It's a place 28 of 29 roster players have never been before: the third round of the playoffs.
Only assistant captain Shaun Furlong has been to the Ontario University Athletics west finals, and that was back in 2011.
Now, after plenty of hard work and determination, this year's edition of the Western Mustangs men's hockey team will be headed there as well, to face the fourth-seeded Guelph Gryphons. Western managed to defeat the University of Toronto Varsity Blues in game three of their second-round playoff series at Thompson Arena on Sunday 4–3 in overtime.
"Seasons [have] ended at Thompson Arena the last few years here and it's certainly nice to get back at that stage where you're playing to go to the nationals," Mustangs head coach Clarke Singer said. "Not that you need extra motivation but it's certainly nice to have."
Sunday's game was an end to an extremely exciting series that had everything: goaltending, physicality and plenty of scoring.
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