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Sabres advance to WHSHL finals

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/2/2018 7:37 AM

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The SRSS Sabres swept the St. Paul's Crusaders two straight to advance to the WHSHL finals for the second year in a row.

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The SRSS Sabres swept the St. Paul's Crusaders two straight to advance to the WHSHL finals for the second year in a row.

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For the second year in a row, the SRSS Sabres will play in a Winnipeg High School Hockey League championship series.

The Sabres doubled the St. Paul's Crusaders 4-2 Thursday at Bell MTS Iceplex to punch their ticket to the WHSHL Winnipeg Free Press Division finals to be played next week at the Iceplex. SRSS lost to the Springfield Sabres in the finals last year.

SRSS, who finished first in the regular season has won four straight in the playoffs, also defeating St. Paul's 4-2 Tuesday in Steinbach in the opening game of the best of three series.

In their series clincher yesterday over the Crusaders, goaltender Avery Neufeld was stupendous making 32 saves as the Crusaders had the pressure on to equalize the series, outshooting the Sabres 34-18.

The Sabres had control of the game from the outset, skating to period leads of 2-1 and 4-1. Eric Adams led the way for the Sabres with a pair of goals, including a shorthanded marker, while Parker Janz and Carter Driedger added singles.

The best of three of finals will be played Monday, Tuesday and then Thursday if ncessary at the Iceplex, all at 5:00 p.m. Their opponents will either be the Sanford Sabres or College Beliveau, who are playing the deciding game of their series later today.

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