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#WHLPlayoffs Tonight: April 24, 2019

Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs

 

On March 22, 2019, 16 Western Hockey League teams began play in the 2019 #WHLPlayoffs. Over the next two calendar months, teams will compete with one goal: the right to be called WHL Champions in 2019 and immortalize themselves in WHL history. 

From the first round, regional and divisional rivalries will separate the best from the rest as the field gradually shrinks in the second round and into the Eastern and Western Conference Championships. Finally, two teams will meet in the 2019 Rogers #WHLChampionship Series with the winner able to hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup. The champions will also earn a berth into the 2019 Memorial Cup presented by Kia, which will be held in Halifax, N.S. from May 16 to 26, 2019.

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Prince Albert Raiders at Edmonton Oil Kings – Scoring & Highlights 

Series tied 2-2

The Prince Albert Raiders bounced back with a 2-1 win Wednesday to even up the Eastern Conference Championship at two games apiece. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason and Noah Gregor (San Jose Sharks) scored for the Raiders while Wyatt McLeod broke up the Raiders’ shutout bid late in regulation. Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win.

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Vancouver Giants at Spokane Chiefs – Scoring & Highlights 

Giants lead 3-1

Dawson Holt scored 7:07 into the first overtime Wednesday, elevating the Vancouver Giants to a 3-1 series lead and pushing the Spokane Chiefs to the brink of elimination. A pair of goals from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Adam Beckman gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead, but goals from Jadon Joseph, 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram, and Brayden Watts shifted momentum to the visitors. Riley Woods would score late to force overtime, but the Giants would pull through in the end to claim the victory.

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