WHL playoffs: Blades complete comeback, beat Rebels 5-2 in Game 7

The Saskatoon Blades win the Western Hockey League championship.

The Saskatoon Blades advanced to the Western Hockey League Eastern Conference Final after defeating the Red Deer Rebels on Tuesday night 5-2.

The Blades, after losing the first three games in the best-of seven series to the Rebels, racked up four consecutive wins to punch their tickets to the conference final, and a meeting with the powerful Winnipeg ICE.

Conner Roulette, Spencer Shugrue and Vaughn Watterodt each scored two goals for the Blades.

The Rebels were outshot by 28-25. Hunter Mayo scored and Ryker singer also did.

After the first period, the teams were level at 1-1 and then 2-2.

The ICE won the Moose Jaw Warriors series 4-2 after winning three consecutive games, having fallen behind 2-1.

Seattle Thunderbirds and Kamloops Blazers will play in the Western Conference Final, a best-of-7 series. The matchup takes place on Saturday at Seattle, Wash. The Blazers are hosting and playing in the 2023 Memorial Cup between May 26 and June 4.

This report was published by The Canadian Press on April 25, 2023.