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#WHLPlayoffs Three Stars: Round One

Jonathon Howe/Cindy Adachi/Marissa Baecker

 

The Western Hockey League is please to announce the WHL Three Stars for Round One of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Leading the way in Round One was Victoria Royals captain Matthew Phillips (Calgary Flames), who tallied 16 points (6G-10A) in his team’s seven-game series against the Vancouver Giants. In the final four games of the series, Phillips played at another level, recording a pair of four-point games and two three-point efforts. In Game Six and Game Seven, he had multi-goal efforts, scoring the series-winning goal in Game Seven and setting up the overtime winner by teammate Noah Gregor in Game Six.

Phillips was twice named the first star of the night across the WHL during Round One of the 2018 WHL Playoffs.

Earning second star honours for Round One was Lethbridge Hurricanes overage forward Brad Morrison. Morrison was the best player on both teams in the five-game series against the Red Deer Rebels, tallying 16 points (6G-10A) to tie Phillips for the WHL Playoffs scoring lead. Though he had five multi-point efforts in the series, it was his Game Two performance that stood out the most as he recorded six points (2G-4A) to lead his team to an 8-3 victory.

Morrison was named the first star of the night across the WHL once while also earning second star of the night honours once.

Rounding out the Round One edition of the WHL Three Stars was Tri-City Americans forward Morgan Geekie (Carolina Hurricanes), who led the league in goals throughout the opening round, finishing with 13 points (9G-4A) overall as his Americans swept the B.C. Division champion Kelowna Rockets in four games. Geekie was also recently named as the WHL’s Player of the Month for March 2018.

Geekie was twice named the first star of the night across the WHL and picked up a second star of the night honours too throughout his series.

 

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