Edmonton Oil Kings keep their heads and even series with Medicine Hat – National Post

Edmonton Oil Kings keep their heads and even series with Medicine Hat - National Post
#WHLPlayoffs Tonight: March 24, 2019 – WHL Network
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 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.

Quinn Benjafield broke a 3-3 deadlock late in the third with his first goal of the 2019 WHL Playoffs to lift the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 4-3 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers and split the first two games of their first-round series. Goals by Liam Keeler, Vince Loschiavo, and Carter Souch also featured for Edmonton while a pair of goals from Linus Nassen (Florida Panthers) and a strike from 2019 NHL Draft prospect Brett Kemp counted for the Tigers.

EDMONTON – Mads Sogaard turned aside 49 shots as the Medicine Hat Tigers edged the Edmonton Oil Kings 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of their Western Hockey League first-round matchup.

Josh Williams broke up Sogaard’s shutout bid when he scored at 17:58 of the third for the Oil Kings.

Dylan Myskiw turned aside 25-of-27 shots for Edmonton, which host Game 2 of the best-of-seven set on Sunday.

SASKATOON — Max Gerlach scored his second goal of the night at 10:05 of the third to give the Blades a 2-0 first-round series lead over Moose Jaw.

Carson Denomie found the back of the net for the Warriors. Adam Evanoff stopped 27-of-29 shots in defeat.

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. — Aliaksei Protas and Sergei Sapego had two goals and an assist apiece as the Raiders beat Red Deer to take the first two games at home in their first-round matchup.

Brayden Pachal and Ozzy Wiesblatt also scored for the Raiders, who got 19 saves from Ian Scott. Forward Brett Leason was ejected at 3:50 of the second for checking from behind.

Brandon Hagel paced the Rebels offence with a hat trick. Chris Douglas also scored while Ethan Anders made 25 saves in a losing cause.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Jake Leschyshyn had a three-goal performance as the Hurricanes toppled Calgary for a 2-0 lead in their first-round set.

LANGLEY, B.C. — Nolan Volcan had a goal and two helpers and Roddy Ross made 39 saves as Seattle evened its first-round series 1-1 with a win over Vancouver.

EVERETT, Wash. — Dustin Wolf turned aside 28 shots as the Silvertips held on to beat Tri-City for a 2-0 lead in their first-round set.

Krystof Hrabik, Nolan Yaremko and Aaron Hyman had goals for the Americans. Beck Warm made 35 saves in defeat.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Josh Paterson struck twice and Joel Hofer made 23 saves as the Winterhawks toppled Spokane to even their first-round series at a game apiece.

Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Luc Smith and Adam Beckman scored for the Chiefs, who got 30 stops from Bailey Brkin.

VICTORIA — Jermaine Loewen scored at 5:14 of the extra period as Kamloops edged the Royals to take Game 2 and draw even in its first-round series.

Kyrell Sopotyk had a pair of goals and Brodi Stuart also scored for the Blazers. Dylan Ferguson had 39 saves for the victory.

Kody McDonald struck twice and Carson Miller had the other Victoria goal. Griffen Outhouse turned away 31 shots in defeat.