Surrey Eagles capture 2013 Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup
May 5, 2013
Nanaimo, BC - The Surrey Eagles are the Champions of the first-ever Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup and will now advance to the 2013 RBC Cup National Junior A Championship. The Eagles defeated the AJHL Champion Brooks Bandits 4-1 on Saturday night in Nanaimo, BC to claim the title.
Pistons season comes to an end
May 2, 2013
The Steinbach Pistons fantastic season has come to an official end. The MJHL champions lost 4-1 to host Nanaimo Klippers at the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup on Thursday.
The Pistons needed a win on Thursday against Nanaimo to advance to the WCC Page Playoff format. Ironically, the Pistons’ loss was due in large part to the stellar play of former MJHL all-star/MVP ─ goaltender Jayson Argue, who now hangs his equipment in Nanaimo.
“It’s an emotional time for the guys,” Pistons’ Head Coach Paul Dyck told AM-1250 Radio. “We had quite a run. We won’t be hanging our heads. We had a very special group with a lot of character. We can hold our heads high. We were very competitive with the top teams in western Canada. I’m very proud of my team.
“This is a great experience, especially for our younger players. We have a lot of young players and a great experience as we move forward. I saw our team really galvanize in January. It was cool to be part of that. They became just a great group.
“We’ll have a lot of confidence next season. I know the guys who had a taste of this really enjoyed it. We’re going to remember and enjoy this year. We’ll reminisce and reflect on that we accomplished.”
Argue, who starred with his hometown Swan Valley Stampeders, was busy in the Klippers net, facing 41 shots from the desperate Pistons, who finished the round-robin tournament with a 0-4 record.
While the sting of defeat will be fresh on the Pistons’ minds, the club can take solace in knowing this was the best-ever season in the history of the Steinbach franchise. The Pistons only have to look at the iconic Turnbull Trophy to remind them of the success the club achieved this season. The road to the Turnbull Trophy was an accomplishment in itself, with the Pistons having to defeat defending MJHL champion Portage Terriers, before moving past Winnipeg Blues and Dauphin Kings.
The Pistons’ accomplishments this year were nothing short of impressive, despite the bittersweet experience at the high competitive WCC.
EXTRA POINTS: Dauphin will be the site of the 2014 WCC….Surrey and Brooks play Saturday, with the winner advancing to the RBC Cup at Summerside, PEI. The loser will play on Sunday against the winner of the 3-4 game. The winner of Sunday’s game will also advance to the RBC Cup.
Terrier grad has Wight moves
May 2, 2013
Former Portage Terrier Travis Wight is enjoying a successful hockey season. He was recently named the CHL’s Man of the Year, and his Wichita Thunder have advanced to the league final.
Q & A with Pistons' Koop
May 2, 2013
Steinbach Pistons’ goaltender Corey Koop was recently named the MJHL’s playoff MVP. The native of Squamish, B.C. is currently facing pucks at the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup being staged at Nanaimo. While we all know he’s a great goaltender, we get to know him a little better with this Question/Answer session.
Must win game for Pistons on Thursday at WCC
May 1, 2013
Steinbach Pistons must defeat host Nanaimo Clippers Thursday to qualify for the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup playoffs.