Pushed to the brink, the Saskatoon Blades dropped its last game of three games in the three nights against Moose Jaw Saturday night, 4-3 in overtime.
The Warriors came into Credit Union Centre looking for revenge, after falling 4-3 to the Blades Friday night in Moose Jaw.
For the first time in their history the Regina Thunder are Canadian Junior Football League Champions beating the Vancouver Island Raiders 55-26 on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium.
The game was the first time the Thunder have hosted the Canadian Bowl after they beat the Saskatoon Hilltops in the Prairie Football Conference championship game two weeks ago.
The Raiders did actually open the scoring with an early field goal and a 3-0 lead. But the Thunder led by quarterback Carter Hastings would hit Brady Keller to give Regina a 7-3 lead heading into the second quarter.
The biggest game of the CFL season to date is finally here.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are set to host the B.C. Lions at Mosaic Stadium in the West Semi-Final with the winner moving on to the West Final next Sunday in Calgary.
All week the Riders have actually been pretty quiet, opting instead to talk about themselves and not give much of anything that could be mis-quoted or taken the wrong way to give the Lions any kind of so called bulletin board material. One thing that is for sure, they're glad the week is over and now it's time to play football.
A Moose Jaw third period comeback almost spoiled a win for the Saskatoon Blades, who hung on for a second win in as many nights, 4-3 Friday night.
Coming off a 3-1 win in Brandon Thursday, the Blades came out firing and drew first blood in Moose Jaw.
Nick Zajac potted his fourth goal of the season 12 minutes into the game off a feed from Nikita Scherbak, who extended his pointstreak to 13 games with two assists Friday. Scherbak and Nathan Burns hooked up with Collin Valcourt 90 seconds later giving the Blades a 2-0 lead.
The Saskatoon Blades need fan support if they want to hoist the Canadian Hockey League's Movember championship.
"It's a golden moustache," said manager of national events Dave Adams.
This is the third year the CHL is running the prostate cancer fundraiser across the country, featuring 25 CHL teams.
However, Adams said, the past two champions weren't hockey players.
"The last two years the CHL officials have actually won so what we've done is a trophy presentation before one CHL game," Adams said, adding the referees gathered $60,000 last year.
The Roughriders will be without the services of receiver Chris Getzlaf in the West Semi-Final.
Whether Getzlaf would play or not has been the biggest question mark this week for the Riders ahead of their playoff game with the B.C. Lions. Getzlaf injured his knee in the Riders' loss to Calgary on Oct. 26 when he jumped to catch a high pass from Darian Durant and landed hard on the turf.
"(Getzlaf) is feeling a lot better," said head coach Corey Chamblin. "But I don't think he's feeling up to the task."
A pair of second period goals from Blades’ forward Brett Stovin lifted Saskatoon over Brandon 3-1 Thursday.
After a scoreless first period where the Wheat Kings outshot the Blades 13-9, the Blades found some secondary scoring from one of their veteran players.
Stovin scored two goals in the second period, 2:38 apart. Nathan Burns added another scoring his eleventh of the season. Nikita Scherbak and Graeme Craig drew assists.
With the assist Scherbak extends his poinstreak to 12 games.
For the first time in the Regina Thunder's 14-year history the team will be competing for a national championship.
In late October the Thunder beat the three-time defending champion Saskatoon Hilltops to take the Prairie Football Conference title. It wasn’t the first time the two teams had met in the conference finals but it was the first time the Thunder came out on top.
Coach Scott Macauley said this year’s team is different than those in years past.
When the CFL announced the finalists for Most Outstanding Player Awards only one member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders was left standing.
Out of the six nominees from the Riders up for the various awards offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte was the only one to be named a west nominee. LaBatte is up for the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award.
"Something I'm happy and grateful for," said LaBatte. "When somebody appreciates what you do on the field and vote for you those kinds of awards, I'm very grateful."
There remain a lot of tickets available for the Saskatchewan Roughriders' semi-final showdown on Sunday.
It is the first home playoff game for the Riders since 2010 but there are still many seats available in the expanded Mosaic Stadium. As of Thursday morning around 30,000 seats were sold.
The extra seats that were installed this season for the Grey Cup game gives Mosaic a seating capacity of up to 45,000.