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Two Game Sevens in WHL tonight - Junior Hockey News
Published: Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012
By: Spencer Walsh
The Stanley Cup Playoffs may be heating up, however, the Western Hockey League will entertain two pivotal Game Sevens tonight to determine the final two teams left standing in the Western Conference. The Portland Winterhawks will host the Kamloops Blazers at 7pm, while the Tri City Americans will take on the Spokane Chiefs at 7:05pm.
On Monday night, Kamloops defeated Portland 7 to 6 to force a Game 7, while Spokane beat Tri-City 4 to 3 in overtime to extend their series to a Game 7.
Portland will have their fourth and final opportunity to eliminate Kamloops tonight. The only WHL team to overcome an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series was the 1996 Spokane Chiefs, who rallied to defeat Portland in the first round of the 1996 playoffs.
Spokane has won all three of their games in overtime. Tri-City is 4-1 on home ice this postseason as they hope to successfully eliminate Spokane in Game 7. These two teams last met in a Game 7 in 2008 when Spokane knocked off Tri-City 4 to 1 in Kennewick on their way to the WHL and Memorial Cup Championships.
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