MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - The Saskatoon Blades are one loss away from having a long layoff before hosting the Memorial Cup.
The host Medicine Hat Tigers built a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-2 victory Tuesday over the Blades in Game 3 of an opening round WHL playoff series between the clubs.
The Tigers have a stranglehold 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series, and can eliminate Saskatoon in Game 4 on Wednesday.
Curtis Valk, Kyle Becker, Steven Owre, Logan McVeigh and Hunter Shinkaruk netted goals for the Tigers.
Lukas Sutter and Dalton Thrower replied with singles for the Blades.
Cam Lanigan made 42 saves in goal for the Tigers. Andrey Makarov stopped 10 of 14 shots fired his way starting in goal for the Blades. Alex Moodie turned away 19 of 20 shots playing from the start of the second period on.