It's nice to finally be right. After picking the Tri-City Americans to beat Chilliwack in 5 games in the first round (it went 6), and to beat Kelowna in the second round in 6 (it went 5), the Americans took care of Vancouver in 6, just as I had predicted (it's better to be lucky than good).
Now, the Americans will take on the Calgary Hitmen for the Ed Chynoweth Cup -- which used to be the President's Cup -- but at the end of the day is the Western Hockey League championship trophy.
It's your turn to make your picks. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Tri-City is playing for its first title in franchise history. The Americans made it this far with a 12-five record, scoring 62 goals and allowing 39. Goaltender Drew Owsley, Western Conference finals MVP, has a 2.14 GGA and a .931 save percentage.
The Hitmen, who lost to Kelowna in the WHL finals last year, needed 7 games to knock off Moose Jaw in the first round, 6 to take out Medicine Hat in the second, and cruised past Memorial Cup host Brandon in 5 games to win the East. Calgary has scored 75 goals, allowed 49 and, like the Americans, their goalie -- Martin Jones -- was named the Eastern Conference finals MVP. Martin is 12-6 with 2.61 GAA and a .905 save percentage.
Annie's pick -- Tri-City in 7