Hockey Manitoba loves the teams it is sending to regional and national playdowns this season. Let’s meet them:
Pembina Valley Hawks – Female Midget AAA
The Pembina Valley Hawks continued their dynasty streak in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League (MFMHL) with a sixth straight championship. The Hawks will now move on to face the Weyburn Gold Wings in the Esso Cup – West Regional qualifier held April 4-6 in Weyburn, SK. The winner of the best-of-three series will advance to the 2014 Esso Cup – National Female Midget Championship held April 20-26 in Stoney Creek, ON. In 2012 the Pembina Valley Hawks won the Esso Cup held in Charlottetown, PEI.
Best-of five series;
Game 1 – Fri, April 4, 8:45 PM (CT)
Game 2 – Sat, April 5, 8:30 PM (CT)
Game 3 – Sun, April 6, 4:00 PM (CT) (If Necessary)
Winnipeg Wild – Male Midget AAA
The Winnipeg Wild won their third straight Manitoba Midget Hockey League (MMHL) championship to advance to the TELUS Cup – West Regional qualifying tournament heldApril 3-6 in Prince Albert, SK. In the opener on Thursday night, the Wild was beaten 4-2 by the Notre Dame Argos, a team that features Colin Burston, a young man from Winnipeg whose family hails from Fisher River First Nation. Burston grew up in Winnipeg and started playing hockey at age 5 with the Dakota Lazers. He played his minor hockey at Dakota and then moved up to Bantam Triple A with the St. Vital Victorias. He then played with the Monarchs and in Grade 9 moved on to Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Sask.
In the opener Gianluca Esteves was the player of the game for the Wild.
“You don’t want to drop the first game,” Wild coach Paul Krueger told reporters after the game. “It makes for a difficult situation the next two games.”
The Wild play Game 2 tonight at 9.
Game 1 – Thu, April 3, 6:00 PM (CT) WPG Wild 2 vs Notre Dame Argos 4
Game 2 – Fri, April 4, 9:00 PM (CT) WPG Wild vs Prince Albert Mintos
Game 3 – Sat, April 5, 1:30 PM (CT) WPG Wild vs Thunder Bay Kings
Finals – Sun, April 6, 3:00 PM (CT) 1st vs 2nd
Winnipeg Monarchs – Male Bantam AAA
The Winnipeg Monarchs rolled smoothly during the 2013-14 season with only 1 loss through league play, playoffs, and provincials. However, the Monarchs will certainly face more adversity at the 2014 Western Canada Bantam Championship in Kelowna, BC held April 3-6. The Monarchs had 16 players participate in the Manitoba Games last month with many highly rated prospects expected to continue in the 2014 Hockey Manitoba U-16 Program of Excellence and also be selected in the upcoming Western Hockey League draft.
In the opener on Thursday night, Ben Kirton had two goals and an assist while Stelio Mattheos, the young man many expect with be a Top 3 in the WHL bantam draft this spring, scored a pair as the Monarchs built a 5-0 lead and coasted to a 7-5 win over the host Kelowna Rockets 7-5. Max Martin and Cedric Chenier each added three assists while Bennett Garber made 19 saves to get the win.
Game 1 – Thu, April 3, 10:00 PM (CT) WPG Monarchs 7 vs Kelowna Rockets 5
Game 2 – Fri, April 4, 2:00 PM (CT) WPG Monarchs vs Yorkton Terriers
Game 3 – Fri, April 4, 7:30 PM (CT) WPG Monarchs vs North Shore WC
Game 4 – Sat, April 5, 2:00 PM (CT) WPG Monarchs vs Lloydminster Heat
(With files from Kyle Prystupa, Hockey Manitoba)