Daily Dose of the Dub: Tiebreaker needed in BC Division; Oil Kings clinch division; Woo signs ELC

Tiebreaker in Kamloops

68 games weren’t enough to decide the last playoff spot in the BC Division between the Kelowna Rockets and the Kamloops Blazers. The two teams will be playing a tiebreaker on Tuesday in Kamloops to see who will take on the Victoria Royals in the Western Conference Quarter Finals. Both teams ended the regular season with identical 28-32-6-2 records but the Blazers get home ice in the game due to them earning more points in the regular season matchups. The game will be free to watch on WHL Live for those not at the game.

Oil Kings clinch Central

After a 6-1 victory over Calgary, the Edmonton Oil Kings clinched the Central Division for the fourth time in franchise history, and their first time since winning three in a row from 2011-14 where the team won two WHL Championships and a Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings will take on the Medicine Hat Tigers in the first round of the WHL Playoffs.

Woo signs ELC

Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Jett Woo signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Woo was drafted by the Canucks in the second round (37th overall) in last year’s NHL Entry Draft and has 65 points (12G, 53A) in 62 games. Woo was originally drafted fourth overall by the Warriors in the 2015 bantam draft and has played in 178 games in Moose Jaw, collecting 113 points (26G, 87A).

Milestones of the Night

Edmonton Oil Kings defenceman Ethan Cap skated in his 200th WHL game on Saturday. The North Vancouver native was the Oil Kings’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2015 bantam draft and has over doubled his point total from last season. Cap has 48 points (11G, 37A) in his WHL career.

Everett Silvertips defenceman Gianni Fairbrother played in his 100th WHL game in their 5-1 win over Victoria. He was drafted in the fourth round (80th overall) in 2015 and has 41 points (12G, 29A) in his WHL career, with 36 of those points coming this season for the 18-year-old.

Seattle Thunderbirds captain Nolan Volcan scored his 100th WHL goal in his last regular season home game of his WHL career. The fifth year Thunderbird has 57 points (27G, 30A) in 58 games this season. The 2017 WHL champion has 231 points (100G, 131A) in 321 WHL games with Seattle.

Bergen honoured

 

Three Stars of the Night

1st Star: Spokane’s Adam Beckman had a hat trick and an assist in a 10-1 win over Tri-City.

2nd Star: Everett’s Martin Fasko-Rudas had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Victoria.

3rd Star: Brandon’s Connor Gutenberg had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 shootout win over Regina.

Honourable Mentions

Edmonton’s Scott Atkinson had a pair of goals in a 6-1 win over Calgary….Seattle’s Noah Philp had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win over Portland….Moose Jaw’s Brodan Salmond had a 22 save shutout in a 6-0 win over Swift Current….Prince Albert’s Noah Gregor had two goals in a 3-1 win over Saskatoon….Kamloops’ Connor Zary had a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win over Prince George….Kelowna’s Mark Liwiski scored the overtime winner in a 3-2 win over Vancouver….Lethbridge’s Nick Henry had two goals in a 3-2 win over Medicine Hat….

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