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The Long Night: 2007 WHL Championship

May 13, 2024 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
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Medicine Hat, AB - Both teams on their way to the Memorial Cup, but something about being the top team in the WHL going into the 2007 Memorial Cup in Vancouver meant a lot to both the Host Giants and the Medicine Hat Tigers this edition of the WHL Championship.

The fog, the intensity of a seven game series would see everything happen, including double overtime in Game 7 where the name Brennan Bosch will always be immortal when it comes to moments in Tigers History.

After a disappointing 2006

The Tigers once again loaded with talent from lines 1-4 upfront and defenders capable of big minutes and another solid netminder had all the ingredients for a long run. By committee the Tigers were lead by future NHLers Kris Russell, Darren Helm, Derek Dorsett, David Schlemko, Tyler Ennis & Brennan Bosch along with local goaltender Matt Keetley who was part of the 2004 championship team now following in Kevin Nastiuk's footsteps.

The 2007 championship almost didn't happen, in round one of the WHL Playoffs, the Top Seeded Tigers in the Eastern Conference would face an eighth seeded Red Deer Rebels squad that didn't feel like an eighth seed. As they'd go a full seven games. Taking a Matt Keetley shutout in Game 7 at home to put it away. The Tigers would sweep Regina in Round 2 and then taking out the Calgary Hitmen in another all Central Division battle to reach a WHL Final in five games. Vancouver came in as team pegged to be successful and with no more than five games a series needed to get to the championship, they would be the more rested team coming in. But don't tell that to 2007 Tigers.

Medicine Hat would host Games 1-2 at the Arena falling in Game 1 but the smallest of margins in a 1-0 win. Medicine Hat would storm back in Game 2 with a 3-2 win for the 4,006 in attendance before the scene shifted to Vancouver for Games 3,4 & 5. The Tigers would get a Trevor Glass overtime win in Game 3 just 32 seconds in to give the Tigers a 2-1 series lead. Scoring would become an issue in Games 4 & 5 for the Tigers, being shutout 4-0 & 3-0 on Tyson Sexsmith's turn to be brilliant in net. The Tigers would look to force Game 7 at home in Game six in yet another tight contest winning 4-3. Setting the Stage for one of the Greatest WHL Finals in League History.

Trailing 2-1 in the second, Daine Todd would tie the game heading to the third and the corresponding overtimes till Brennan Bosch would score the WHL Championship winning goal at 7:16 into double overtime stamping the 2007 Tigers into history.

Relive the entire Game 7 below and enjoy the ride. Stay tuned for the latest Tigers news and stories here on our website and watch on our social media channels.

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