It’s my Parting Shot for the Fearless Predictor to revisit his first round W-H-L Playoff picks and make updated second round prognostications…
I correctly picked seven of the eight Conference quarter-final winners…missing only Brandon over Medicine Hat, although I had the right number of games that series would last at six. I was bang-on…winner and number of games…with Swift Current in seven games over Regina and Everett in five over Seattle!
So, when it comes to Round 2, I’ve decided to not let my one first round gaffe totally change my thinking.
For Moose Jaw-Swift Current…despite the fact I think the Broncos have a big edge in goal, I think the Warriors have woken up from the scare they got from Prince Albert. I’m taking Moose Jaw in seven games!
It would be easy to say Brandon over Lethbridge, based on regular-season points. I still think the Hurricanes have the edge in goal with Logan Flodell and enough players who went through last year’s run to the Conference final that they can get there again. Lethbridge in six games!
Out West, Everett is the class of the Conference…plus they have Carter Hart in goal…hence I’ve got the Silvertips eliminating Portland in six games while Tri-Cities is better than every B-C Division team when they have all their weapons, which they do at this time. I say the Americans take out Victoria in five games!
See, nothing changes from my initial predictions…I’m still aiming at a Moose Jaw-Everett final with the Warriors advancing to the Memorial Cup in Regina in mid-to-late May!
That’s my Parting Shot, I’m Les Lazaruk...