After the sour taste of last year's playoff exit, Flames prospect Dillion Dube has been on a mission to erase that memory and create a new ones.
The centreman has been a major factor in the Kelowna Rockets punching their ticket to the WHL's Western Conference Final. He will look to carry over his early playoff success to help the Rockets exorcise past demons against the Seattle Thunderbirds, the same team that sent the Kelowna home in last season's playoff run.
With only three losses in the first two rounds thus far, the Rockets are just four wins away from the WHL Final. Here's a look at what Dube has done so far in the 2017 playoffs:
Western Conference Quarterfinals Series Kelowna Rockets vs. Kamloops Blazers - Rockets Win Series 4-2
Dube was a major factor in the first round series against the Blazers, scoring four goals to go along with six points in the six-game series to help the Rockets advance to the second round. He would earn first star honours in Games 4 and 6, with the only goal scored in a 1-0 win in Game 4, and a goal and assist in the series-clinching Game 6 victory. His four goals was second on the team in the series. Twice in the round, Dube had a multi-point nights and also had the game-winning goal in Games 2 and 4.
Western Conference Semi-Finals Series Kelowna Rockets vs. Porland Winterhawks - Rockets Win Series 4-1
Dube took on the role of playmaker in the second round, dishing out seven assists to finish with nine points as the Rockets eased by the Winterhawks. After being held off the scoresheet in a loss in Game 3, Dube would bounce back in Games 4 and 5 with a combined total of six points (one goal, five assists) in the two games to help guide the Rockets back to the Western Conference Final. Dube added three more multi-point games, to go along with a four-point performance in the deciding Game 5.
Career Playoff Statistics
Games Played - 48
Assists - 20
Points - 33