The Rural Manitoba AAA Bantam Playoffs are drawing to a close and the finals are now set. To nobodies surprise it will be the Pembina Valley Hawks taking on the Brandon Wheat Kings in the final. Pembina Valley rolled through the preliminary portion of the schedule going 3-0-0 while out-scoring the opposition 28-1. Brandon went through the preliminary schedule 2-0-1 and outscored the opposition 23-5. The only blemish on the Brandon record was a tie vs. one of the other top teams in the tournament, Eastman Selects led by Kirklan Lycar.
In the semi-finals that took place this morning, it was Pembina Valley hammering on Interlake by a score of 10-1. Brandon was able to get by Eastman this morning in a re-match of tournament play by a score of 7-1 led by a Jordy Stallard hat-trick.
Pembina Valley vs. Brandon this afternoon at 5pm in the final. Stay tuned.
Bantam AAA Provincial Championship Finals
Winnipeg Bantam AAA 1 Champion vs Rural Bantam AAA Champion
Best of 3 series
March 23-25, 2012
Maples Multiplex (Winnipeg)
Game 1: March 23 - 7:30 PM
Game 2: March 24 - 7:30 PM
Game 3: March 25 - 2:30 PM (if neccesary)
Champion advances onto Western Canada Bantam Championship
April 5-8, 2012 (Spruce Grove, AB
1. Kirklan Lycar 3-10-13 4GP Eastman
2. Tyler Jeanson 7-5-12 3GP PV
3. Scott Petkau 7-4-11 4GP Eastman
4. Colt Conrad 6-3-9 3GP PV
5. Jordy Stallard 6-3-9 4GP Brandon
6. Wade Allison 1-6-7 3GP PV
7. Michael Wirth 2-5-7 3GP PV
8. Tanner Kaspick 4-3-7 4GP Brandon (98 born)
9. Robert Heckler 3-4-7 4GP Brandon
10. Nolan McGuire 2-4-6 3GP PV
AMBHL Championship Final
SSAC Southgate Lions 5 - Calgary Bisons 4
SSAC build up a 5-1 3rd period lead and survive a late 3 goal Bisons comeback to hold on to a 5-4 win and take game 1 of the best of 5 series. SSAC was once again led by 98 born star forward Tyler Benson who scored a natural hat-trick to give the Lions a 5-1 lead and his 3rd goal was the eventual game winner. They also got 2 goals from top 10 rated prospect for the May 3rd bantam draft - Giorgio Estephan. David Quennville chipped in with a pair of helpers. Benson who leads the AMBHL playoffs in scoring with 10-14-24, Estephan is 2nd at 12-9-21 and Quennville 3rd at 5-12-17. For the Bisons, Nick Merkley scored twice, giving him 8 goals in 7 games. Shmyr continues to lead the Bisons in scoring with 7-8-15 in 8 games. Phillips scored again for the Bisons and '99 born forward Kyle Olson had 2 assists.
Game 2 goes this afternoon once again in Edmonton.
BC Bantam Provincials
British Columbia Provincials Schedule
The B.C. Bantam Tier 1 Provincials will take place from March 19-22 in Kamloops at the MacArthur Island Sports and Events Centre.
10:30 - BWC - Kamloops
1:30 - Kelowna - Prince George
4:30 - Cloverdale - Victoria
7:30 - Opening Ceremonies
8:00 - Prince George - Kamloops
8:00 - Victoria - BWC
11:00 - Kelowna - Cloverdale
5:00 - Prince George - BWC
8:00 - Kamloops - Cloverdale
8:00 - Kelowna - Victoria
2:00 - Cloverdale - BWC
5:00 - Victoria - Prince George
8:00 - Kamloops - Kelowna
8:00 - Cloverdale - Prince George
11:00 - BWC - Kelowna
2:00 - Kamloops - Victoria
8:00 - Championship Game 1 vs 2
Saskatchewan Banatam SBAAHL Semi's
Balgonie 4 - Melville 1
The Prairie Storm advance to the league finals and a chance to represent Saskatchewan at westerns in Spruce Grove by virtue of a 4-1 victory yesterday. They got goals from Phillipson, Halbgewachs, Reid and Beaudry - a good sign for Balgonie is the spread out of others scoring a bit in the playoffs so far. They will need that as they advance further. Melville's lone goal was scored by Neuls.
Sask Valley 5 - North East Wolfpack 3
The Vipers live to play another day by winning in Melfort 5-3. Ryan Rothenburger scored twice and D- Evan Fiala scored 1-2-3. Fiala has made a steady climb up the rankings this season and is a good bet to be selected now in the top 3 rounds. For North East, Zac Paziuk scored his 2nd consecutive 2 goal game. He has really stepped up his game in the playoffs and now has 7 goals in 4 games thus far. The 3rd and deciding game goes at the beautiful new Warman Legends Centre on Tuesday night. Winner plays Balgonie in the final.