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Manitoba Female U18 AAA Playoffs to Begin Wednesday

Photo courtesy of the Eastman Selects

Manitoba Female U18 AAA Playoffs to Begin Wednesday

The 2019-20 Manitoba Female U18 AAA hockey season has officially come to a close. On Sunday, six of the league’s eight teams battled out their final contests of the season in three low-scoring affairs.

The Winnipeg Avros shut out the Winnipeg Ice 4-0, to secure a 22-3-3, 47-point, first-place finish, once again sitting atop the league. With the loss, the Ice concluded 2019-20 at 20-8-0 – good for second place with 40 points.

The Eastman Selects also shut out their opponents Sunday, topping the Westman Wildcats 2-0, brining themselves within three points of the Wildcats for fourth place. Westman’s 17-9-2 record gives the Wildcats 36 points, three more than Eastman’s 16-11-1 record provides.

Yellowhead – the league’s third place team – was not in action Sunday, but it’s 19-9-0 record has accounted for 38 points, which place the Chiefs two points clear of Westman for third place.

Central Plains beat Pembina Valley 3-2, in a battle between the sixth and seventh place teams. The Hawks completed the year just under .500, with an 11-14-3 record, while the Capitals went 4-21-3 on the season. The Interlake Lightning sit in eighth with a 3-22-3 record.

Despite finishing the year in fifth place, Eastman was home to the league’s top-three point scorers, as Kylie Lesuk (46 points), Madelaine DesRosiers (40 points) and Liza Vigier (38 points) finished first, second and third in league scoring, respectively. Westman’s Natalie Williamson led the league with a 1.29 goals against average between the pipes.

Playoff matchups are as follows:

  1. Winnipeg Avros VS 8. Interlake Lightning
  2. Winnipeg Ice VS 7. Central Plains Capitals
  3. Yellowhead Chiefs VS 6. Pembina Valley Hawks
  4. Westman Wildcast VS 5. Eastman Selects

The best-of-three postseason series are set to begin Wednesday, February 12, and conclude by Saturday, February 23 at the latest. The semifinal round will begin the following week.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com

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