Stuart Skinner accomplished something almost unthinkable this series.
The 19-year-old shut out the WHL's leading scoring team three straight times in their own building on the way to a seven game series victory for the Swift Current Broncos.
With shutout victories in Games 2, 5 and 7, Skinner proved his place as one of the clutch playoff goaltenders in the league and helped his team advance to an Eastern Conference final against his old club from Lethbridge.
"It feels amazing," Skinner said. "I'm actually pretty tired so I'm excited to get a couple days off and rest up for round three. Three wins playing away is huge. That's the reason we won this series. I'm so thankful to have this group of guys. We're a family here. I love it."
Swift Current saved their best game of the series for the last one as they dominated the league's top team from almost start to finish on the way to a 6-0 victory.
"I don't think anybody would have expected that from either side," said Broncos Associate Coach Ryan Smith. "Two teams that battled for six games back and forth all season long and last season. It's a great rivalry. It just went our way and we played well... we're happy but we're humble. We know we beat a really good team."
Glenn Gawdin showed his leadership with two big goals and two assists in the victory for Swift Current as they knocked off a team that has been their biggest rival in back-to-back seasons. The win was especially sweet coming off the heartbreak of a Game 6 triple overtime loss.
"For us for some reason we like to play Game 7s," Gawdin said. "Adversity for this team means nothing. The way that we can kind of bounce back an fight through adversity is a real reason we won 6-0 tonight."
That adversity was something that seemed to motivate the Broncos rather than sag them.
"To do it in that fashion it just proves our resilience," said forward Giorgio Estephan. "We played a great game overall. It kind of proves to our team that through adversity and losing a game like we did in Game 6, to come back and put up a game like we did today is pretty good."
Estephan, Tyler Steenbergen, Colby Sissons and Max Patterson had Swift Current's other goals. Sissons opened the scoring and had a three point night for his club.
The series was oddly dictated by the road team as the visitor won five of the seven games in the series.
Now Estephan, Skinner and Tanner Nagel get set to face their old club from Lethbridge in the WHL Eastern Conference final starting Friday and Saturday in Swift Current. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at noon at scbroncos.com.