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.
Saskatoon Blades at Prince Albert Raiders – Scoring & Highlights
Raiders lead 2-0
Down 2-0 late in the second period, the Prince Albert Raiders scored three unanswered goals in a 2:40 span to secure a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades and a 2-0 series advantage. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach and Eric Florchuk (Washington Capitals) scored early on for the Blades, but the Raiders would eventually answer back with goals by Zack Hayes, Dante Hannoun, and Sean Montgomery. Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn the victory.
Calgary Hitmen at Edmonton Oil Kings – Scoring & Highlights
Oil Kings lead 2-0
The Edmonton Oil Kings are heading down to southern Alberta with a 2-0 series lead following a 4-1 win against the Calgary Hitmen Sunday. Quinn Benjafield, Liam Keeler, and 2019 NHL Draft prospects Matthew Robertson and David Kope scored for the Oil Kings while Carson Focht had the lone goal for Calgary. Dylan Myskiw stayed perfect against the Hitmen this season with a 26-save performance in net.
Spokane Chiefs at Everett Silvertips – Scoring & Highlights
Chiefs lead 2-0
Three unanswered goals by the Spokane Chiefs guided them to a 3-1 win against the Everett Silvertips Sunday and a 2-0 series advantage. Wyatte Wylie (Philadelphia Flyers) got Everett on the board first, but a highlight-reel goal from Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) tied it up minutes later in the opening period. Eli Zummack would score from close range in the second and Luc Smith scored into the empty net. Bailey Brkin stopped 30 of 31 shots for the victory.