2019 Western Hockey League Playoffs Three Stars: Friday, April 26, 2019
1. Aliaksei Protas, Prince Albert Raiders: The 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Raider forward scored the first hat trick of his WHL Playoffs career as part of a four-point night against the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Protas scored the first, second, and fourth goals of the game for the Raiders, picking up a primary assist on their third goal as well in a 4-0 win to give his team 3-2 advantage in the series.
The rookie forward from Vitebsk, Belarus has 12 points (8G-4A) in 15 games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
2. Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders: The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and Raider goaltender stopped all 24 shots sent his way in a 4-0 shutout of the Edmonton Oil Kings in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Championship. Scott stopped 13 shots in the first, six in the second, and five in the third for the victory on home ice at the Art Hauser Centre.
The Calgary, Alta. product has now appeared in 15 games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs, sporting a 11-4 record with one overtime loss, a 1.83 goals-against-average, .929 save percentage, and three shutouts. For his WHL Playoffs career, Scott has a 14-8 record with three overtime losses while maintaining a 2.36 GAA, .915 SV%, and three shutouts.
3. David Tendeck, Vancouver Giants: The Arizona Coyotes prospect and Giants’ goaltender stopped 27 of 29 shots in Friday’s Game 5 win to clinch the Western Conference Championship for the Giants. Tendeck stopped five shots in the first, 12 in the second, and 10 in the third for the 3-2 win.
The North Vancouver, B.C. product improved to 8-2 in the 2019 WHL Playoffs with one overtime loss. He’s also maintained a 2.04 GAA and a .925 SV%. In his 15-game WHL Playoffs career, Tendeck has a 10-4 record with two overtime losses, a 2.55 GAA, and a .906 SV%.