2019 Western Hockey League Playoffs Three Stars: Saturday, March 23, 2019
1. : Mads Sogaard, Medicine Hat Tigers: 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard put on a 49-save performance against the Edmonton Oil Kings to win the first game of the series in Alberta’s capital.
The Aalborg, Denmark product recorded his first WHL Playoff win, 2-1, stopping 13 shots in the first period, 23 shots in the second and 14 shots in the third to fall just shy of his all-time shot stopping record of 50 shots.
2. : Jake Leschyshyn, Lethbridge Hurricanes: The Vegas Golden Knights prospect recorded the first hat trick of his WHL Playoffs career in a 4-1 win for the Hurricanes against the Calgary Hitmen. Leschyshyn’s hat trick came of the natural variety as he tallied the second, third, and fourth goals of the game.
The Saskatoon, Sask. product now has three goals in two games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs and 13 points (8G-5A) in 30 WHL Playoff games for his WHL Playoffs career.
3. Roddy Ross, Seattle Thunderbirds: Roddy Ross earned the first win of his WHL Playoffs career with a gem, stopping 39 of 40 shots in a 4-1 win against the Vancouver Giants. Ross stopped 11 shots in the first, 11 in the second, and 17 in the third.
The Meadow Lake, Sask. product was the backbone to the Thunderbirds’ second-half surge to end the regular season, going 16-5-1-2 in 25 games with a 2.76 goals-against-average, and a .919 save percentage.