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.
Calgary Hitmen at Edmonton Oil Kings – Scoring & Highlights
Oil Kings lead 1-0
A strong lead for the Calgary Hitmen saw Kaden Elder and Luke Coleman notch two goals early in the game, but a switch in the Edmonton Oil Kings’ momentum late in the third had Parker Gavlas and Jake Neighbours tie the game. Just three minutes into overtime, Neighbours scored his second goal of the night to take the game for the Oil Kings. Rookie goaltender Jack McNaughton stopped 31 shots for Calgary, while Dylan Myskiw stopped 20 for Edmonton.
Victoria Royals at Vancouver Giants – Scoring & Highlights
Giants lead 2-0
After a 1-1 tie in regulation between the Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals, Tristen Nielsen was the overtime hero for Vancouver, taking the lead in the series 2-0. Lukas Svejkovsky was the other goal scorer for Vancouver while Ralph Jarratt netted the Royals’ only goal in the game. Keeping Victoria in the game was Griffen Outhouse who stopped 37 shots in total.
Spokane Chiefs at Everett Silvertips – Scoring & Highlights
Chiefs lead 1-0
Four goals in the third period powered the Spokane Chiefs to a 6-3 win against the Everett Silvertips Saturday night to open their best-of-seven series. Ethan McIndoe had a pair of goals and three points while Eli Zummack had a goal and an assist. Luc Smith, Riley Woods, and 2019 NHL Draft prospect Luke Toporowski also scored while Bailey Brkin stopped 29 of 32 shots for the win. Jackson Berezowski scored twice and Zack Andrusiak also scored for Everett in the loss.