WHL HEADLINES – Saturday Night Recap

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WHL Press Release

MNP EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL RECAP

Tyler Plante stopped 39 of 40 shots as the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings held on for a 2-1 victory over the Moose Jaw Warriors in Game 2 of their MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Saturday, March 25th.

Theran Yeo netted the game-winner early in the third period for the Wheat Kings, who successfully killed off seven Moose Jaw power plays, while Teegan Moore also scored in the win. The Wheat Kings’ victory evens up the best-of-seven opening-round series at 1-1 heading as the teams head to Winnipeg for games three and four.

Riley Holzapfel scored the lone goal for the Warriors while Joey Perricone stopped 24 of 26 shots in a losing cause.

Elsewhere in WHL playoff action, Devin Setoguchi tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Saskatoon Blades to a 4-1 victory over the visiting Regina Pats in Game 2 of their first-round series on Saturday night.

Joe Barnes, Wacey Rabbit and Chad Klassen also scored for the Blades while Anton Khudobin turned in a 39-save performance to earn his second win of the post-season. The victory gives the Blades a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven opening-round series.

Kyle Deck scored the lone goal for the Pats while David Reekie stopped 20 of 23 shots in a losing cause. The loss leaves the Pats down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, which heads to Regina for games three and four.

In Medicine Hat, Daine Todd scored three goals and chipped in an assist to lead the Tigers to a 7-1 win over the visiting Swift Current Broncos in game two of the opening-round series between the Central Division rivals on Saturday.

Cam Barker – with a goal and an assist – Jerrid Sauer, Brennan Bosch and Derek Dorsett also scored for the Tigers while Matt Keetley made 24 saves to earn his second win of the 2006 post-season. The victory gives the Tigers a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Ned Lukacevic scored the lone goal for the Broncos, who have been outscored 12-3 through the first two games of the series, while Kyle Moir and Travis Yonkman combined for 30 saves in a losing effort. The loss leaves the Broncos down 0-2 in the best-of-seven series, which heads to Swift Current for games three and four.

In other MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final action on Saturday, Roman Wick scored once and added two assists to lead the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Calgary Hitmen in Game 2 of their opening-round series.

Ben Wright, Yashar Farmanara, Tomas Kudelka and Kris Hogg also scored for the ‘Canes while Colton Yellow Horn chipped in three assists in the victory. Rookie netminder Justin Leclerc stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced to earn his first playoff victory. With the win, the ‘Canes even up the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Keegan Dansereau scored both goals for the Hitmen, who allowed four power play goals in the loss, while Justin Pogge made 26 saves in a losing cause. The loss leaves the Hitmen tied at 1-1 in the best-of-seven series with the ‘Canes. The series shifts to Calgary for games three, four and five.

KALTIRE WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTER-FINAL RECAP

Blake Comeau scored once and added an assist to lead the Kelowna Rockets to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Kootenay Ice in Game 2 of their KalTire Western Conference Quarter-Final series on Saturday night.

Lauris Darzins, Kirt Hill, Brent Howarth and Justin Keller also scored for the Rockets, who held the Ice scoreless on sis power play opportunities, while Derek Yeomans stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn the victory. With the win, the Rockets even up the best-of-seven opening-round series at 1-1.

Dalyn Flatt scored the lone goal for the Ice while Taylor Dakers turned in a valiant 48-save performance in a losing cause. With the loss, the Ice drop into a 1-1 tie with the Rockets in the best-of-seven series. The series heads to Cranbrook for games three and four.

In Vancouver, Scott Bowles turned in a solid 39-save performance to earn his first career post-season shutout as the visiting Prince George Cougars held on for a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Giants in Game 2 of their first-round playoff match-up on Saturday.

Kalvin Sagert and Eric Hunter each tallied a goal and an assist for the Cougars, who successfully killed off six Giants power plays in the win. The victory sees the Cougars even up the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as it heads to Prince George for games three and four.

Dustin Slade stopped 18 of 20 shots for the Giants in a losing cause. With the defeat, the Giants lose their lead in the best-of-seven series, which is all even at one game apiece.

In Everett, Keith Voytechek scored the game-winner in the second period as the visiting Tri-City Americans held on for a 2-1 victory over the Silvertips on Saturday in Game 2 of the opening-round series between the U.S. Division rivals.

Jason Beeman also scored for the Americans while Carey Price turned in a 30-save effort to earn the victory. The win sees the Ams even up the best-of-seven series with Everett at 1-1.

Peter Mueller scored the lone goal for the Silvertips while Leland Irving made 23 saves in a losing cause. With the defeat, the ‘Tips lose their lead in the best-of-seven series, which is knotted up at 1-1 heading to Kennewick for games three and four.

In other KalTire Western Conference Quarter-Final action on Saturday, Kyle Bailey’s goal 1:12 into the first period stood up as the visiting Portland Winter Hawks held on for a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds on Saturday night in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff match-up.

Rookie netminder Kurtis Mucha stopped all 18 shots he faced to earn his first career playoff shutout for the Hawks. With the win, the Winter Hawks tie the best-of-seven series at 1-1.

Seattle goaltender Bryan Bridges stopped 20 of 21 shots in a losing cause. With the loss, the T-Birds lose their lead in the best-of-seven series, which is knotted up a game apiece heading to Portland for games three and four.