Saturday's WHL Playoff Round-up

Sun Apr 1
THUNDERBIRDS AND WHEAT KINGS MOVE ON TO SECOND ROUND - Robert Klinkhammer scored a pair of goals, including the winner, to lead the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders in Game 5 of their MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Saturday, March 31st.
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rWith the victory, the Wheat Kings win the best-of-seven series four games to one and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
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rRyan Reaves and Codey Burki also scored for the Wheat Kings, who out-shot the Raiders 40-23 in the contest. Tyler Plante made 21 stops to earn his 19th career post-season win. The Wheat Kings will now await a second-round opponent.
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rMatt Robertson and Bryce Lamb scored for the Raiders, while Jesse Deckert made 36 saves in a losing cause. With the defeat, the Raiders lose the best-of-seven series 1-4 and see their season come to an end.
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rICE 4, HITMEN 0
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rTaylor Dakers made 24 saves for his first career WHL shutout as the Kootenay Ice blanked the visiting Calgary Hitmen 4-0 in Game 5 of their MNP Eastern Conference Quarter-Final series on Saturday night in Cranbrook.
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rChad Greenan, Ryan Russell and Steve DaSilva each tallied a goal and an assist for the Ice, who were 3-for-6 on the power play, while Arnaud Jacquemet also counted in the win. With the victory, the Ice trail the best-of-seven series 2-3, and still need two more straight wins to advance to the second round.
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rDan Spence made 21 stops for the Hitmen in a losing cause. Despite the defeat, the Hitmen still hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.
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rGame 6 is scheduled for Monday, April 2nd in Calgary.
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rKAL TIRE WESTERN CONFERENCE
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rAaron Gagnon scored three goals to lead the Seattle Thunderbirds to a 7-2 victory over the visiting Tri-City American in Game 6 of their Kal Tire Western Conference Quarter-Final series on Saturday night.
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rWith the victory, the Thunderbirds win the best-of-seven series four games to two, and move on to the second round of the playoffs.
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rPrab Rai - with a goal and two assists - Joshua Schappert, Benn Olson and Ian McKenzie also scored for the Thunderbirds, who went 2-for-10 on the man advantage in the contest. Derek Yeomans made 24 saves to earn the victory. Seattle will now await a second-round opponent.
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rJoel Broda scored twice in the third period for the Americans, who were held scoreless on five power play chances. Carey Price made 21 saves on 27 shots through the opening two periods while Chet Pickard stopped four of five shots in the final frame in the defeat. With the defeat, the Ams lose the series and are eliminated from post-season play.
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