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.
Saskatoon Blades at Prince Albert Raiders – Scoring & Highlights
Raiders lead 1-0
Prince Albert Raiders forward Sean Montgomery recorded his first career WHL Playoff hat trick and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Leason notched four points (1G-3A) as the Prince Albert Raiders rode an offensive wave to a 6-1 victory in Game 1. Parker Kelly (Ottawa Senators) scored two goals and Ian Scott (Toronto Maple Leafs) stopped 23 shots to boost the Raiders as well. Recording the lone goal for the Blades was captain Chase Wouters.
Victoria Royals at Vancouver Giants – Scoring & Highlights
Giants lead 1-0
Captain Jared Dmytriw recorded a goal and an assist and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram had a pair of assists to lead the Vancouver Giants’ offensive charge against the Victoria Royals Friday in a 3-0 win. Both goaltenders were strong in net with 2019 NHL Draft prospect Trent Miner recording his first shutout in WHL Playoff history stopping 15 shots for the Giants. Victoria’s Griffen Outhouse stopped 28 shots for the Royals.
Davis Koch opened the scoring in the first period while Dawson Holt added an empty-net goal.