With a 29-10 lead at the half, Saskatoon looked poised on the field, but a touchdown from Thunder’s Lee Brown, followed up by Victor St. Pierre Laviolette in the fourth quarter brought Regina to within five points.
Then with 1:36 left in the game, defensive lineman Garth Knittig plowed into the end zone as the Hilltops took a 12 point lead and held on for the win.
This was the fourth meeting between the provincial rivals in the conference final, and the third time Saskatoon has defeated its southern counterparts.
The Hilltops will now host Cullen Cup Champions, the Vancouver Island Raiders, in the national semifinal on Sunday, Oct. 29th at 1 p.m,. CT at SMF Field.