Blades complete historical comeback to advance in WHL Playoffs



The Saskatoon Blades advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Western Hockey League (WHL) in dramatic fashion in their series against the Red Deer Rebels.

Thanks to a 5-2 win against the Rebels on Tuesday night, the Blades overcame a 3-0 series deficit after Red Deer opened the series with three straight victories.

Overcoming the 3-0 gap has only happened on two other occasions in WHL Playoff history, in 1996 Spokane defeated Portland and in 2013 with Kelowna making a comeback against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Blades defenceman Spencer Shugrue and forward Conner Roulette scored goals 40 seconds apart to break a 2-2 tie early in the third period to give Saskatoon the series-clinching victory against Red Deer.

Next up for the Blades will be the top team in the Eastern Conference when they meet the Winnipeg ICE. The ICE are coming off a six-game series victory against the Moose Jaw Warriors, highlighted by a 8-2 win on Monday night in Moose Jaw.

The Eastern Conference Finals between the Blades and ICE begins on Friday night in Winnipeg, Game 2 goes Saturday night.

Saskatoon will host Game 3 and Game 4 on Tuesday and Wednesday.

If necessary Game 5 is back in Winnipeg next Friday.

The Blades would host Game 6 if required on Sunday, May 7.

A deciding Game 7 would take place on Tuesday May 9 back in Winnipeg.

In the Western Conference Finals, the Seattle Thunderbirds will meet the Memorial Cup hosts, the Kamloops Blazers.


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