Ivan Provorov and the Brandon Wheat Kings posted an 8-4 victory over Seattle in Game 5 of the Western Hockey League Final and captured the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions on Friday.
With the victory, the Wheat Kings win their first WHL title since 1996 and are off to the Memorial Cup tournament for the fifth time since 1979 and first since 2010 when they hosted the tournament.
Provorov recorded an assist and led all players with a plus-4 rating in the series clinching game. Throughout the WHL postseason, Provorov recorded 13 points (3g-10a) to go along with a plus-minus rating of plus-22, which finished second among all players, in 21 games.
The seventh overall pick by the Flyers last summer, Provorov was recently named the WHL’s Defenseman of the Year after he led all defensemen in scoring with 73 points (21g-52a) in 62 games. He led all players in the WHL with a plus-minus rating of +64, which also led all players in the entire Canadian Hockey League.
The Wheat Kings went 16-5 in the postseason, including an 8-2 run in the last two series, to win the title. They recorded 89 goals at an average of 4.23 goals-per-game as they head into the Memorial Cup tournament, which is set to begin on Friday, May 20 in Red Deer, Alberta.
The Flyers now have two prospects, both on defense, competing for the Memorial Cup and the first game of the tournament will see them face off against each other. Philippe Myers of the QMJHL Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies will play Provorov and the Wheat Kings on Saturday May 21.
ROUND ROBIN SCHEDULE
May 20:London Knights (OHL) vs.Red Deer Rebels (host city) 8:00 pm EST
May 21:Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) vs.Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) 7:00 pm EST
May 22:Red Deer Rebels (host city) vs.Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) 7:00 pm EST
May 23:Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) vs.London Knights (OHL) 8:00 pm EST
May 24:Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) vs.London Knights (OHL) 8:00 pm EST
May 25:Red Deer Rebels (host city) vs.Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 8:00 pm EST