Semi final #1 - Boissevain Border Kings vs Wawanesa Jets
(Boissevain wins series 3 games to 0)
After winning the first two games of the series 9-2 and 9-1 the Boissevain Border Kings showed why they are the class of the Tiger Hills Hockey League, sweeping the Wawanesa Jets in three games to advance to the Western Division finals.
Game three of the best of five series on Wednesday night was a much tamer affair than the previous two games. But the scoreboard read the same with the Border Kings winning easily 6-1.
Boissevain scored five unanswered goals before Wawanesa’s Mike Reykdal was able to respond with a goal for the Jets with under seven minutes left in the contest.
Devon LeBlanc led the way for Boissevain with a pair of goals, with singles going to Dustin Claffey, Rylee Zimmer, David Robertson, and Braeden Boschman.
The Border Kings now await the winner of the Killarney/Hartney series.
Semi final #2 - Killarney Shamrocks vs Hartney Blues
(Killarney leads series 1 game to 0)
Killarney thrashed Hartney in the opening game of the series 9-2.
The February 17 game was highlighted by Killarney’s Ryan Howatt with a pure hat trick (three goals in a row, all in the third period). Morgan Magwood also added a pair for the winners. Issac Friesen, Aubrey Chapman, Sutton Olson, and Colton Magwood each scored for the Shamrocks who now have a 1-0 lead in the series. Troy Morrison and Mark Agnew scored the lone goals for Hartney.
Next game is scheduled for February 20 in Hartney.
Semi final #1 - MacGregor Wild vs Gladstone Lakers
(MacGregor leads series 2 games to 1)
Game three of this series was a wild one, with multiple lead changes, power play goals, and an empty netter.
The February 17 match also saw one team string together three unanswered goals only to have their opponents come right back and score four straight themselves. Eventually the clock ran out on Lakers as the Wild survived a 9-7 victory to lead the best of five series 2-1.
MacGregor broke it open in the second period, scoring four unanswered goals (two on the power play) in under six minutes, the last at 17:54, to take their first lead of the game 6-5.
Gladstone fought back and scored 35 seconds later to tie the game at 6-6, but MacGregor scored again to retake the lead less than 30 seconds later and headed into the third period nursing a 7-6 lead.
An early third period goal at 1:39 by the Wild’s Tyler Slobogian gave MacGregor a two goal cushion. Gladstone would score a late goal with 10 seconds remaining in the game but MacGregor’s Matt Varnes got an empty net goal with one second left to make it a final score 9-7.
Game four is back in Gladstone on February 22 at 8pm.
Semi final #2 - Cartwright Clippers vs Neepawa Farmers
(Series tied at 1-1)
It’s a road team series as both Cartwright Clippers and the Neepawa Farmers won away from the friendly confines of home to open the best of five playoffs.
On February 14, Cartwright was hanging on to a 1-0 lead into the third until Neepawa scored three times in under six minutes, the last at 15:19 to grab the lead 3-1.
Cartwright’s Drew Haight closed the gap to one at 16:28, but a power play goal by Riley Kolesar less than a minute later made it a 4-2 final.
Two nights later, it was a pair of goals by Bryce Enns along with three assists by Jesse Enns that helped Neepawa tie the series at 1-1.
Game three is in Cartwright on February 21 at 8pm.
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