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.
More tourism dollars will be fighting their way into our province according to Pat Fiacco, Boxing Canada president and CEO of Tourism Saskatchewan.
Tuesday the province announced legislation to create an athletics commission which will sanction professional mixed martial arts and boxing events.
"Anytime you host an event like that, not only does it draw fans from the local community, but we're going to get fans from all over North America," Fiacco said.
There isn't much that separates the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the B.C. Lions.
Both teams come into the West Semi-Final with identical 11-7 records; both have had their ups and downs throughout the regular season. One big difference though is at quarterback, at least when it comes to the stability of who will start for either team.
There are almost more Roughriders on the CFL's annual all-star team than you can count on two hands.
The team has announced that nine Roughriders have been selected for all-star honours:
After lobbying for a local boxing commission, former boxer Brian Hnatiw welcomes news that the provincial government is introducing legislation to create a provincial athletics commission.
“We were prohibiting a lot of activity between Alberta and Manitoba and my position was, we're the missing link in a chain-link fence,” Hnatiw said.
“When you have activity in three markets, there's just a momentum and combustion created and you get a lot more events because putting on a fight card is that much more feasible.”
With the regular season over, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are looking forward to the first playoff the year against the B.C. Lions this Sunday. But it seems Rider fans aren’t quite there.
On Tuesday, Rider’s general manager Brendan Taman told the media that they still had a number of tickets left for the playoff home opener.
“We’re hovering in and around a mark that’s probably a little bit below what we want,” said Taman. “We’re fighting some weather, and there might be some people that are still doubters. So who knows?”