Giants to face Spokane in Western Conference final

Series starts Friday at LEC

The Vancouver Giants and Spokane Chiefs will meet in the 2019 WHL Western Conference Championship series, which starts Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

The Giants swept the Victoria Royals in the second round, while the Chiefs beat the Everett Silvertips in five games.

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The Giants owned a 3-1 record against the Chiefs in the regular season.

Captain Jared Dmytriw led the Giants with five points while Riley Woods of the Chiefs had six points in those four games.

The goaltending battle should prove interesting as Bailey Brkin gets set to take on the tandem of Trent Miner and David Tendeck. Brkin had a 1-1 record against the Giants with a 3.03 goals-against-average and a .915 save percentage, however, he has raised his game in the playoffs, sporting a 2.32 GAA and a .930 save percentage to go with his eight wins.

The Giants have found success with both Miner and Tendeck, opting to rotate the two throughout the first two rounds. Both have made strong cases for staying in the net with a 1.92 GAA and a 2.18 GAA respectively. They’ve also posted a .915 and a .912 SV% respectively while also collecting matching 4-1 records.

This will mark the fourth meeting in the playoffs between the Chiefs and Giants. The Chiefs have won two of those meetings, including the most recent one in 2012.

The schedule sees game one Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the LEC; game two Saturday at 7 p.m. at the LEC; game three in Spokane April 23, game four in Spokane April 24; game five on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at the LEC; game six in Spokane on April 29 and game seven in Vancouver at 7 p.m. on April 30. For tickets to all Giants home games see: www.vancouvergiants.com.

In the Eastern Conference final, the Edmonton Oil Kings will square off against the Prince Albert Raiders starting Friday night in Prince Albert. The Raiders knocked off the Saskatoon Blades in six games winning the final game of their second round series 6-3 Sunday afternoon in Saskatoon while the Oil Kings swept the Calgary Hitmen 4-0 in their second round series.

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