With a 4-1 victory over the Parkland Rangers at MTS Iceplex on Saturday, the Winnipeg Monarchs earned the provincial Bantam AAA championship and a spot representing Manitoba at the 2014 Western Canada Bantam Championship.
The Monarchs swept the Rangers in the best-of-three series that began with a 7-4 win on Friday with Monarchs forward Dylan Cassie being named the series MVP. They now move on to the Western Canada Bantam Championship, April 3-6 in Kelowna, BC to battle the top Bantam teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, with an additional team from the host province.
The Female Bantam Rural A/B and C/D leagues also saw two new champions, with Morden defeating Birtle in the A/B tournament held in Boissevain and Hamiota beating La Broquerie for the C/D title in Hamiota.
In other Provincials action, the Westman Wildcats are now one win away from the Female Midget AAA Provincials title, facing the Pembina Valley Hawks on Wednesday in Morden at 7:30 p.m. The Wildcats are up two games in their best-of-five series. And the Manitoba Midget AAA Hockey League crowned their Provincial playoffs champions on Friday, with the Winnipeg Wild winning their third straight season with a 5-4, double overtime victory over the Eastman Selects. The Wild will now compete in the West Region Qualifier in Prince Albert, SK, vying for a place in the the 2014 TELUS Cup.
Keep up to date with the 2014 Hockey Manitoba Provincials presented by Cargill Ltd. by visiting www.hockeymanitoba.ca/provincials for all schedules, scores, standings, player stats and host information. Also follow various provincial league playoffs such as Midget AAA, Junior A, Junior B, Junior C, and various Senior categories crown more 2014 Provincial champions.