Moose Jaw Warriors win first ever Ed Chynoweth Cup

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For the first time ever, the Moose Jaw Warriors are Ed Chynoweth Cup champions. On Wednesday, the Warriors beat the Portland Winterhawks four games to none in the best out of seven Western Hockey League championship final.

The Warriors won game four of the series 4-2. Left winger Martin Rysavy led the Warriors with two goals. The other Warriors players who scored a goal were center Brayden Schuurman of Abbotsford, British Columbia and Matthew Savoie of St. Albert, Alberta.

The fourth game of the series was tight for most of the contest. In fact, the game was tied at two up until five minutes and 53 seconds left. That is when Schuurman scored from Rilen Kovacevic of Kelowna, British Columbia and Ethan Semeniuk of Fort St. John, British Columbia. Rysavy then scored a key insurance goal with two minutes and 27 seconds left in the third period into an empty net.

With the Warriors win, Canadian Hockey League history was made. For the first time ever, there were championship sweeps in all three junior hockey league finals in the same year. The London Knights swept the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League, and the Drummondville Voltigeurs swept the Baie-Comeau Drakkar in the Quebec Maritimes Junior Hockey League Final.

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