Here are the 2019 Western Hockey League Playoff scenarios for Sunday, February 10.
The Vancouver Giants will clinch a berth:
If Vancouver wins in any fashion against the Prince George Cougars (2:00 p.m. PT/WHLLive.com).
With an 8-1-0-1 stretch in their last 10 games, the Giants have continued to impress at each point this season. Their 36-13-2-1 record is currently the best in the B.C. Division, allowing them to enjoy an 18-point lead over the second place Victoria Royals with 16 games remaining in their regular season.
The lead that matters Sunday is their 30-point advantage over the Kamloops Blazers, who can achieve a maximum of 77 points. A Sunday win would put the Giants, who hold 75 points entering play, at the Blazers’ maximum amount of possible points, also holding onto the tiebreakers.
Much of that thanks can be credited to a breakout year by 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram, whose 21 goals lead all defencemen in the Canadian Hockey League. His 51 points (21G-30A) rank fourth among WHL defensive scoring this season as well.
He isn’t the only one having success though as 20-year-old Davis Koch is playing above a point-per-game pace with 54 points (21G-33A) in 52 games and 19-year-old Milos Roman (Calgary Flames) has taken another step forward with 40 points (20G-20A) in 46 games this season, improving on last year’s totals.
A strong rookie campaign from Justin Sourdif has also aided the team’s performance with 26 points (14G-12A) in 48 games.
Even with a wealth of talent at forward and defence, the Giants are also set between the pipes in the duo of David Tendeck (Arizona Coyotes) and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Trent Miner. Miner has sported a 19-4-1-0 record this season with a 1.81 goals-against-average, 0.932 save percentage, and two shutouts. Tendeck has been equally impressive with a 17-9-1-1 record, 2.53 GAA, 0.906 SV%, and two shutouts.