WHL: Kaiden Guhle and the Oil Kings triumph in the Western Junior League

Goals from Kaiden Guhle and Jakub Demek helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the Junior League West title in front of home fans on Monday when they defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds 2-0 in Game No. 6 of the Finals series.

So we’ll see the Oil Kings at the Memorial Cup next week, along with the Saint John Sea Dogs, the Shawinigan Cataractes and the yet-to-be-determined Ontario Junior League champion team.

Demek scored the only goal of the first period at 7:15, despite a clear 21:3 lead by Edmonton in shots on target.

At 3:44 of the second period, Guhle doubled the lead of the crowd favorite. The most hopeful Canadian on the blue line got to the top of the slot, received a pass from Jake Neighbors and fired off a quick wrist shot that surprised the Seattle keeper.

It was the 19-year-old guard’s eighth goal in the Oil Kings playoff run. he, who also had eight assists in 19 games.

Edmonton goaltender Sebastian Cossa, meanwhile, was busier in the second half as the Thunderbirds desperately tried to hit the bull’s eye.

In the end, Cossa had to fend off 25 shots in the decisive victory.

Direction 7th game in the OHL

The Windsor Spitfires scored twice in the late second period on Monday en route to a 5-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in Game 6 of the Ontario Junior League Finals.

Big favorites to represent OHL in the Memorial Cup, the Bulldogs will be pushed to the limit in a crucial clash at the FirstOntario Center on Wednesday night.

Daniel D’Amico shone for the Spitfires, scoring his side’s first two goals of the game.

For his part, captain Will Cuylle helped set up Michael Renwick at 19:31 of the second period and doubled the lead after the break after 46 seconds of play in the final period.

For his part, Pasquale Zito completed the mark in an empty cage at 16:58 of the third.

In a losing effort, Bulldogs forward Logan Morrison scored twice for his 16th and 17th goals of the series.

Canadian defender Arber Xhekaj received an assist on Morrison’s second goal for his 14th point in 17 games in the postseason.

Hamilton hadn’t lost any of his first 12 playoff games before entering this finals series.

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