Raiders look to make history with epic playoff comeback

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Down 3-0 in their playoff series with the Edmonton Oil Kings, the only thing the Prince Albert Raiders can do now is make league history.

Just two teams in the WHL’s 48-year history have won four consecutive games to overcome a 3-0 playoff series deficit; the Spokane Chiefs and the Kelowna Rockets.

The 1996 edition of the Chiefs etched themselves into the WHL history books, becoming the first team in league history to accomplish the feat.

Down 3-0 in their conference quarter-final series with the Portland Winterhawks, the Chiefs clawed back to take the series, riding the momentum all the way to the league final where they fell to the Brandon Wheat Kings four games to one. 

In their Western Conference quarter-final series with the Seattle Thunderbirds last season, the Rockets faced a 3-0 mountain after losing three straight games in overtime.

Winning three straight to force a Game 7, Rockets centre Tyson Baillie netted an overtime marker to complete the epic comeback before the Kamloops Blazers swept his team in the next round. 

The Raiders are looking to avoid being  swept in the opening round for a second-straight season after they were ousted 4-0 by the Red Deer Rebels in last year’s playoffs. 

No eighth-seeded team in WHL history has ever defeated a No. 1 ranked team. 

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