It’s late April and the Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose, Brandon Wheat Kings, and the Winnipeg ICE have each been eliminated from their respective 2019 postseasons. The Manitoba Junior Hockey League, Keystone Junior Hockey League and Central Region Junior Hockey League have also seen their seasons come to a close, while the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League is midway through its best-of-seven final series.
It is not all bad news for hockey fans, however, as the Western Hockey League playoffs are only at their mid-point. With two series and four teams remaining in the hunt, there are eight Manitobans left playing meaningful junior hockey in western Canada’s best junior hockey league.
Prince Albert Raiders (1) vs. Edmonton Oil Kings (2)
After combining for a 16-4 record through the first two rounds of the WHL playoffs, the Oil Kings and Raiders have provided three highly entertaining games thus far in the third round of Eastern Conference postseason action. Through three games, Edmonton is ahead of the WHL’s best regular season squad two-games-to-one.
Featured Manitobans in this series are Edmonton’s Dylan Myskiw and Vinnie Loshiavo, while Prince Albert is the playing home of Jakob Brook, Justin Nachbaur and Martin Max. Game four is set for 8:00 PM central from Rogers Place in Edmonton on Wednesday evening.
Vancouver Giants (2) vs. Spokane Chiefs (1)
Out in the west, the Vancouver Giants have taken a two-games-to-one lead over the Spokane Chiefs through three games of the third round. Both opponents only needed 10 games to reach round three, with the teams combining for a 8-1 record in the sound round.
Featured Manitobans in this series are Vancouver’s Trent Miner as well as Spokane’s Mike Ladyman, and Michael and Noah King. These two teams will also pick back up and resume battle Wednesday evening in Spokane. Puck drop is set for 9:00 PM from Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena.