Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday is over . . .

The Spokane Chiefs announced Wednesday that the remainder of the Western Conference final will be televised live by Comcast on Channel 78. The series with the Tri-City Americans is even at 2-2. Game 5 is to be played Saturday in Kennewick, Wash., with Game 6 in Spokane on Monday. If a Game 7 is needed, it will be played Tuesday in Kennewick. . . . This series may go down in the books as one of the great ones. The first two games were split with each team winning 1-0 in double overtime. The Chiefs won the third game, 2-0, with the Americans taking Game 4, 3-2, in overtime. . . . The Boston Bruins have signed F Levi Nelson of the Swift Current Broncos to a three-year entry-level NHL contract. Nelson, who will turn 20 on Monday, was a sixth-round pick in the 2006 NHL draft. . . .
One playoff game on Wednesday night. You may not be surprised that the Lethbridge Hurricanes took out the Calgary Hitmen . . . but wasn’t it far easier than you anticipated?
In Lethbridge, F Carter Bancks, who had the first two goals in Game 3, scored two more to spark the Hurricanes to a 4-2 victory over the Hitmen. . . . Lethbridge won the series 4-0 and now awaits the winner of the Western Conference final between the Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans. That one is 2-2 going into Game 5 in Kennewick, Wash., on Saturday. . . . Bancks scored Game 4’s first goal nine seconds into the second period. That came just one night after he opened the scoring 29 seconds into the second period. . . . Bancks added an empty-netter, his sixth goal of these playoffs. . . . Lethbridge F Dan Iwanski scored his second goal of the playoffs with 11 seconds left in the second period to give his side a 3-1 lead. . . . G Juha Metsola, the series’ MVP, made 23 saves for his 12th victory of the postseason. He is 12-2 with three shutouts. Metsola was beaten only seven times in the four games with Calgary. . . . Metsola wrapped this one up with a tremendous save off Kyle Bortis from the slot with the homeside up 3-2 and 24 seconds left to play. . . . This was the first time in franchise history that Calgary has been swept in a series. . . . Calgary was 2-for-3 on the PP; Lethbridge was 0-for-4. . . . This was the first time all season that Calgary lost four straight games. . . . Attendance was 5,097. . . . The Hurricanes took nine of 10 games from Calgary in the regular season and playoffs. . . . Lethbridge last won the Eastern Conference playoff title in the spring of 1997 when it went on to sweep the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL’s championship final.

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