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STEINBACH PISTONS WIN MJHL CHAMPIONSHIP

by Hockey Manitoba  |  April 26, 2018 10:13 am

WINNIPEG, MB – The Steinbach Pistons captured their first MJHL Championship since 2013 on April 21st when they defeated the hometown Virden Oil Capitals 2-1.

Steinbach finished the regular season on top of the MJHL standings with a record of 48-8-2-2 (100 pts) with the next closest team being the Virden Oil Capitals who finished with a 40-17-2-1 (83 pts) record.

The Pistons would begin their playoff journey with a sweep of the #8 ranked Swan Valley Stampeders before they ended up facing the #6 Winnipeg Blues who defeated the reigning back-to-back MJHL Champions and #3 ranked Portage Terriers in the first round. Steinbach would go on to beat Winnipeg in 6 games with a 4-2 series win.

The Oil Capitals started their MJHL playoffs with a 4-1 series win over the #7 Selkirk Steelers. Virden’s second round match-up would see them take on the #5 Winkler Flyers who defeated the #4 OCN Blizzard 4-2 in the first round. Virden would go on to sweep the Flyers 4-0 and wait to see who they would take on for the Turnbull Cup.

The MJHL Championship would see Virden jump out to an early 2-0 series lead after winning game 1 & 2. The Steinbach Pistons would regroup and rally off 4 straight wins to hoist the Turnbull Cup and earn they entry into the ANAVET Cup where they will face off against the SJHL Champion Nipawin Hawks.

The ANAVET Cup features the league champions from the Manitoba Junior Hockey League and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League in a best-of-seven series. The winner will advance to Canada’s National Junior A Championship (RBC Cup) held in Chilliwack, B.C. from May 12-20, 2018.

NIPAWIN HAWKS vs STEINBACH PISTONS

April 27

Nipawin Hawks

at

Steinbach Pistons

7:30 pm

April 28

Nipawin Hawks

at

Steinbach Pistons

7:30 pm

May 1

Steinbach Pistons

at

Nipawin Hawks

7:30 pm

May 2

Steinbach Pistons

at

Nipawin Hawks

7:30 pm

May 4

Steinbach Pistons

at

Nipawin Hawks (if necess)

7:30 pm

May 7

Nipawin Hawks

at

Steinbach Pistons (if necess)

7:30 pm

May 8

Nipawin Hawks

at

Steinbach Pistons (if necess)

7:30 pm


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