The Western Hockey League is pleased to announce the WHL Three Stars for the Conference Championship round of the 2019 WHL Playoffs.
1. Ian Scott, Prince Albert Raiders:The Toronto Maple Leafs prospect and Raider goaltender played a significant role in his team’s six-game victory in the Eastern Conference Championship. Scott was in net for every minute of the six-game series, posting a 4-2 record with one of those losses coming in overtime along with a 1.92 goals-against average, .934 save percentage, and two shutouts.
Scott recorded shutouts in Games 1 and 5 of the series. Throughout the round, Scott earned honours as the first, second, and third star of the game once. He was also recognized as the WHL’s First Star of the Night, Second Star of the Night, and Third Star of the Night once each. Monday, Scott was named the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.
The Calgary, Alta. product has been a strong part of Prince Albert’s run in the 2019 WHL Playoffs, sporting a 12-4 record with one of those losses coming in overtime. He’s also maintained a 1.85 GAA, .930 SV%, and recorded three shutouts
2. Aliaksei Protas, Prince Albert Raiders:The 2019 NHL Draft prospect and Raider forward recorded eight points (7G-1A) and a plus-three rating in six games to lead all WHL players in scoring during the Conference Championship round.
The majority of Protas’ offensive contributions came in the final two games of the series as he scored back-to-back hat tricks in Game 5 & 6 to secure the series victory for the Raiders. Game 5 saw Protas earn a single assist for the four-point performance while adding another goal in Game 2 of the series. Protas was recognized with the first and third star of the game in Game 5 & 6 respectively. Protas was also recognized as the WHL’s First Star of the Night for both games.
A product of Vitebsk, Belarus, Protas is ranked 44th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft. Protas has 15 points (11G-4A) in 16 games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs, ranking fifth in playoff scoring and leading all rookies.
3. Dawson Holt, Vancouver Giants: The Giants’ forward recorded five points (3G-2A) and a plus-four rating in five games as his team captured the Western Conference Championship with a five-game series victory against the Spokane Chiefs.
Holt posted a goal and an assist in each of the first two games of the series. His third goal of the series would prove critical, coming in overtime of Game 4 to send the Giants back home with a 3-1 series lead. Holt was recognized with second and third star honours of the game throughout the series. He was also named the WHL First Star of the Night and the Third Star of the Night once.
The Saskatoon, Sask. product has recorded 12 points (5G-7A) in 15 games during the 2019 WHL Playoffs. For his WHL Playoffs career, Holt has recorded 20 points (7G-13A) in 22 games.