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Dauphin Kings Neepawa Natives OCN Blizzard Portage Terriers Selkirk Steelers Steinbach Pistons Swan Valley Stampeders Virden Oil Capitals Wayway Wolverines Winkler Flyers Winnipeg Blues Winnipeg Freeze

Battle for the Turnbull Trophy begins

It’s affectionately called the “Second Season”. Yes, it’s playoff time in the MJHL. The two Survivor Series have been settled, and now it’s on to first-round action. Below are First-Round previews. See you at the rink!

MJHL Playoffs – First Round Preview

(1)    Portage Terriers vs. (8) Selkirk Steelers

The Portage Terriers begin their run at a second straight MJHL Championship when they meet the Selkirk Steelers. The regular season series was an interesting one between these two teams. The Terriers owned it when it came to wins, going 5-1-0 against the Steelers. However, four of the six contests were decided by two goals or less with Selkirk winning one of them.

SCHEDULE

GM 1 – Friday Mar. 11 – Selkirk @ Portage – 7:30pm
GM 2 – Sunday Mar. 13 – Portage @ Selkirk – 7:30pm
GM 3 – Tuesday Mar. 15 – Selkirk @ Portage – 7:30pm
GM 4 – Friday Mar. 18 – Portage @ Selkirk – 7:30pm
*GM 5 – Saturday Mar. 19 – Selkirk @ Portage – 7:30pm
*GM 6 – Monday Mar. 21 – Portage @ Selkirk – 7:30pm
*GM 7 – Wednesday Mar. 23 – Selkirk @ Portage – 7:30pm

Key Regular Season Stats

Goals For Average

Terriers: 4.60
Steelers: 3.27

Goals Against Average

Terriers: 2.05
Steelers: 4.25

Power Play

Terriers: 24.57% (3rd)
Steelers: 16.96% (8th)

Penalty Kill

Terriers: 88.80% (1st)
Steelers: 75.58% (8th)

Portage’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Brad Bowles (45G, 57A = 102 PTS)
2. Adam Wowryk (24G, 41A = 65 PTS)
3. Shawn Bowles (19G, 46A = 65 PTS)

Selkirk’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Riley Derlago (27G, 29A = 56 PTS)
2. Dallas Starodub (21G, 35A = 56 PTS)
3. Ty Kraus (18G, 38A = 56 PTS)

(2)    Steinbach Pistons vs. (7) Swan Valley Stampeders

The Swan Valley Stampeders will hope the momentum from their survivor series win against Wayway will carry over into this series. During the regular season the Steinbach Pistons did not lose to the Stampeders, going 6-0-0 against them. Three of the meetings were decided by just one goal, with two of them going past the 60 minute mark.

SCHEDULE

GM 1 – Friday Mar. 11 – Swan Valley @ Steinbach – 8:00pm
GM 2 – Saturday Mar. 12 – Swan Valley @ Steinbach – 8:00pm
GM 3 – Wednesday Mar. 16 – Steinbach @ Swan Valley – 7:30pm
GM 4 – Thursday Mar. 17 – Steinbach @ Swan Valley – 7:30pm
*GM 5 – Saturday Mar. 19 – Swan Valley @ Steinbach – 7:30pm
*GM 6 – Tuesday Mar. 22 – Steinbach @ Swan Valley – 7:30pm
*GM 7 – Wednesday Mar. 23 – Swan Valley @ Steinbach – 7:30pm

Key Regular Season Stats

Goals For Average

Pistons: 4.18
Stampeders: 2.90

Goals Against Average

Pistons: 2.30
Stampeders: 3.45

Power Play

Pistons: 27.51% (1st)
Stampeders: 17.69% (6th)

Penalty Kill

Pistons: 81.20% (6th)
Stampeders: 76.32% (7th)

Steinbach’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Daniel Taillefer (22G, 59A = 81 PTS)
2. Cole Smith (26G, 35A = 61 PTS)
3. Tyler Penner (23G, 35A = 58 PTS)

Swan Valley’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Josh Tripp (24G, 24A = 48 PTS)
2. Cody Ellingson (14G, 28A = 42 PTS)
3. Colton Brausen (17G, 24A = 41 PTS)

(3) Winkler Flyers vs. (6) OCN Blizzard

The only other series in the first round of the MJHL Playoffs that will see teams go with a 2-2-1-1-1 format. Will this be an advantage for either the Winkler Flyers or OCN Blizzard? During the regular season it was a mixed bag of results between these two teams. Winkler won most of the games (4), some were a blow out and some were very close. The first team to gain momentum in this series might have a big advantage moving forward.

SCHEDULE

GM 1 – Thursday Mar. 10 – OCN @ Winkler – 7:30pm
GM 2 – Friday Mar. 11 – OCN @ Winkler – 7:30pm
GM 3 – Monday Mar. 14 – Winkler @ OCN – 7:00pm
GM 4 – Tuesday Mar. 15 – Winkler @ OCN – 7:00pm
*GM 5 – Friday Mar. 18 – OCN @ Winkler – 7:30pm
*GM 6 – Monday Mar. 21 – Winkler @ OCN – 7:00pm
*GM 7 – Wednesday Mar. 23 – OCN @ Winkler – 7:30pm

Key Regular Season Stats

Goals For Average

Flyers: 4.33
Blizzard: 3.08

Goals Against Average

Flyers: 2.55
Blizzard: 3.57

Power Play

Flyers: 26.88% (2nd)
Blizzard: 16.13% (10th)

Penalty Kill

Flyers: 85.86% (2nd)
Blizzard: 81.88% (5th)

Winkler’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Tristan Keck (39G, 44A = 83 PTS)
2. Cam Whyte (35G, 35A = 70 PTS)
3. Scott Gall (34G, 27A = 61 PTS)

OCN’s Top 3 Scorers

1. Logan Harland (39G, 56A = 95 PTS)
2. Jeremy Dumont (23G, 28A = 51 PTS)
3. Brady Keeper (16G, 28A = 44 PTS)

 

(3)    Virden Oil Capitals vs. (5) Winnipeg Blues

On paper this is the series that should go the longest according to a number of factors. When you go back and look at the regular season Virden won four of their six games against Winnipeg. These two teams have met four times in the last two months and all the contests were entertaining. Pretty much all the stats between the Oil Capitals and Blues are even with all indications pointing to this being a very close series.

SCHEDULE

GM 1 – Friday Mar. 11 – Winnipeg @ Virden – 7:30pm
GM 2 – Sunday Mar. 13 – Virden @ Winnipeg – 7:00pm
GM 3 – Tuesday Mar. 15 – Winnipeg @ Virden – 7:30pm
GM 4 – Thursday Mar. 17 – Virden @ Winnipeg – 7:00pm
*GM 5 – Saturday Mar. 19 – Winnipeg @ Virden – 7:30pm
*GM 6 – Monday Mar. 21 – Virden @ Winnipeg – 7:00pm
*GM 7 – Wednesday Mar. 23 – Winnipeg @ Virden – 7:30pm

Key Regular Season Stats

Goals For Average

Oil Capitals: 3.25
Blues: 3.53

Goals Against Average

Oil Capitals: 2.35
Blues: 2.90

Power Play

Oil Capitals: 23.94% (4th)
Blues: 21.68% (5th)

Penalty Kill

Oil Capitals: 83.26% (4th)
Blues: 83.51% (3rd)

Virden’s Top 3 Scorers

1.    Drake Bodie (18G, 39A = 57 PTS)
2.    Mack Hardy (27G, 28A = 55 PTS)
3.    Bennett Dalke (29G, 22A = 51 PTS)

Winnipeg’s Top 3 Scorers

1.    Kamerin Nault (37G, 39A = 76 PTS)
2.    Taeron Lewis (26G, 41A = 67 PTS)
3.    Reid Stefanson (18G, 31A = 49 PTS)