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LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: WINNIPEG WILD

04/27/2022, 10:15pm CDT
By Levi A. Taylor

The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League crowed its champion on Saturday night.

The Winnipeg Wild came back from 0 - 2 series deficit, beating the Brandon Wheat Kings 5-1 in game 3, 4-2 in game 4, and 6-3 in game 5 to earn the Jack Forsyth Champions Trophy.

Playoff MVP, Andrew Ness, turned aside 51 of 54 shots in the deciding game. He finished the playoffs with a 2.81 Goals Against Average and Save Percentage of .927.

The Wild rolled lines throughout the playoffs. Logan Belton and Noah Dziver led the team with 20 points each. Keefe Gruener scored 3 of 9 game winning goals and Kai Elkie had 2 GWGs. 

Congratulations to all the players, as well as coaches Paul Krueger, Wayne Bartley, Jesse Miller, and Tanner Mole, and to team managers Rick Rogers and Dianne Rogers.

The Winnipeg Wild will now play in the Telus West Regionals. They're joined by the Southwest Cougars (host), Notre Dame Hounds (SK), and Thunder Bay Kings (NW ONT). Tournament runs April 28 to May 1, with the winner moving on the Telus National Championship. Visit: https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/u18-club/2022 for more information. 

The Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League Playoff Results

Championship Final

1. Brandon Wheat Kings vs 2. Winnipeg Wild
Game 1: Brandon Wheat Kings 6 - 5ot Winnipeg Wild
Game 2: Brandon Wheat Kings 5 - 4 Winnipeg Wild
Game 3: Brandon Wheat Kings 1 - 5 WInnipeg Wild
Game 4: Brandon Wheat Kings 2 - 4 Winnipeg Wild 
Game 5: Brandon Wheat Kings 3 - 6 Winnipeg Wild

Round Two

1. Brandon Wheat Kings vs 5. Parkland Rangers
Game 1: Brandon Wheat Kings 8 - 1 Parkland Rangers
Game 2: Brandon Wheat Kings 7 - 3 Parkland Rangers
Game 3: Brandon Wheat Kings 7 - 0 Parkland Rangers

2. Winnipeg Wild vs.  3. Eastman Selects
Game 1: Winnipeg Wild 4 - 2 Eastman Selects
Game 2: Winnipeg Wild 7 - 2 Eastman Selects
Game 3: Winnipeg Wild 5 - 2 Eastman Selects

Round One

1. Brandon Wheat Kings vs 8. Southwest Cougars
Game 1: Brandon Wheat Kings 5 - 1 Southwest Cougars
Game 2: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 - 0 Southwest Cougars
Game 3: Brandon Wheat Kings 4 - 3 OT Southwest Cougars

2. Winnipeg Wild vs 7. Winnipeg Thrashers
Game 1: Winnipeg Wild 8 - 4 Winnipeg Thrashers
Game 2: Winnipeg Wild 2 - 1 Winnipeg Thrashers 
Game 3: Winnipeg Wild 6 - 3 Winnipeg Thrashers

3. Eastman Selects vs. 6. Winnipeg Bruins
Game 1: Eastman Selects 5 - 2 Winnipeg Bruins 
Game 2: Eastman Selects 5 - 1 Winnipeg Bruins
Game 3: Eastman Selects 3 - 2 OT Winnipeg Bruins

4. Yellowhead Chiefs vs. 5. Parkland Rangers
Game 1: Yellowhead Chiefs 1 - 3 Parkland Rangers
Game 2: Yellowhead Chiefs 4 - 2 Parkland Rangers
Game 3: Yellowhead Chiefs 2 - 5 Parkland Rangers
Game 4: Yellowhead Chiefs 1 - 3 Parkland Rangers

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