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#WHLPlayoffs Tonight: April 2, 2019

Erica Perreaux/Lethbridge Hurricanes

 

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.


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Calgary Hitmen at Lethbridge Hurricanes  – Scoring & Highlights

Hitmen wins 4-3

The Calgary Hitmen have advanced to the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs. With a three-goal first period and a 25-save performance from Jack McNaughton, the Hitmen earned their second road win of the series they took a 4-2 decision over the Lethbridge Hurricanes Tuesday evening.

Calgary owned the first period of the game as Carson Focht scored twice with Riley Fiddler-Schultz adding his first of the playoffs between those goals.

As the first belonged to the Hitmen, the second was owned by the Hurricanes. Zach Cox and Alex Cotton answered back for the home side to bring them within a goal after 40 minutes.

The game spilled into the third period where the Hurricanes pressed desperately for the game-tying goal. However, Jack McNaughton made nine of his 25 saves in the final period to keep Lethbridge at bay. Captain Mark Kastelic added an empty-net goal to secure the win late. Seven different Hitmen skaters picked up a single assist in the win.

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