlayoffs Roundup: Hurricanes, Silvertips advance to second round with wins Saturday

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Swift Current Broncos (2) at Regina Pats (7)
Series tied 3-3
Game 7: Monday, April 2 – Innovation Credit Union i-Plex, Swift Current, Sask. – 7:00 p.m. MT

The Regina Pats and Swift Current Broncos are going to seventh heaven.

Cameron Hebig (Edmonton Oilers) tallied a pair of goals and an assist, captain Sam Steel (Anaheim Ducks) added a goal and three points, while Robbie Holmes and Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) each had and a goal and an assist in the rout.

Holmes and Hebig had the lone goals in the first period while Hebig’s second of the game and Leschyshyn made it a 4-0 score before the midway point of the second period.

Giorgio Estephan got one back for the Broncos in the middle period, but exactly two minutes later, Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche) added to the Broncos’ tough night.

Goals from Steel and Matt Bradley closed out the Pats’ scoring while Max Patterson had the Broncos’ second goal in the contest.

Ryan Kubic earned the victory, stopping 25 of 27 shots. Stuart Skinner (Edmonton Oilers) stopped 19 of 24 shots before giving way to Joel Hofer, who stopped seven of nine shots in the third period.

Brady Pouteau had a career night with three assists for the Pats in the victory.

Game Seven of the first round series will go Monday in Swift Current.

Prince Albert Raiders (5) at Moose Jaw Warriors (1)
Moose Jaw leads series 3-2
Game 6: Sunday, April 1 – Art Hauser Centre, Prince Albert, Sask – 6:00 p.m. MT

The Prince Albert Raiders are heading back to the Art Hauser Centre with their WHL Playoffs dream still alive.

Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) made 31 saves on 32 shots and Sean Montgomery had the first multi-goal game of his WHL Playoffs career as the Prince Albert Raiders secured a 5-1 victory in the first must-win game of their season Saturday night at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Goals from Montgomery and Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) featured in the first period while Max Martin tallied just past the midway mark of the second period to make it a 3-0 lead for the visiting side.

The Warriors would get on the board late in the second period as 2018 NHL Draft prospect Justin Almeida found the back of the net for what would end up being the Warriors’ lone goal of the game.

The third period featured Montgomery’s second goal of the game and captain Curtis Miske tallying his second of the series.

Brody Willms finished with 17 saves on 22 shots while Adam Evanoff added another four saves in 8:59 of action.

Red Deer Rebels (4) at Lethbridge Hurricanes (6)
Lethbridge wins series 4-1

The Lethbridge Hurricanes came out ahead in a wild third period to punch their ticket to the second round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs Saturday night with a 6-4 victory over the Red Deer Rebels.

Brad Morrison capped off an epic five-game performance against the Rebels, tallying a pair of goals and four points in the victory. Taylor Ross added two goals while 2018 NHL Draft prospect Calen Addison and Hurricanes’ captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins) each recorded a goal and an assist.

Morrison opened the scoring in the first, only to have Rebels captain Grayson Pawlenchuk and Brandon Hagel (Buffalo Sabres) respond for the visiting side. The period would end with a deadlock through as Bellerive came through with his fourth of the post-season to make it 2-2 after 20 minutes.

Alexander Alexeyev would make it a 3-2 game after 40 minutes, but the game was just truly beginning.

In the third, Addison and Ross scored 83 seconds apart in the first five minutes to turn a one-goal deficit into a one-goal advantage for the Hurricanes. Reese Johnson responded to make it a 3-3 contest, but just 60 seconds later, Ross had his second of the game and the series-winning goal while Morrison added an empty-net goal late.

Tate Olson added a pair of assists while rookie Dylan Cozens closed out an eight-point performance in the series with a single assist in Game Five.

Logan Flodell stopped 20 of 24 shots in the victory. Ethan Anders faced a 49-shot barrage in the loss, stopping 44 of them.

The Hurricanes will now await the winner of the series between the Medicine Hat Tigers and Brandon Wheat Kings.

Vancouver Giants  (5) at Victoria Royals (3)
Vancouver leads series 3-2
Game 6: Monday, April 2 – Langley Events Centre, Vancouver, B.C. – 2:00 p.m. PT

For the first time since the 2009-10 season the Vancouver Giants will have a chance to clinch a series in the WHL Playoffs.

A 5-3 victory over the Victoria Royals gave the Giants a three-to-two series lead Saturday night as 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram scored twice while former Royal Jared Dmytriw tallied the game-winning goal against his former club.

Davis Koch had the only goal of the first, followed by goals 45 seconds apart from Byram to make it a 3-0 game early in the second. Dmytriw would cap off a 148-second stretch with Vancouver’s third goal in that period, making it an insurmountable 4-0 score the Royals wouldn’t be able to come back from.

The home side Royals did their best to make a game of it though with goals from Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames) and Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) to cut it down to a two-goal deficit midway through the third.

James Malm would strike for Vancouver’s only goal of the period though, keeping the Giant’s lead at a pair after Dante Hannoun added a late goal for the Royals.

After taking the loss in Game Four, David Tendeck bounced back to stop 26 of 29 shots in the victory. Griffen Outhouse stopped 26 of 31 shots in the loss.

Dawson Holt had a pair of assists for the Giants while Royals defenceman Kade Jensen added a pair of helpers. Phillips added a pair of assists as well to give him three points on the night.

The two teams will head back to Langley for a duel Monday afternoon in Game Six.

Spokane Chiefs (5) at Portland Winterhawks (4) – OT
Portland leads series 3-2
Game 6: Monday, April 2 – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. – 7:00 p.m. PT

Kailer Yamamoto (Edmonton Oilers) first goal of the 2018 WHL Playoffs was a big one, helping the Spokane Chiefs overcome the Portland Winterhawks in overtime Saturday night to keep their season alive.

Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) and Nolan Reid each added a goal and an assist while Jaret Anderson-Dolan (Los Angeles Kings) potted three assists in the victory.

A back-and-forth start to the game saw Mason Mannek and Riley Woods trade goals before Cody Glass (Vegas Golden Knights) put the Winterhawks up by one after 20. Hudson Elynuik (Carolina Hurricanes) would tie up the contest 12:38 into the second period, only to have Ryan Hughes respond 19 seconds later, keeping the Winterhawks ahead heading to the third.

McGrew tied up the game early in the third, but Dennis Cholowski’s (Detroit Red Wings) fourth of the series with 6:27 to go seemed to seal the deal. The Chiefs were far from done though as Reid tied the game with 30 seconds to go and Yamamoto blasted a shot past Cole Kehler (Los Angeles Kings) 9:19 into the first overtime.

Dawson Weatherill earned the victory, stopping 40 of 44 tough shots. Kehler was equal to the task in the contest, stopping 49 of 54 shots.

The series will now head back to Spokane for Game Six on Monday.

Seattle Thunderbirds (0) at Everett Silvertips (-4
Everett wins series 4-1

The Everett Silvertips left nothing to chance Saturday as they advanced to the second round of the 2018 WHL Playoffs, shutting out the Seattle Thunderbirds 4-0, finally overcoming a team that had historically dominated them in the post-season.

Carter Hart (Philadelphia Flyers) provided the exclamation point with a 36-save shutout while Connor Dewar led the way offensively with a goal and three points.

Riley Sutter opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period, one that would stand up as the game-winner. Goals from Ondrej Vala (Dallas Stars) and Patrick Bajkov (Florida Panthers) contributed second period goals and Dewar added the icing on the cake into the empty net late in the third.

Hart meanwhile stopped 11 shots in the first, 14 in the second, and 11 more in the third.

Liam Hughes put in a valiant 42-save performance, but wound up with the loss. Donovan Neuls led the Thunderbirds with six shots on net. Garrett Pilon (Washington Capitals) added a pair of assists in Everett’s victory.

The Silvertips will now await the winner of the series between the Portland Winterhawks and Spokane Chiefs.

#WHLPlayoffs schedule for Sunday, April 1
Game 6 – Moose Jaw Warriors at Prince Albert Raiders – 6:00 p.m. MT (MJ leads 3-1)
Game 6 – Medicine Hat Tigers at Brandon Wheat Kings – 7:00 p.m. CT (BDN leads 3-2)

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