#WHLPlayoffs Tonight: April 23, 2019

Larry Brunt/Spokane Chiefs


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 Edmonton Oil Kings – Scoring & Highlights 

Oil Kings lead 2-1

A four-goal second period powered the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 5-1 win Tuesday and a 2-1 advantage in the Eastern Conference Championship. Vince Loschiavo had a pair of goals as part of a three-point night while captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) recorded three assists. Conner McDonald notched the game-winning goal while 2019 NHL Draft prospects Matthew Robertson and Josh Williams also scored. Sean Montgomery had the lone goal for the Raiders while Dylan Myskiw stopped 28 of 29 shots for the victory.


Vancouver Giants at Spokane Chiefs – Scoring & Highlights

Giants lead 2-1

Forward Jake McGrew (San Jose Sharks) scored 8:51 into the first overtime Tuesday, lifting the Spokane Chiefs to a 3-2 win and bringing them back into the Western Conference Championship against the Vancouver Giants. The Chiefs never trailed in the contest as Eli Zummack opened the scoring in the second before Justin Sourdif responded for the Giants. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luke Toporowski then scored to put the Chiefs ahead before Giants’ captain Jared Dmytriw leveled the playing field once again. Bailey Brkin stopped 27 of 29 shots for the win.

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