Wednesday, February 18, 2009

An Eastern Conference Final Preview???

If you are wondering what to watch on TV tonight, here's some advice. Rogers Sportsnet will have the game between the Saskatoon Blades and the Calgary Hitmen. With all apologies to fans of the Brandon Wheat Kings, this is a battle of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Calgary has only been beaten seven times this year but the Blades have handed Calgary two of those seven losses and one of the wins was in Calgary making Lorne Molleken's men just one of two teams to do that this season. Calgary goes in having won 8 games in a row while the Blades are coming off a 3-0 win in Red Deer last night which was their 25th road win of the season. One of these two teams will likely win the Eastern Conference and take on Vancouver (or perhaps Spokane) in the league final.

Here's hoping the Blades can give Saskatchewan WHL fans a good playoff showing. Its been far too long since a team from our province captured the league championship. The last one being the Swift Current Broncos way back in 1993. Moose Jaw gave it a shot in 2006 before losing to Vancouver in four straight. It is long overdue that a Saskatchewan team is in possession of the Ed Chynoweth Cup. Every team in the Central Division with the exception of the 2nd year Edmonton Oil Kings have won the trophy since the Broncos did it in 1993. Give the Tigers, Hitmen, Hurricanes and Rebels their due in the seasons that they won but also ask the question why the Saskatchewan teams can't get to the top of the mountain more often then what they have.

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