Hartley's Sports ShortsSports Hartley’s Sports Shorts for Friday, APRIL 19TH SHARE ON: Ethan Ready, staff Friday, Apr. 19th, 2019 BCHL The Fred Page Cup stepped foot in Prince George yesterday for the first time ever after the Spruce Kings returned home. Fans packed the parking lot outside the RMCA, refusing to allow rain ruin their warm welcome. The Spruce Kings completed the four-game sweep over the Vernon Vipers by a 3-1 score on Wednesday to go 16-1 in the 2019 BCHL Playoffs. The Spruce Kings are off to the Doyle Cup against the Alberta Champion Brooks Bandits starting April 26th and also receive an automatic berth in the RBC Cup National Junior A Championship. ===== WORLD U-18 MEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP Prince George Cougars’ goaltender Taylor Gauthier is making his nation proud. After making 39 saves in Team Canada’s comeback victory yesterday, Gauthier followed it up with a 24-save performance today against the Swiss as Canada went on to improve to 2-0 with a 7-4 victory. Taylor Gauthier stops 24/28 as ?? beats?? 7-4 to improve to 2-0 at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship. Up next: ?? on Sunday.#U18Worlds #NorthernUprising pic.twitter.com/N91pvNFBRl — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) April 19, 2019 The Canadians will face the Czech Republic on Tuesday. ===== WHL PLAYOFFS – Conference Finals Edmonton Oil Kings @ Prince Albert Raiders (Friday) Spokane Chiefs @ Vancouver Giants (Friday) ===== NHL Yesterday’s Scores: Carolina Hurricanes 2 vs. Washington Capitals 1 (Series tied 2-2) Winnipeg Jets 2 vs. St Louis Blues 3 (STL leads series 3-2) San Jose Sharks 5 vs. Las Vegas Golden Knights 2 (VGK leads series 3-2) Today’s Games: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston Bruins at 4:00 p.m. (Series tied 2-2) Colorado Avalanche vs. Calgary Flames at 7:00 p.m. (COL leads series 3-1) Around the NHL: The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly hiring Steve Yzerman as their next general manager. ===== NBA The Toronto Raptors are back in action as their opening round series shifts to sunny Orlando. They’re currently tied at 1-1 in the series with the Magic. Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ===== MLB The Toronto Blue Jays will be in action for a late-outing against the Oakland Athletics today. The Blue Jays are currently ranked last in the American League East with an 8-12 record. Opening pitch is scheduled for 7:07 p.m.