While the BCHL playoffs have reached the finals, the NAHL playoffs are just getting started. There are also a couple of games in the WHL playoffs that deserve a look. Yet another great weekend of junior hockey is ahead.
Western Hockey League
Swift Current Broncos at Moose Jaw Warriors Friday at 7 p.m. Mountain time and Warriors at Broncos Saturday at 7 p.m. Mountain. The series is knotted at 2-2 going into the weekend. These games will be a showcase of junior hockey at its best.
British Columbia Hockey League
Prince George Spruce Kings at Wenatchee Wild Friday at Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Pacific time. This is for the Fred Page Cup. With the first two games of this final series at home, the Wild, which is undefeated on home ice during the 2018 playoffs, has an opportunity to move out to a commanding lead right away. The Spruce Kings have a tough road ahead, but the fact they’ve gotten this far indicates that they won’t be rolling over in Wenatchee.
North American Hockey League
No. 3 Central Division seed Minnesota Wilderness at No. 2 Austin Bruins Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. Central time. This is the most compelling matchup in the first round of the NAHL Robertson Cup playoffs. These teams ended the season two points apart in the standings and both were heating up as the schedule wound down. No one should expect fewer than six games in this one.
No. 3 East Division seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at No. 2 seed New Jersey Titans Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m. Eastern time. These are also closely matched teams, with a single point separating them at the end of the regular season even though the Knights had one more win. The Titans are an offensive machine, though, so the Knights are going to have to put it all out there if they’re going to move on to the next series.
Alberta Junior Hockey League
Spruce Grove Saints at Okotoks Oilers Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Mountain time. The AJHL has reached the finals and it’s a matchup between the top teams in the league. The Oilers won both of the regular season games, 4-1 and 6-4, and finished with nine more points. But outside of that, these squads score at about the same rate and their goals-against statistics are similar. Expect a hard-fought series.
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