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.
Lethbridge Hurricanes at Calgary Hitmen – Scoring & Highlights
Series tied 3-3
Taylor Ross scored 3:57 into overtime Sunday, capping off a wild 7-6 overtime win for the Lethbridge Hurricanes against the Calgary Hitmen to extend their first-round series to a seventh game. Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) each had a goal and three assists, with Addison scoring the tying goal to force overtime. Captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins), Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche), 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens and Zachary Cox also scored for the Hurricanes.
Cael Zimmerman led the offensive charge for the Hitmen with a goal and three points. Kaden Elder, captain Mark Kastelic, and James Malm each added a goal and an assist. Devan Klassen and Ryder Korczak also scored.
Edmonton Oil Kings at Medicine Hat Tigers – Scoring & Highlights
Oil Kings win 4-2
Vince Loschiavo powered the Edmonton Oil Kings into the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs with a goal 2:43 into the first overtime period Sunday, eliminating the Medicine Hat Tigers. Captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) had a goal and an assist while Wyatt McLeod and Conner McDonald also scored for the Oil Kings. Todd Scott stopped 26 of 29 shots for the win.
Tigers captain James Hamblin scored twice in the contest while Corson Hopwo also found the back of the net. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped 32 shots in the narrow loss.