Round three of the Tiger Hills Hockey League playoffs got underway Friday night. The Miniota/Elkhorn C-Hawks scored five unanswered second period goals en route to a 10-3 victory over the Killarney Shamrocks in game one of their best-of-five West Division final. Shawn Bowles scored five times and Brad Bowles had five assists for the C-Hawks. Jon Kowal scored 6:28 into overtime to lift the Minnedosa Bombers past the Lakers 3-2 in Gladstone in game one of the East Division final.
The Dauphin Clippers lost both round robin games and were eliminated at the Provincial AAAA High School Hockey Championship in Winnipeg. The Clippers fell 5-2 to Garden City and 5-1 to Steinbach Regional. The SRSS will face St. Paul’s and Garden City will meet Westwood in the semifinals which have been rescheduled from today to Sunday because of the snowfall warnings.
The Westman High School Hockey League semifinal between the Killarney/Wawanesa Raiders and Neepawa Tigers is going the distance. Jory Kulbacki and Tarek Lapointe each had a goal and two assists as the Tigers downed the Raiders 4-2. The best-of-three series is tied at one. Jaden Trotz scored in overtime to lift Minnedosa/Erickson past the Virden Golden Bears 3-2 in game one of their consolation semifinal.
Roux Bazin and Colten Miller did the goal scoring and Owen LaRocque made 36 saves as the Virden Oil Capitals edged the Steelers 2-1 in Selkirk. The Oil Capitals, who have four games left, are tied for second place in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s West Division with the OCN Blizzard. Both teams have 67 points and are five back of the first place Swan Valley Stampeders.
Ethan Stewart and Keenan Skrupa scored two minutes apart early in the second period as the Brandon Wheat Kings defeated the defending Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League champion Winnipeg Wild 3-1 in game one of their best-of five semifinal. Brandon’s KC Couckuyt made 38 saves.
Ty Nash scored 3:08 into overtime to lift the Winnipeg Ice past the Edmonton Oil Kings 5-4.
Goaltender Kristen Campbell of Brandon and defenseman Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne were named to Team Canada’s 23-player roster for the 2023 World Women’s Hockey Championship which will be held April 5th-16th in Brampton, Ontario.
Souris will take on the host Frontier Raiders in the final of the Provincial Junior Varsity A/AA Boys Basketball Championship in Cranberry Portage. The Sabres defeated Margaret Barbour of The Pas 55-49 in the semifinals. Virden will face Carberry in the consolation final. Souris will meet the host Margaret Barbour Spartans in the consolation final at the A/AA Girls championship in The Pas.
Manitoba champions Matt Dunstone, B.J. Neufeld, Colton Lott and Ryan Harnden will meet defending champion Brad Gushue at 6 p.m. in the 1-2 Page Playoff game at the 2023 Brier in London, Ontario. Dunstone defeated Brendan Bottcher of Calgary 5-3 and Gushue bounced Mike McEwen of Ontario 9-3. Bottcher and McEwen play in the 3-4 Page Playoff game at 12 p.m.