Western Division Final
Killarney Shamrocks vs Boissevain Border Kings
(Boissevain wins 3 games to 2)
- Game 1 Killarney 1 Boissevain 2
- Game 2 Boissevain 2 Killarney 5
- Game 3 Killarney 4 Boissevain 1
- Game 4 Boissevain 3 Killarney 0
- Game 5 Killarney 3 Boissevain 6
Down two games to one in the best of five Western Division Final, the Boissevain Border Kings dug in and won the final two games against the Killarney Shamrocks and now advance to the league championship.
The Border Kings, undefeated during the regular season, headed into game 4 on March 6 one loss away from being knocked out of the playoffs. What saved their season was their special teams play.
Boissevain opened the scoring late in the first at 19:27 on a Rylee Zimmer power play goal, assisted by Devon LeBlanc. The 1-0 Boissevain lead held up until midway in the third when another special teams goal, this time shorthanded by Nathan Bruyere, increased their lead to 2-0.
With time running out on Killarney, Rylee Zimmer got his second of the night for Boissevain at 18:27 to put the game out of reach 3-0.
With the series now tied at 2-2, it would all come down to the final game in Boissevain the following night.
Game five saw Killarney jump out to an early lead at 4:24 of the first period on a goal by Jesse Bernard but Boissevain stormed back with three unanswered tallies, two by Devon LeBlanc and one by David Robertson on the power play to take a 3-1 lead into the intermission.
And just like the first period, Killarney opened the scoring early in the second, this time on a Isaac Friesen power play goal.
And once again, Boissevain answered right back, this time with two goals 35 seconds apart (Devon LeBlanc, hat trick goal, and Erik Pushka) to push the lead to 5-2 after two.
The two teams exchanged third period goals, including an empty netter by Boissevain’s Erik Pushka. Final score, Boissevain 6, Killarney 3 and a 3-2 series win.
Boissevain now plays the Neepawa Farmers for the Tiger Hills Hockey League championship.
Eastern Division Final
MacGregor Wild vs Neepawa Farmers
(Neepawa wins series 3 games to one)
- Game 1 Neepawa 5 MacGregor 1
- Game 2 Neepawa 2 MacGregor 5
- Game 3 MacGregor 3 Neepawa 4
- Game 4 MacGregor 4 Neepawa 5 (OT)
Splitting the first two games on the road in MacGregor, the Neepawa Farmers took advantage of their home ice, winning both games in Neepawa, taking the Eastern Division Final three games to one.
With the series tied 1-1, game three midweek in Neepawa on March 4 was close the entire 60 minutes. Every time Neepawa scored, MacGregor would answer right back.
Neepawa was up 2-1 after the first and MacGregor came back with one in the second to send the game tied 2-2 heading into the third.
Neepawa scored to pull ahead, this time on a goal by Garett Rempel at 7:08 of the third. MacGregor answered, this time 11 seconds later when Maverick Rafter tied it up for the Wild.
Then, with the game tied 3-3 and the series tied 1-1, MacGregor’s Dustin Bruce was sent off for tripping at 18:50.
It didn’t take long for Neepawa to take advantage. With only 16 seconds gone in the penalty and 54 seconds left in regulation, Neepawa’s Daylon Creasy scored what would be the game winner on the power play for the 4-3 victory and 2-1 series lead.
Three nights later in Neepawa on March 7 the outcome was even closer than the one-goal win by Neepawa in game three.
This time, it took extra time to decide the winner with Neepawa scoring at 5:14 into overtime to win the game 5-4 and take the series 3-1.
Tied 1-1 after the first, 3-3 after the second, and 4-4 after three, it was unfortunate that one of these teams had to lose.
At 2:16 into extra time, MacGregor’s Luca Neufeld took a minor for high sticking. The Wild killed off the penalty but less than one minute later at 5:13, Garett Rempel scored the game and series winner for Neepawa.
Neepawa now plays the Boissevain Border Kings for the Tiger Hills Hockey League championship.