Rookie CSLR Renards Division 2 Champions!

Congratulations to the CSLR Renards, the 2017-18 Winnipeg Free Press Division 2 Champions.

This is an incredible accomplishment for the Renards, who as a first year team faced many challenges on the road to earning their title. The Renards finished 6th place in regular season, and then went on to defeat the defending Champion Garden City Gophers in the quarter finals, and the first-ranked Beliveau Barracudas in the semi-finals to advance to the Championship round. Their competition, the Sanford Sabres who also had a memorable journey to the final playoff series. The Sabres won the Hire Marketing Division 3 Championship last season, and moved up to Division 2 this season, where they finished in 5th place. During playoffs, the Sabres rallied to defeat the fourth-ranked Springfield Sabres in a hotly contested quarter final series, and then defeated the second-ranked SJR Eagles in the semi-final round, setting the final match up: Sanford Sabres vs CSLR Renards.

In the Championship series, the CSLR Renards defeated the Sabres in game one with a 2-1 shoot out win. In an action-packed game two, the Renards got on the board with 2 seconds left in the first period (Jeffrey, Maitre). Mid-way through another hard fought period, the Renards scored again at 8:39 (Erickson, Jeffrey) for a 2-0 lead. Two minutes later, the Sabres answered that goal (Eisbrenner, Fischer), narrowing the Renards lead to one goal. Nine seconds later, the Sabres took a penalty, which they managed to kill off, but just as their player was leaving the penalty box, the Renards scored another goal (Jeffrey, Erickson). Then at the 3:53 mark, Jeffrey scored her third goal of the game (assisted by Nadeau, Maitre) increasing the Renards lead to 4-1. The response from Renards’ fans was immediate and loud – chanting “Kara, Kara, Kara” and covering the ice with hats. In the third period, the Sabres opened the scoring with a goal at 12:13 (Drozd, Talbot), but at 10:26, the Renards on fire, power forward Jeffrey broke away from the pack to score her fourth goal of the game, short-handed – and the rink erupted again. Renards now ahead 5-2. With the clock winding down and the title at stake, the Sabres picked up momentum and scored back to back goals – one at 8:08 (Thompson, Drozd) and one at 3:20 (Magarrell). Now the Sabres’ fans were raising the roof with cheers as their team closed the gap to one goal. Renards ahead 5-4, but the Sabres were not done. Taking possession on the next face-off, the Sabres goalie headed for the bench, the sixth attacker came out – and the next two minutes were as thrilling as it gets. The Sabres threw the puck at the net again and again, and then it hit the post and headed out of the zone. As the defence scrambled to throw it back in, the Renards’ Daigneault intercepted the puck. She quickly passed it up to her teammate Alyssa Erickson who found the empty net – securing the Renards’ 6-4 victory.

The Stars of the Game were:

  • 1st Star – Kara Jeffrey, CSLR Renards
  • 2nd Star – Olivia Thompson, Sanford Sabres
  • 3rd Star – Natalie Bacon, CSLR Renards

The CSLR Renards and the Sanford Sabres 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.


Players of the Week ending March 2, 2018

St. Mary’s FlamesCTV Division 1:
Congratulations St. Mary’s Flames Nicole Howorth for her outstanding performance in her team’s semi-final playoff series this week against the relentless CJS Olympiens. In game one, Nicole started the offensive rush for an assist in the Flames 2-1 win, and then scored a goal in the second period of game three contributing to the Flames 3-0 game three and series win.
Sanford SabresWFP Division 2:
Congratulations Sanford Sabres Melayna Drozd, who was a one skater wrecking machine in her team’s semi-final playoff series against the second ranked SJR Eagles. Melayna scored 5 goals in a 6-1 game one win, and another unassisted goal in a thrilling 2-1 victory clinching the series win.

Sanford, CSLR advance to Division 2 Finals

In game one of the WWHSHL Division 2 semi-final playoff series between the first ranked Beliveau Barracudas and the sixth ranked CSLR Renards this week, the Barracudas defeated the Renards 3-0. The Renards claimed game two with a score of 2-0. Series tied 1-1. In game three, with both teams fighting hard to advance, the period remained scoreless despite power play opportunities for both teams. In the second period, the Renards scored two goals, one breakaway goal at 13:44 (Purdom) and one power play goal just before the buzzer at .06 (Erikson). Both goals went unanswered, and the Renards led after the second period 2-0. In the third period, the Renards scored out of the gate at 19:44 (Purdom, Jeffrey), and then the Renards Purdom scored again at 7:51, assisted by Maitre, for a hat trick and the final goal of the game. Final Score: CSLR Renard 4-0 and the series win.

In game one of the WWHSHL Division 2 semi-final playoff series between the second ranked SJR Eagles and fifth ranked Sanford Sabres, the Sabres defeated the Eagles 6-1. Behind a game, the Eagles came out strong to capture what was undeniably a thrilling, edge of your seat game two. Despite chances at both ends, the goaltenders kept the first period scoreless. In the second period, the Sabres scored the only goal at the 5:52 mark (Drozd). In the third period, the rink erupted when the Eagles tied up the game with a goal at 7:22 (Popel, Sousa). The game remained tied as the seconds counted down to the end of the period, and it seemed like overtime was inevitable. But, with 28 seconds left on the clock, the Sabres Drozd caught a break and potted the game winning goal unassisted. Final Score: Sanford Sabres 2-1.

The Sanford Sabres and the CSLR Renards will face off in the WWHSHL Division 2 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.

Players of the Week ending November 3, 2017

CJS OlympiensCTV Division 1:
Congratulations to CJS Olympiens Brooke Collins whose red-hot week helped her team win three games. On Monday, Brooke scored 2 goals and potted an assist in the Olympiens 5-2 victory over the Kelvin Clippers. Thursday, she assisted one goal in their 5-1 victory over the FRC Centurions, and Friday, she assisted 2 more gaols the 3-1 victory over last season’s champion VMC Trojans. Brooke is now the Sabres leading scorer with 8 points this season.
Sanford SabresWFP Division 2:
Congratulations to Sanford Sabres Melayna Drozd whose incredible net skills helped her team claim two important victories this week. On Monday, Melayna scored 2 highlight goals in the Sabres 3-0 victory over the Westwood Warriors, and then Wednesday, she scored another 2 goals securing a 4-2 victory over the JH Bruns Broncos. Melayna is now the Sabres leading scorer with 8 points this season.

WWHSHL mourns the loss of Kelly Kabernick

Kabernick Family, April 2016
It is with extreme sadness that the WWHSHL learned that Kelly Kabernick, Head Coach of our Sanford Sabres women’s hockey team, passed away on the morning of October 25 following a traffic accident. Our organization is devastated by this tragic news. On behalf of our community of teams and fans, we send our most heart-felt condolences and prayers to Kelly’s wife Christine, Kate and Lauren (Sabres), Mackenzie, Carson, Julia and all their family, friends, to the Sabres women’s hockey team and the community of Sanford, as they endure this extraordinary loss.

Player of the Month March 2017

Hire Marketing Division:
Congratulations to Sanford Sabres’ Kendall Manness Player of the Month. Throughout the three game Championship series, this rookie defensive player stood out amongst a team of all-stars. Kendall consistently helped minimize the Glenlawn Lions scoring chances and had numerous ice rushes of her own. In the final deciding game, Kendall scored a goal and two assists, for three points in the Sabres hard fought 4-0 victory. During the regular season, Kendall scored 9 goals and 9 assists for 18 points.

Tonight – Hire Marketing Division Finals Game 2

Rock the Glenwood CC tonight, Friday, March 3 at 4:15 PM for what might be the deciding game in the Hire Marketing Division Playoff Finals between the Sanford Sabres and the Glenlawn Lions. The Sabres lead the best of 3 series 1-0. Should the Glenlawn Lions win game 2, the final deciding game will be held March 7. For more on this series, please click here.