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Battle of Alberta set in the Dub: Friday’s coast-to-coast

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WHL

It's been a long time in the making, a Calgary-Edmonton playoff series in April. Hard to believe the Hitmen and Oil Kings went four months without meeting in the regular season. Hitmen goalie Chris Driedger: "I don’t quite know how that worked out. All six games against them before Christmas?" (Calgary Herald)

Medicine Hat goalie Cam Lanigan on his team's vanquisher, the Edmonton Oil Kings: "They were almost a perfect team." The Calgary-Edmonton Eastern Conference final begins April 18. (Edmonton Journal)

Kamloops Blazers injury update: top-line centre Colin Smith should be back for Game 1 vs. Portland on April 19. It's doubtful the flying Frenchman, Montreal Canadiens third-rounder Tim Bozon, will be back until "late in the series," reports Gregg Drinnan. (Kamloops Daily News)

Even the Norwegian soccer ref cannot believe Kamloops enjoyed an 11-1 edge in power plays during the series clincher vs. Kelowna. Rockets coach Ryan Huska: "I find it even sadder that it was a televised game where people see that type of officiating." (Kamloops Daily News)

All things considered, Seattle Thunderbirds coach Steve Konowalchuk believes his team made progress, especially considering the injuries to Dallas Stars-drafted forward Branden Troock. (ESPN 710)

OHL

Can the Owen Sound Attack take another road game off the Plymouth Whalers in tonight's critical Game 5? (Owen Sound Sun Times)

Eighteen-year-old forward Matt Rupert will not play in London's potential series clincher in Kitchener due to a "lower-body injury." (London Free Press, Waterloo Record)

Edmonton Oilers selection Daniil Zharkov left the Belleville Bulls' series clincher against Sudbury after a check to the head from the Wolves' Charlie Dodero. Bulls coach-GM George Burnett on Zharkov: "I think he's okay." (Belleville Intelligencer)

Wolves coach Trent Cull, on his graduating overages: "We'll miss guys like Michael Kantor and Charlie Dodero, who are the closest thing to pros we have in that room, and our young guys have a lot to learn from the compete factor those guys showed. They were the heart of this team and I don't know if you can spawn that in five months over the summer, but we'll need more of that in the fall." (Sudbury Star)

QMJHL

Being up 3-1 as the lower seed in a 2-3-2 format series is a double-edged sword, says Rouyn-Noranda Huskies coach André Tourigny. (Le Soleil)

In light of that, perhaps Halifax Mooseheads fans will be happy to know the 2-3-2 will not be used for the top seeds' semifinal series vs. the Rouyn-Noranda-Quebec winner. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)

Gatineau Olympiques left wing Émile Poirier proved why he could be a late NHL first-rounder during his 13th-seeded team's run to the second round. (Le Droit)

Graduating overage Philippe Halley did an admirable job of taking on the Victoriaville Tigres' captaincy after the team cashed in assets and moved Phillip Danault to Moncton. (La Tribune

Neate Sager is a writer for Yahoo! Canada Sports. Follow him on Twitter @neatebuzzthenet. Please address any questions, comments or concerns to btnblog@yahoo.ca.

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