Before we take a look at what transpired on the second night of the WHL playoffs, here are a few tidbits left over from Friday night, all of them from the Twitter account of Geoffrey Brandow. . . . If you’re not following him, you should because he has information like this after every single OHL, QMJHL and WHL game. . . . He’s at @GeoffreyBrandow. . . .
The Medicine Hat Tigers outshot the host Winnipeg Ice, 36-35, in losing Game 1, 5-3. That left the Ice at 17-1-0 this season when it is outshot. . . . Ice D Ben Zloty had four assists, the first defenceman in franchise history to do that. . . .
Seattle F Dylan Guenther had two goals and an assist in the Thunderbirds’ 3-2 victory over the Kelowna Rockets. That was his fourth career three-point playoff game. He won a WHL title with the Edmonton Oil Kings last season. . . .
F Marcus Nguyen had two goals in the Portland Winterhawks’ 4-3 victory over the Everett Silvertips. He scored once in 11 playoff games last season. . . .
Kamloops, which dumped the Vancouver Giants, 8-0, opened last season’s playoffs with a 9-0 victory over the Spokane Chiefs. F Logan Stankoven had three goals and two assists in each game. The latest was his fifth playoff hat trick. . . .
F Connor Bedard had two goals and an assist as the Regina Pats dumped the Sasdatoon Blades, 6-1. That was his 26th game this season with at least three points. . . .
Moose Jaw’s 2-1 double OT victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes was the Warriors’ longest game since April 14, 2018, when they beat the Swift Current Broncos, 3-2, in the third OT of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. F Jayden Halbgewachs won that one on a PP at 1:14. The Broncos won that series in seven games, with Moose Jaw winning two of the three OT games.
Meanwhile, in Prince George, you can bet that the Cougars and their fans arose Saturday morning and were still fuming about a disallowed goal late in their 6-4 loss to the Tri-City Americans on Friday night. Had the goal stood, the game would have been 5-5 with 58 seconds remaining in the third period.
However, it appeared that Tri-City G Tomas Suchanek had inadvertently kicked the left goal post off its mooring, so the net wasn’t in proper position when the puck crossed the goal line.
Will Peters of myprincegeorge.com cited Rule 25 – Awarded goals:
“25.2 Infractions — When Goalkeeper is On the Ice – A goal will be awarded when an attacking player, in the act of shooting the puck into the goal (between the normal position of the posts and completely across the goal line), is prevented from scoring as a result of a defending player or goalkeeper displacing the goal post, either deliberately or accidentally.”
More from Peters:
“My PG Now reached out to the WHL for an official ruling on why the goal was overturned, and received nothing in response.
“To put it lightly, fans in the building were upset, and when the Americans hit the empty net a few moments later frustrations boiled over and at least 100 water bottles, cans, rally towels, and other items were thrown on the ice in protest.
“During this, Tri-City’s Jalen Luypen skated by the corner of his defensive end around section F, taunting fans from the ice.”
Playoff hockey . . . is there anything else like it?
On to the second night of WHL playoffs. . . . There were seven games played with only the Regina Pats and Saskatoon Blades not in action. They’ll play today (Sunday). As of Saturday afternoon, 4,687 of 14,786 tickets still were available. Game 3 is scheduled for Regina on Tuesday. As of Saturday afternoon, only 406 of 6,499 were available. . . . Why couldn’t the Pats and Blades play Saturday in Saskatoon? Because the NLL’s Saskatchewan Rush had SaskTel Centre booked for a game. . . . Remember that all WHL playoff series are best-of-seven affairs.
SATURDAY NIGHT IN THE WHL PLAYOFFS:
Medicine Hat (8) at Winnipeg (1) — F Connor McClennon scored two PP goals to help the Winnipeg Ice to a 5-2 victory over the Medicine Hat Tigers. . . . The Ice had won Game 1, 5-3. . . . The series will resume in Medicine Hat with games on Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . McClennon’s first goal gave the Ice a 3-1 lead at 15:50 of the second period. He gave them a 4-2 lead at 13:49 of the third. . . . F Matt Savoie, who had three goals and an assist in the opener, had a goal and two assists for the Ice. . . . Tigers D Rhett Parsons left with a checking-from-behind major and game misconduct after a hit on F Josh Medernach at 12:09 of the second period. . . . The Ice remains without F Zach Benson, its leading scorer in the regular season. . . .
Calgary (7) at Red Deer (2) — F David Adaszynski scored in OT to give the Calgary Hitmen a 2-1 victory over the Red Deer Rebels. . . . The Rebels had opened with a 3-0 victory on Friday. . . . They’ll play the next two games in Calgary on Monday and Wednesday, then return to Red Deer for Game 5 on Friday. . . . D Christoffer Sedoff (1) gave Red Deer a 1-0 lead at 11:20 of the third period. . . . F Sean Tschigerl, who drew an assist on the winner, scored Calgary’s first goal of the series with 1:37 left in the third period to tie the game, 1-1. . . . Adaszynski, a 17-year-old sophomore from Coquitlam, B.C., won it at 16:42 of OT. He finished the regular season with 12 goals in 64 games. . . . F Carter MacAdams assisted on both Calgary goals. . . . The Hitmen got 38 saves from G Brayden Peters. . . . Red Deer G Kyle Kelsey turned aside 36 shots. In his last five starts, he has put up three shutouts and allowed three goals. . . . F Ben King, who led the WHL with 52 goals last season, remains out for Red Deer. . . . The Hitmen may have lost F Riley Fiddler-Schultz as he didn’t finish the third period. . . . Calgary F Maxim Muranov sat out as he served a one-game suspension after taking a slew-foot double minor in Game 1. . . . Red Deer F Craig Armstrong was hit with a two-game suspension for the same infraction. It was his second slew-footing penalty, so he got the extra game. . . . Calgary D Keagan Slaney missed this one, too, as he completed a three-game suspension for a charging major and game misconduct he incurred on March 25 at Edmonton. . . .
Lethbridge (5) at Moose Jaw (4) — The Moose Jaw Warriors scored the game’s first three goals en route to a 5-1 victory over the Lethbridge Hurricanes. . . . The Warriors had won the opener, 2-1 in double OT, on Friday. . . . The teams now head to Lethbridge for games on Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . F Atley Calvert (1) got Moose Jaw started on a PP at 13:06 of the first period. . . . F Ryder Korczak (1) upped it to 2-0 at 8:28 of the second period. . . . F Martin Tysavy (1) got it to 3-0 at 11:18 of the third period. . . . That was more than enough for G Connor Ungar, who earned the victory with 21 saves.
Kelowna (8) at Seattle (1) — F Jared Davidson scored once and added two assists as the Seattle Thunderbirds beat the Kelowna Rockets, 4-1. . . . Seattle won the opener, 3-2, on Friday. . . . The series picks up in Kelowna with games on Tuesday and Wednesday. . . . Seattle Dylan Guenther (3) opened the scoring, on a PP, at 12:02 of the first period. . . . F Dylan Wightman (1) scored for Kelowna at 7:38 of the second. . . . F Lucas Ciona (1) broke the tie at 9:35 of the third and D Nolan Allan (1) added insurance at 15:35. . . . Davidson (1) put it away with the empty-netter. . . . Seattle held a 48-26 edge in shots on goal. . . . Things got interesting late in the game. As TBird Tidbits tweeted: “Maybe a little message sending here with Seattle’s top power-play unit out on a 5-on-3 with a 4-1 lead.” . . .
Vancouver (7) at Kamloops (2) — F Ryan Hofer and D Olen Zellweger, both of whom were acquired from the Everett Silvertips at the trade deadline, scored 19 seconds part in the first period and the Kamloops Blazers went on to beat the Vancouver Giants, 6-1. . . . The Blazers had won, 8-0, on Friday. . . . Games 3 and 4 will be played in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday and Thursday. . . . F Logan Stankoven and Zellweger combined for nine points in Game 1; they had six in Game 2. Stankoven had three goals and two assists in the opener, then added three helpers last night. Zellweger, who had four assists in Game 1, had a goal and two assists in Game 2. . . . F Samuel Honzek scored the Giants’ first goal of the series at 12:55 of the third period by which time Kamloops held a 5-0 lead. . . . The Blazers held a 55-26 edge in shots, meaning they have outshot the Giants 108-41 through two games. . . .
Everett (6) at Portland (3) — F Marcus Nguyen, who scored twice in Friday’s game, had two first-period goals in Game 2 to send the Portland Winterhawks on their way to a 4-0 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . Portland had won the opener, 4-3. . . . They’ll play Game 3 in Everett on Monday and Game 4 there on Friday. . . . Three days off between games? It seems Paw Patrol Live has the arena in Everett booked. . . . F Jack O’Brien (2) had Portland’s other two goals, the second one into an empty net. . . . The Winterhawks got 23 saves from G Jan Špunar, who earned his first WHL shutout. He is an 18-year-old freshman from Olomouc, Czechia. He was 17-7-3, 2.61, .908 in 31 regular-season appearances. . . .
Tri-City (5) at Prince George (4) — F Jaxsen Wiebe’s OT goal gave the Prince George Cougars a 2-1 victory over the Tri-City Americans. . . . The Americans had won Friday’s opener, 6-4. . . . The series will resume in Kennewick, Wash., with games on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Remember that this series is being played under a 2-3-2 format in order to ease the travel. . . . The Cougars, who had a goal disallowed late in Game 1, thought they had opened the scoring early in Game 2, only to have that one disallowed on review, too. . . . F Adam Mechura (1) gave the Americans a 1-0 lead at 7:22 of the second period. . . . F Cole Dubinsky (1) tied it at 12:02. . . . Wiebe’s first goal of the series won it at 4:52 of extra time. . . . The Cougars outshot the Americans, 38-18.
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