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Wednesday, April 4, 2018


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MOOSE JAW, Sask. - The Prince Albert Raiders nearly pulled off an upset in the first round of the Western Hockey League playoffs.

Brayden Burke scored the go-ahead goal at 16:10 of the third period as the No. 1 Moose Jaw Warriors held on to beat Prince Albert 5-4 on Tuesday in Game 7 of their first-round set.

Moose Jaw, the only team to reach 50 wins in the regular season, led the WHL with 109 points. The Raiders qualified as the second wild-card team in the Eastern Conference. The two squads were separated by 32 points in the standings.

Burke also picked up two assists and finished the series with 14 points in seven games.

Justin Almeida scored twice on the power play for the Warriors, who will face the Swift Current Broncos in the next round. Jayden Halbgewachs and Ryan Peckford supplied the rest of the offence.

Parker Kelly had a pair of goals while Justin Nachbaur and Brayden Pachal also scored for the Raiders.

Brody Willms made 24 saves for Moose Jaw as Ian Scott turned away 21 shots for Prince Albert.

The Warriors went 3 for 5 on the power play while the Raiders went 0 for 4 with the man advantage.

Moose Jaw hosts Game 1 against Swift Current. The second-round series begins Friday.


VICTORIA - Matthew Phillips had two goals and an assist as the Royals toppled Vancouver in Game 7 of their first-round series.

Chaz Reddekopp and Lane Zablocki also scored for Victoria, which got 30 saves from Griffen Outhouse.

Tyler Popowich, Matt Barberis and Brennan Riddle replied for the Giants. Trent Miner combined with David Tendeck for 20 saves in defeat.

The Royals will face the Tri-City Americans in the second round, with Game 1 scheduled for Friday in Victoria.



PORTLAND, Ore. - Cody Glass scored once and set up two more and Cole Kehler made 30 saves as the Winterhawks downed Spokane to take the first-round matchup 4-3.

Kieffer Bellows scored the go-ahead goal at 15:22 of the third period and Skyler McKenzie added a late goal for Portland.

Ty Smith found the back of the net for the Chiefs. Dawson Weatherill kicked out 39-of-42 shots in defeat.

The Winterhawks head to Everett to face the Silvertips in Round 2. Game 1 goes Friday.

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

A little mixed on the Broncos-Warriors series. Both teams very deserving, however Moose Jaw fans did not rally around the Warriors like the Swift Current. Should be a good series, Broncos in 6.

Anonymous said...

To Anon #1 what do you mean the Warrior fans did not rally we have sold out all the playoff games. Get your facts straight. Bronco fans maybe a little louder apparently they give away their beer to get the fans into it. Go Warriors Go!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rod will this be the end of WHL reporting until the Memorial Cup? Seeing as how this is a Pats only blog??

Anonymous said...

Warriors in seven

Anonymous said...

Pats fans should hope Moose Jaw doesn't take this in a walk.

Anonymous said...

To the first poster Anonymous -- I am not sure what you mean by the fans not rallying around their team. For a town of 33,000 to average just slightly under 4500 per playoff game is pretty darn amazing. Since moving back after retirement to Moose Jaw 12 years ago, I have never saw Warrior hype as it is right now, and I was back here for the run in 2006. Drive around Moose Jaw, shops with their windows decorated, the All Aboard signs everywhere, wear your jersey game day promotions plus 4 places have been showing the playoff games in their lounges and drawing large crowds. Just because there are empty seats you see on tv doesn't mean an unsold seat just that about 3 - 4 hundred people watch from the concourse. This series is going to be a good one, too close to call but will say whichever team wins this series good chance we will see them at the memorial cup.

Anonymous said...

Amazing how the Winterhawks continue to make the playoffs and win on a regular basis after being fined and having draft picks taken away. Would love to know the secret of this organization. Too bad the Blades current owner and the boy GM AKA former tennis player that likes hockey and the former trainer turned Assistant GM cannot learn from this organization. This 30 year season ticket holder is not renewing his tickets this year.

However great to see 4 Sask teams battle hard. Too bad they had to all meet in the first round this year. Not fair to Sask hockey fans.

william weppler said...

Warriors may have got the wake-up call they needed playing those pesky Raiders. The PP was 3 for 5 last night and they are going to need it working at a high % against the Broncos.

Will come down to goaltending I think, and Skinner may have the edge although Pats didn't get a lot of quality shots against him.

Should be a good series for sure.

Anonymous said...

Nice group here in Regina. Pats are gone but I don't see any good words on here of the Great Series between PA and Moose Jaw. Don't forget these teams played their asses off also and their series was just as good or perhaps better than the Pats and Swift. Great job by both teams in a heart breaking series for PA. Good Luck to the Moose in the next series against Swift Current.

Anonymous said...

Great series between Moose Jaw and PA. I was really pulling for PA and will now cheer for Swift Current the rest of the way.

45 days and counting....

Anonymous said...

Anon#3........this is NOT a "Pats-only blog" This is a Sports blog, and why should there be no WHL news until the Memorial Cup????? Just because the Pats get a free ride there???? There are still some very good Saskatchewan teams still in the playoffs. Its a wonder that there were any news at all about the other Sask teams until the Pats tanked out. Why do I have to prove I'm not a robot to this robot blog??

Anonymous said...

Selling out playoff games should be a given, that's when the band wagon fans show up. Regular season, number 1 ranked team in Canada 75% capacity. Whats going to happen when the team is middle of the pack. Come on Moose Jaw you can do better.

Anonymous said...

Correction on attendance it has been at or over 4700 per game - complete sellouts

Anonymous said...

This is a blog run by a Regina sports guy. If you want to talk about your local teams, start your own blog in your respective city.

Anonymous said...

News is Rod Pedersen is going to start handing out SOOTHERS for all the Baby Like things that are being said on here today. Geesh ! GET A LIFE.

Anonymous said...

What it's the "Regina" Roughriders now??? What a loser!