With a sweep of the Steinbach Pistons in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League final, the Portage Terriers have become the first team to win its way into the 2015 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup.
The Terriers join the host Fort McMurray Oil Barons as entrants in the regional tournament; the two will meet in the evening game on April 25th, the first day of the tournament.
Since Portage is also hosting the 2015 RBC Cup national championship, it means that three of the five teams at the WCC will earn shots at a national title.
But three WCC entrants are yet to be named.
In the British Columbia Hockey League, after stealing two wins on the road in Penticton against the Vees, the Nanaimo Clippers find themselves in an even series after Penticton was able to do the same on the road and earn victories in Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-7 championship series.
In Alberta, the Spruce Grove Saints appeared poised for a Portage-style clean sweep of the Brooks Bandits, before a narrow 2-1 home win in Game 4 extended the series and scheduled a fifth game for Friday night in Spruce Grove, where the Saints will have their second opportunity to capture their second consecutive league championship.
Finally, in Saskatchewan, a 7-1 waltz in Game 1 for the Melfort Mustangs over the Notre Dame Hounds in Game 1 of their championship series has given way to a couple of narrower contests in Games 2 and 3. Melfort snagged Game 2 by a 3-2 margin and followed it up with a 4-1 win on Wednesday night to take its own 3-0 strangehold on the championship series. With Game 4 looming on Thursday night, the Mustangs could hoist the Canalta Cup and punch their ticket to the Western Canada Cup as well.