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Sceviour, Hotson down in WHL finals

Ex-Hawks playing for Lethbridge

Down 3-0 in the series, Lethbridge plays host to Spokane in the fourth game of the WHL finals on Wednesday.

The Chiefs won 2-1 in overtime Tuesday to go up 3-0 in the series and take one step closer to the Memorial Cup. Game 5 would be Friday, if necessary.

Only one WHL team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series. In 1996, Spokane rallied from three games down to beat the Portland Winter Hawks in a first-round series.

Ex-Winter Hawks Colton Sceviour, Nick Hotson and Lucas Alexiuk play for Lethbridge, which swept Calgary in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Hurricanes benefited from an early season trade with the Winter Hawks, as forwards Sceviour and Hotson, sent packing as part of Portland's attempt to change the club culture, have added to the team's offense. Former Hawk D-man Alexiuk has played in half of Lethbridge's playoff games.

Calgary's T.J. Gagliardi, meanwhile, led the WHL in playoff scoring early on. The Hawks had Gagliardi on their 50-player protected list, but he refused to play for Portland, forcing a trade.

The Chiefs, a U.S. Division rival of the Winter Hawks', won the first two games of the WHL finals on home ice, outscoring the Hurricanes 9-3 and outshooting them 56-38.