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Kenora qualifies

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The Kenora Thistles return to Telus Cup West for the fourth time in five years after sweeping a weekend best-of-three series with the Thunder Bay Kings.

The Thistles won the opener 4-3 and punched their ticket to Saskatoon with a decisive 7-1 victory in Game 2.

As part of Telus Cup West qualification, teams representing Hockey Northwestern Ontario (HNO) compete in a branch playoff. Kenora and Thunder Bay compete in different leagues during the season but square off for the right to represent HNO at Telus Cup West.

Kenora posted a 1-1-1 record but failed to qualify for the final at last season’s regional in Dauphin, Man.