Bron­cos win first WHL ti­tle in 25 years

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that’s the rea­son why we came out on top,” said the 19-yearold for­ward.

Gawdin was one of four play­ers re­main­ing from the open­ing day ros­ter of the 2015-16 sea­son when the Bron­cos missed the play­offs only two sea­sons ago.

“I think for my­self per­son­ally I just tried not to miss them again. I know that feel­ing and it sucked. The feel­ing right now, it’s hard to de­scribe, but it feels un­be­liev­able. With this group of guys it just makes it that much more sweeter,” said the fifth-year Bronco.

After win­ning games three and four in Everett, the Bron­cos missed their first op­por­tu­nity to clinch the se­ries with a game five loss on the road, which set up the home-ice win in front of a rau­cous sold-out crowd at the In­no­va­tion Credit Union iplex.

“Un­be­liev­able. You can hear the crowd right now. They’ve been with us all sea­son and to win at home just makes it even more spe­cial for them on this day,” said Gawdin. “Prob­a­bly the most fun I’ve had in a play­off se­ries I think,” said Gawdin. “Like you can hear right now, it’s just nuts in here. That’s what you want. To win like this makes it even more sweeter.”

The Bron­cos will open the 2018 Master­card Memo­rial Cup on Satur­day af­ter­noon against the QMJHL cham­pion Acadie-bathurst Ti­tan in Regina. They will bat­tle the OHL cham­pion Hamil­ton Bull­dogs on Mon­day and then face the host Regina Pats on Wed­nes­day.

“We def­i­nitely cher­ish this mo­ment right now. But when it comes down to it we are go­ing to the Mem Cup and we have to pre­pare and get ready for that be­cause it’s not done yet,” said El­der. Everett’s Kevin Davis (bot­tom) tried to slow down Bron­cos’ for­ward Kaden El­der with a hipcheck early in game six of the 2018 Rogers WHL Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal on Sun­day.

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Aleksi He­poniemi knocked home a loose puck from be­hind Everett Sil­ver­tips goal­tender Carter Hart with only 0.6 sec­onds left in the first pe­riod to make it 2-0 dur­ing game six of the 2018 Rogers WHL Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

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