March 31, 2019
Here’s a quick overview of Round 1 of the WHL playoffs, current standings.
The top two teams from the Eastern Conference have both advanced in four straight, and will meet in Round 2.
Two series remain to be decided, in the West, Victoria is leading Kamloops 3-2. In the Central, Lethbridge and Calgary are tied at 3-3.
ROUND 1 – Central – East
Vince Loschiavo powered the Edmonton Oil Kings into the second round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs with a goal 2:43 into the first overtime period Sunday, eliminating the Medicine Hat Tigers. Captain Trey Fix-Wolansky (Columbus Blue Jackets) had a goal and an assist while Wyatt McLeod and Conner McDonald also scored for the Oil Kings. Todd Scott stopped 26 of 29 shots for the win.
Tigers captain James Hamblin scored twice in the contest while Corson Hopwo also found the back of the net. 2019 NHL Draft prospect Mads Sogaard stopped 32 shots in the narrow loss.
Round two opponent TBD.
Taylor Ross scored 3:57 into overtime Sunday, capping off a wild 7-6 overtime win for the Lethbridge Hurricanes against the Calgary Hitmen to extend their first-round series to a seventh game. Calen Addison (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Jake Leschyshyn (Vegas Golden Knights) each had a goal and three assists, with Addison scoring the tying goal to force overtime. Captain Jordy Bellerive (Pittsburgh Penguins), Nick Henry (Colorado Avalanche), 2019 NHL Draft prospect Dylan Cozens and Zachary Cox also scored for the Hurricanes.
Cael Zimmerman led the offensive charge for the Hitmen with a goal and three points. Kaden Elder, captain Mark Kastelic, and James Malm each added a goal and an assist. Devan Klassen and Ryder Korczak also scored.