Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 4/19/12
Coming into Game Seven at the Memorial Coliseum, the momentum had entirely shifted to the Kamloops Blazers. The WinterHawks needed a huge game at home from Mac Carruth in order to keep their season alive. When it mattered most, the embattled goaltender delivered. Carruth stopped all 32 shots fired at him, and an early goal from Marcel Noebels was all the Hawks needed in a 2-0 win to close out the series, four games to three. In the previous three games, the Blazers defensive aggressiveness had prevented the high-scoring Hawks from getting scoring opportunities, and the WinterHawks lack of a true enforcer had hurt them. The defense had been unable to clear the zone, and Carruth had allowed several soft goals, resulting in an abysmal 4.78 Goals Against Average over that span.   In Game Seven, everything that had gone wrong went right again. Troy Rutkowski, Joe Morrow, William Wrenn, and Tyler Wotherspoon cleared away rebound opportunities, and Carruth did the rest, making se...
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