SPHL finals shaping up to be a classic

By Roger White
March 5, 2018 - 12:00pm

The finalists have been determined for the Saskatchewan Prairie Hockey League (SPHL) championships, and to no one’s surprise it’s a matchup between the Meota Combines and the Hafford Hawks.

The Hawks, who finished first overall during the regular season, staged a dramatic comeback to defeat the Battlefords Beaver Blues and advance to the SPHL finals. The Hawks trailed the series 0-2 after the opening two games of the semifinals with the Blues, before pulling off three consecutive wins including Sunday’s 6-5 nail-biter in Hafford to clinch the series.

The Meota Combines punched their ticket to the championship series with a 3-2 series win over the Edam Three Stars in a series that was full of ups and downs. Meota won the opening two games of the series before the defending champions squared the affair at two games apiece. Meota doubled the Three Stars 4-2 in the deciding game Saturday night to advance.

The championship series will match the high-octane scoring of the Combines against the Hawks stingy defence. The Hawks allowed just 45 goals this season, while the Combines led the league's scoring. Hafford finished the regular season with 14 wins in 16 games for 28 points, just two better than the Combines who put up 13 wins in 16 games.

The league will announce the start dates of the finals, which will open in Hafford, later this week.


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