Friday's WHL Playoff Round-up

Mar 31, 2007 - 05:03 MDT
GIANTS MOVE ON TO SECOND ROUND - The Vancouver Giants booked their place in the second round of the 2007 Western Hockey League playoffs following a 3-1 victory over the visiting Chilliwack Bruins in Game 5 of their Kal Tire Western Conference Quarter-final series on Friday, March 30th.
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rKenndal McArdle scored a goal and added an assist for the Giants, who out-shot the Bruins 34-23 in the contest, while Tim Kraus and Spencer Machacek also scored in the victory. Tyson Sexsmith made 22 stops to earn the win. With the Game 5 victory, the Giants win the best-of-seven series four games to one, and will now await the a second-round opponent.
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rJosh Aspenlind - with a shorthanded marker - had the lone goal for the Bruins, who held the Giants scoreless on 10 power plays, but were scoreless themselves on seven man advantage opportunities. Alex Archibald made 31 saves in the defeat. With the defeat, the Bruins lose the series 1-4 and see their season come to an end.
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rSILVERTIPS 5, CHIEFS 1
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rKyle Beach scored a pair of goals to lead the Everett Silvertips to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Spokane Chiefs in Game 5 o their Kal Tire Western Conference Quarter-Final series on Friday, March 30th.
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rDan Genur, Peter Mueller and Brandon Campos also scored for the Silvertips, who out-shot the visitors by a 35-21 margin. Leland Irving made 20 saves to pick up the win. The victory gives the Silvertips a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, leaving them one win away from moving on to the second round.
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rDerek Ryan scored the only goal for the Chiefs, who were 1-for-8 on the power play, while Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves in a losing cause. The loss leaves the Chiefs down 2-3 in the series, and needing two straight wins to advance to the second round.
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rAMERICANS 5, THUNDERBIRDS 4 O/T
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rSlovakian rookie defenseman Juraj Valach scored on a power play 12:59 into overtime to lift the Tri-City Americans to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Seattle Thunderbirds in Game 5 of their Kal Tire Western Conference Quarter-Final series on Friday night.
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rColton Yellow Horn - with a goal and two assists - Michael Kaye, Taylor Procyshen and Alex Aldred scored in regulation for the Americans, who were out-shot 50-34. Carey Price made 46 saves to backstop the Ams to the win. With the victory, the Ams trail the best-of-seven series three games to two.
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rAaron Gagnon - with a pair of goals - Thomas Hickey and Bud Holloway scored for the Thunderbirds, who tallied twice in the final 1:11 of the third period to send the game to overtime. Derek Yeomans made 29 saves in a losing cause. Despite the loss, the T-Birds still hold a 3-2 series lead, and could advance to the second round with a win on home ice on Saturday night.
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rMNP EASTERN CONFERENCE
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rLevi Nelson scored a pair of goals, including the eventual winner, to lead the visiting Swift Current Broncos to a 3-2 victory over the Regina Pats in Game 5 of their MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Friday night.
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rJeremy Schenderling - with a shorthanded tally - also counted for the Broncos, who were held scoreless on four power play chances, while Kyle Moir made 33 saves to backstop the Broncos to the win. With the win, the Broncos trail the best-of-seven series 2-3, and still need to win the next two games to win the series.
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rMichael MacAngus and Jordan Eberle scored power play goals for the Pats, while Linden Rowat made 29 saves in a losing cause. Despite the defeat, the Pats hold a 3-2 series lead, and could advance to the next round with one more victory.
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rTIGERS 4, REBELS 0
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rMatt Keetley turned in a 27-save effort to record his second shutout of the series as the Medicine Hat Tigers skated to a 4-0 win over the visiting Red Deer Rebels in Game 5 of their MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Friday night.
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rChris Stevens, Kris Russell, Brennan Bosch and Kevin Undershute scored for the Tigers, who held the Rebels scoreless on 10 power play chances. With the victory, the Tigers take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, leaving them needing one more victory to advance.
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rJames Reimer made 17 saves in a losing cause for the Rebels, who out-shot the Tigers 27-21 in the contest. The defeat leaves the Rebels down 2-3 in the series, and one loss away from being eliminated from post-season play.
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