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.
Prince Albert Raiders at Saskatoon Blades – Scoring & Highlights
Raiders lead 2-1
Nolan Maier stopped all 26 shots and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Kirby Dach scored the lone goal as the Saskatoon Blades got back in their series with a 1-0 win against the Prince Albert Raiders. Maier stopped seven shots in the first, 11 in the second, and eight in the third while Dach’s goal came 4:21 into the opening period. Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 26 of 27 shots for Prince Albert in the narrow loss.
Edmonton Oil Kings at Calgary Hitmen – Scoring & Highlights
Oil Kings lead 3-0
Wyatt McLeod was the overtime hero Tuesday night, scoring 2:46 into overtime to send the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 2-1 win and a 3-0 series advantage. Zach Russell scored for Edmonton in the second, but Calgary Hitmen captain Mark Kastelic tied up the game late in regulation on the power play. Dylan Myskiw stopped 24 of 25 shots for the win.
Vancouver Giants at Victoria Royals – Scoring & Highlights
Giants lead 3-0
Owen Hardy’s second goal of the game came 13:34 into the first overtime Tuesday, sending the Vancouver Giants to a 5-4 win and a 3-0 series lead. Goals from Captain Jared Dmytriw, Milos Roman (Calgary Flames), Alex Kannok Leipert (Washington Capitals), and Hardy featured in regulation. Sean Gulka, Igor Martynov, Mitchell Prowse, and Carson Miller scored for the Royals while Griffen Outhouse stopped 52 of 57 shots in the contest.