Legaarden hat-trick lifts Flyers to series lead

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Legaarden Goes LeLegendary | Flyers Lead Series 2-1
Jayce Legaarden scored twice on the power play and once short-handed, recording his first career MJHL hat-trick helping his team come away with a 5-33 win to grab a 2-1 series lead. It was an emotionally charged and at times hostile atmosphere that saw Winkler jump out to a 2-0 lead in the first only for Portage to score a pair of goals in the opening minute of the second. Penalties piled up for the home side as emotions became super charged. Portage couldn’t capitalize on a 5 on 3 when down by one in the third. Legarrden blew the roof off the building, scoring short-handed to put the game away and secure the series lead. Things will head back to Stride Place for Game 4 on Friday night.

A look at Thursday night’s game four matchups

Niverville’s Season On The Line | Steinbach Leads Series 3-0
After Kirk Mullen’s overtime heroics in game 3, the Steinbach Pistons are on the brink of being the first team to punch their ticket to round 2 of the Turnbull Cup Playoffs. They’ll have to go through a Nighthawks squad desperate to keep their season alive and give their home fans a lot to cheer about. Mullen has goals in three straight games and leads Steinbach in points with 5. Raiden LeGall has done his part giving his team a chance in every game so far. Puck drop in Niverville at 7:30 pm.

Level Ground Or Way Behind The 8-Ball | Dauphin Leads Series 2-1
The Blizzard did what they needed to do, win on home ice to get back in the series. The Kings will look to use their home confines to grab a strangle hold in the series. Jordan Bax has been on another level for Dauphin scoring 4 goals in 2 games. Blizzard forward Sam Zagari made his presence felt throughout the first round to this point putting up 5 points in 3 games. Both goaltenders, Cole Sheffield for Dauphin and Tomas Anderson for the Blizzard would like to get back to game 1 form, one that saw goals hard to come by. Game 4 at Credit Union Place has puck drop set for 7:30 pm.

More Magic Or Drowning In Oil | Virden Leads Series 2-1
The Virden Oil Capitals have a chance to put the Neepawa Titans on the brink of elimination but if the first three games are any indication, the Titans will not go down without a fight. Virden has used some big offensive outputs at home but it was the Titans that took the game to them in Neepawa, eventually winning in overtime. The Titans haven’t been a pushover and the Oil Caps know what it’s going to take to get the job done. Special teams may be the biggest factor with Virden scoring 4 power play goals in the series while Neepawa has struck just a single time. Game 4 in Neepawa is set for 7:30 pm.