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MEDICINE HAT TIGERS WIN 2007 WHL CHAMPIONSHIP

MATT KEETLEY NAMED MVP – The Medicine Hat Tigers were crowned 2007 WHL Champions after defeating the visiting Vancouver Giants 3-2 in double overtime in Game 7 of the 2007 Western Hockey League Championship series on Monday, May 14th in Medicine Hat, AB.
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rBrennan Bosch scored 7:16 into the second overtime to lift the Tigers to the win in the seventh and deciding game of the best-of-seven series. The 19-year-old product of Martensville, SK, wheeled up the middle into the Giants’ zone on a 3-on-2 and wired a wrist shot that beat Giants’ goaltender Tyson Sexsmith on the stick side.
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rTigers’ forward Daine Todd tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third period to force the overtime after the Giants had built up a 2-1 lead on second period goals from Wacey Rabbit and Michal Repik.
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rTyler Ennis opened the scoring for the Tigers with a power play marker in the first period.
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rIn what was a goaltenders duel, particularly in the first overtime period, Matt Keetley and Sexmith both made several key stops as the Tigers and Giants traded plenty of quality scoring chances.
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rKeetley, named the WHL Playoff Most Valuable Player, turned aside 37 of 39 shots for the Tigers to earn the victory. Sexsmith stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced in a valiant effort in the defeat.
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rIt’s the second WHL Championship for the Tigers in the last four years. Medicine Hat won the 2004 WHL title after sweeping the Everett Silvertips in four games in the Championship series.
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rBoth the Giants and Tigers have already qualified for the 2007 MasterCard Memorial Cup tournament. The Giants host the Memorial Cup tournament meaning will participate as WHL Champions.
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rThe Tigers and Giants will join the QMJHL Champion Lewiston MAINEiacs and the OHL Champion Plymouth Whalers at the tournament, which begins on May 18th in Vancouver, B.C.
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rGame Summary
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rMATT KEETLEY NAMED 2007 WHL PLAYOFF MVP
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rMedicine Hat, AB — Goaltender Matt Keetley of the Medicine Hat Tigers was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Western Hockey League playoffs after backstopping the Tigers to the 2007 WHL Championship.
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rKeetley, a 21-year-old Medicine Hat, AB, product posted a 16-7 record in 23 games during the 2007 WHL playoffs, along with a 2.18 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage.
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rKeetley led all WHL netminders during the post-season in minutes played (1407), shots (606), and shared the WHL lead in shutouts with four.
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rThe Calgary Flames prospect stopped 37 of 39 shots he faced in the Tigers’ 3-2 double overtime victory over the Vancouver Giants in the seventh and deciding game of the 2007 WHL Championship series.
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rKeetley, who was named to the WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star team, has spent his entire four-year WHL career with his hometown Tigers, appearing in 152 regular-season games while posting 105 career wins.
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