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.

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.

KE Reivers claim Division 3 Championship Title.

Congratulations to the KE Reivers, the 2017-18 Hire Marketing Division 3 Champions.

After finishing fourth in regular season, The KE Reivers defeated the WKC Wolverines and the first-ranked, CPET Canadiennes to face the third ranked Glenlawn Lions in the division Championship series. In game one, the KE Reivers narrowly defeated the Lions 3-2 (S0). In an absolutely thrilling game two, both teams played to win. In the first period, the Reivers opened the scoring after the half way mark with a goal at 10:04 (Tetrault, Ducharme, Young), and the Lions answered that goal at 4:11 (Leonard, Barr, Halliday). Score 1-1. In the second period the Reivers, opened the scoring again at 13:30 (Baptiste, Goulet), and the Lions’ Fallyn Mitchell answered with a runaway goal at 12:18. For the remainder of the period, both teams tried to find the back of the net, but the goaltenders skillfully defended them. With six seconds left on the clock, the Reivers’ Ducharme broke away from the pack to score the final goal of the period. Reivers ahead 3-2. In the third period, the Reivers opened the scoring a third time with a goal at 18:58 (Baptiste, Rolland, Fontaine). Given the incredible effort of both teams, it looked as though the rest of the period might be scoreless with goaltenders shutting down chances on both nets. Then the Reivers Baptiste, on a quick pass from Hinds, found the net, earning a hat-trick and a commanding 5-2 lead for her team. With six minutes left on the clock, a Lions comeback seemed unlikely, but determined to win, the Lions turned up the heat – drawing two penalties at 3:13 – and it was a new game. The Lions pulled the goalie for a six on three rush finding the back of the net at 2:10 (Deck, Cyrenne, Leonard); score Reivers 5-3. Still on the power play, the Lions rushed the net again, drawing a third Reivers penalty and a second power play goal at 1:05 (Sawyer, Deck, Cyrenne). With one minute left, the Lions leaned in again, hoping for a third goal, but they did not find the net again. Final score Reivers 5-4.

The Stars of the Game were:

  • 1st Star – Julianna Baptiste, KE Reivers
  • 2nd Star – Emily Deck, Glenlawn Lions
  • 3rd Star – Samantha Robert, KE Reivers

The KE Reivers and the Glenlawn Lions 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.