St. Mary’s Flames win WWHSHL Championship Title

Congratulations to the St. Mary’s Flames who won the CTV Division 1 Finals last night to become the 2017-18 WWHSHL Champions. It was a sweet victory for the Flames who won the series on the 10th anniversary of their last championship title earned in the 2007-08 WWHSHL season. The Flames had a consistently strong season, finishing in first place with a record 100 goals during regular season. The 100th goal was scored by their Captain Alexia Lecocq, assisted by Jade Giesbrecht.

In the final series against the Dakota Lancers, the Flames defeated the Lancers 4-1 in game one March 7, and then 7-3 in game two last night for the best of three series win. In the first period, the Flames scored two goals at 6:07 (Rakowski, Oxenforth) and at 3:54 (Geisbrecht, Boguski), and the Lancers answered with a single goal at 3:07 (S. Neale, Olfert, Rubigny). In a hotly contested second period, the Flames scored the only goal at 13:34 (Kim, Geisbrecht) for a 3-1 lead. In an exciting third period, the Flames opened the scoring with a goal at 18:00 (Boguski, Kim) answered by the Lancers at 11:41 (Bridle, A. Neale, Shatford). The Flames scored again at 11:01 (Duma, Odowichuk, Bird) and the Lancers answered that goal at 9:02 (Olfert, Shatford, Rubigny); score Flames 5-3. Despite a number of chances for the Lancers during the final minutes of the game, the Flames scored two more goals; one at 4:42 (Odowichuk, Kim, Boguski) and at .02 (Kim, Boguski).

The Stars of the Game were:

  • 1st Star – Abbey Boguski, St. Mary’s Flames
  • 2nd Star – Sonya Neale, Dakota Lancers
  • 3rd Star – Jade Geisbrecht, St. Mary’s Flames

The St. Mary’s Flames and the Dakota Lancers will be honored at the WWHSHL Excellence and Leadership Awards on Monday, April 16, 2018. For detailed series and playoff information, please visit 2017-18 Playoffs.

Shoot outs dominate Game 1 Division Finals

WWHSHL Playoffs CTV Division Game 1
Photo Credit: Winnipeg Free Press
In game one of the CTV Division Championship series, the St. Mary’s Flames defeated the Dakota Lancers 4-1. In the first period both teams scored a goal; the Flames at 7:17 (Duma, Boguski, Bird) and the Lancers at 1:03 (S. Neale, Olfert). The second period was scoreless. The Flames broke the 1-1 tie with a goal at 12:28 (Bird, Duma), and another at 2:16 (Lecocq, Odowichuk). The Lancers pulled their goalie for a 6-player attack, but the Flames scored on the empty net at 1:16 (Duma, Bird). Stars of the Game: 1st Star – Julianna Duma, Flames; 2nd Star Brooklyn Olfert, Lancers; and 3rd Star Alexi Lecocq, Flames. Series score: St. Mary’s 1-0.

The Winnipeg Free Press Division 2 final series got of to an amazing start. In a thrilling first game between the CSLR Renards and the Sanford Sabres, the first two periods remained scoreless. In the third period, the Renards scored at 17:23 (Erickson, Delaquis) and the Sabres answered at 15:12 (Thompson, Halstead) to tie the game 1-1. Both teams turned up the heat, creating but not capitalizing on several power play opportunities during the remainder of regulation and the overtime period. The Renards won the shoot out round to defeat the Sabres 2-1 (SO). Stars of the Game: 1st Star – Alexis Bossuyt, CSLR Renards; 2nd Star Olivia Thompson, Sanford Sabres; and 3rd Star Mariella Daigneault, CSLR Renards. Series score: CSLR Renard 1-0.

In the hotly contested Hire Marketing Division Finals, the KE Reivers defeated the Glenlawn Lions 3-2 in a game one shoot out. The Reivers came out strong and scored back to back goals in the first period; one at 4:42 (Baptiste, Becker) and the other at 4:21 (Goulet). Momentum shifted in the second period. The Lions answered both Reivers goals with a short-handed goal at 13:22 (Blackburn, Leonard) and another at 7:38 (Barr, Leonard, Spence) to tie the game 2-2. Both the third period and the overtime period were scoreless despite several chances by both teams. Stars of the Game: 1st Star – Brooke Goulet, KE Reivers; 2nd Star -Olivia Devine, Glenlawn Lions, and 3rd Star Samantha Robert, KE Reivers. Series score: KE Reivers 1-0.

Game two in all division will be played March 9 at the Dakota Community Centre. For additional details, check the series schedule.


Flames, Lancers advance to Championship Finals

In game one of the WWHSHL CTV Division 1 semi-final playoff series between the first ranked St. Mary’s Flames and the fourth ranked CJS Olympiens this week, the Flames narrowly defeated the Olympiens 2-1. The Olympiens came out strong in game 2 and defeated the Flames 3-1. With the series tied 1-1, St. Mary’s opened the scoring at the 13:38 mark (Balcaen, Kim, Steciuk) of the first period, and then added two more goals in the second period, one at 12:39 (Howorth, Rakowski, Geisbrecht) and another at 1:46 (Steciuk, Balcaen, Howorth). The Olympiens turned up the heat in the third period to deny all the Flames scoring chances, however, they were also unable to get on the board. Final Score: St. Mary’s Flames 3-0 and the series win.

In the hotly contested semi-final series between the second ranked Dakota Lancers and the third ranked Selkirk Royals, the Lancers captured game one 3-1, and the Royals answered with a sound 4-1 defeat in game 2. With the series tied 1-1, both teams played to win in the deciding game three. Just as it looked like the first period would be scoreless, the Lancers scored a breakaway goal at the 3:50 mark (Borsboom) and the Royals answered just before the buzzer at .08 (Truthwaite, Johnstone, Horbaty) for a first period score 1-1. In the second period, the Royals struck first with a goal at 12:03 (Hobraty, Goetz), but the Lancers dominated the rest of the period scoring four goals at 8:12 (Sharford, S. Neale), at 8:03 (S. Neale, Olfert, Shatford), at 6:51 (S. Neale, Neale, Rubigny) and a powerplay goal at 5:55 (Shatford, S. Neale). Second period score Lancers 5 vs Selkirk 2. In the third period, the Royals struck first again with a breakaway goal at 14:48 (Carter). However, the Lancers seemingly unstoppable line of Neale and Shatford answered the Royals goal with three more of their own for a score of 8-3 at the 5:27 mark. The Royals managed one more scoring rally with 2 minutes left on the clock (Desjarlais), but it was not enough to claim game three. Final score: Lancers 8-4 and the series win.

The St. Mary’s Flames and the Dakota Lancers will face off in the WWHSHL Championship Playoff Finals at the Dakota Community Centre March 7, 9 and 13 if necessary. For additional details, check the series schedule.

Players of the Week ending February 23, 2018

Dakota Lancers CTV Division 1:
Congratulations Dakota Lancers Sonya Neale, a power forward who was on fire this week earning 10 points in their 3 game playoff series against the defending champion VMC Trojans. In game one, Sonya scored 2 goals and added an assist in the Lancers 5-2 win, and then in game two, scored another goal in a hard fought 3-2 overtime loss. In the deciding game three, Sonya’s dominating offensive play earned her 3 goals and 3 assists for the Lancers 6-3 series win.
Sanford SabresWFP Division 2:
Congratulations Sanford Sabres Hayley Shirtliff who played a solid series both offensively and defensively against the Springfield Sabres during the division Quarter Finals this week. Hayley’s hard work paid off in a big way, as she scored the winning goal in a thrilling 2-1 game three victory for the series win, advancing her team to the semi-finals next week.

Regular Season First Half Leaders

December 22 marked the end of a very competitive first half of play in the 2017-18 WWHSHL Regular Season. In CTV Division One, the St. Mary’s Flames, Dakota Lancers and CJS Olympiens are tied for first place with the Selkirk Royals knocking at their door. The SJR Eagles lead the Winnipeg Free Press Division, with the defending division champion Garden City Gophers one point behind. The Lorette Scorpions lead the Hire Marketing Division followed by last season’s championship finalist Glenlawn Lions and the rookie CPET Canadiennes.

The overall point scorers for the League are Ashley Keller, Beliveau Barracudas (33 points), and Dakota Lancers’ Risa Shatford and Sonya Neale (31 points). Leading the Goals against average is Emily Shippam, St. Mary’s Flames (1.88), followed by Rachelle Jeffrey, Beliveau Barracudas (1.49) and Grace Fedirchuk, SJR Eagles (1.50). Grace Fedirchuk also leads the League’s goaltenders with 6 shut-out victories.

For more stats and standings, please follow the links below:
Division StandingsPlayer Stats

Players of the Week ending October 27, 2017

Dakota LancersCTV Division 1:
Congratulations Dakota Lancers Risa Shatford and Sonja Neale for a monster effort that led their team to three impressive wins this week over the defending League champion VMC Trojans (5-4), Miles Mac Buckeyes (6-4) and the River East Kodiaks (3-0). Risa scored 3 goals and 3 assists and Sonya scored 4 goals and 2 assists, for a total of 6 points each in the three games.
SJR EaglesWFP Division 2:
Congratulations SJR Eagles Grace Fedirchuk for her outstanding goaltending performance this week. Grace stopped 36/37 shots in her team’s 4-1 win over the Beliveau Barracudas, stopped 19/21 shots to squeak out a 3-2 win against the CSLR Renards, and then stopped 17/20 shots in a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against the Springfield Sabres.

Players of the Week ending December 16, 2016

CTV Division:
Congratulations to Dakota Lancers’ Risa Shatford, our CTV Division Player of the Week. This stellar center strong on the penalty kill and pushing relentlessly to victory, scored 3 goals and an assist in a very exciting 5-4 win over the red hot Oak Park Raiders. Risa leads team scoring with 20 points this season.
WFP Division:
Congratulations to Miles Mac Buckeyes’ Elise Catellier, our Winnipeg Free Press Division Player of the Week. This crafty forward and catalyst in her line, assisted on the tying goal in a hard-fought game against the powerful Springfield Sabres, then scored the winning goal at 1:01 in the 3rd edging the Sabres out. Elise leads team scoring with 10 points this season.

Players of the Week ending November 6, 2016

CTV Division:
Congratulations to Dakota Lancers’ Sonya Neale who was red hot as she scored 2 big goals this week; her second being the game winner late in the third period in a hard fought 5-3 victory over the powerful Shaftesbury Titans. Sonya was all over the ice and in addition to her scoring touch played a tough defensive game.
WFP Division:
Congratulations to SJR Eagles’ Alyssa Denis who was sensational this week. In game one, Alyssa stopped 29 shots in regular time and then stonewalled the Kelvin Clippers in over time and the shoot out to help her team to a 3-2 victory. In game two, she stopped all the shots the Miles Mac Buckeyes could muster in another shoot out and 1-0 win victory.

Players of the Week ending November 13, 2015

CTV Division:
Congratulations to Dakota Lancers’ Sonja Neale who had a huge week, scoring 3 goals in the Lancers’ 4-3 win over the CLC Scorpions, and then 3 days later, scoring 2 goals and an assist in their 7-4 win over the River East Kodiaks. Sonja was the catalyst on the ice for the Lancers as she controlled the ebb and flow of each game.

WFP Division:
Congratulations to CSHC Huskies’ Danielle Chobotar who was a wrecking machine in the Huskies’ 5-0 victory over the Glenlawn Lions. Danielle scored 3 goals and worked exceedingly hard in all 4 corners of the ice as if she owned it. She never stopped until the game ended.

Dakota Lancers take the WWHSHL Championship title 3rd straight season


The Dakota Lancers’ win the WWHSHL 19th Annual Championship title in a nail-biting CTV Division series against the SMA Flames. Due to the incredible talent and relentless effort of both teams, the game remained scoreless through regular and overtime play. Lancers’ rookie forward Sonya Neale scored the third and final game’s only goal in the overtime shoot out, securing the win for her team and rocking the rink at the Iceplex. Congratulations to the Dakota Lancers’ on winning this season’s championship and for retaining the title for 3 straight seasons. The Dakota Lancers’ will be presented with the WWHSHL Championship trophy at the 19th Annual Excellence and Leadership Awards April 15, 2015. #wwhshl #hockey #winnipeg #ctv