Isles meet Beavers in playoffs
The Portage Islanders locked up in fifth place thanks to a shootout win from Winkler. The Isles will play fourth place Carman in the first round of the playoffs. (file photo)
The Isles were able to hold onto the fifth position.
The Portage Islanders lost 7-2 to Warren Saturday night but received some help from last place Winkler, as the Royals beat Altona in a shootout to stop the Maroons from hopping over Portage in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League standings.
“It was a weird year this year, everyone was tight until late in the season,” says Islanders general manager/player, Jeremy Brooks. “We lost a few unfortunate games and we were in a lot of tight games but just couldn’t seem to press through. The season is complete and we’re focused on our first round match-up.”
The Mercs broke out front five minutes in but Islanders’ import Jordyn Boyd answered right back to tie the game nearly two minutes later. Warren took over from there scoring six unanswered goals to take a 7-1 lead with three minutes remaining in the game. Boyd would add one more for Portage late in the period, Zack and Tanner Waldvogel assisted both Boyd goals.
The Notre Dame Hawks went from sixth place last season to top spot in 2017-18 with 32 points at 15-3-2. Warren is locked up in second place with 26 points (13-7) and Morden is in the third position with 22 points. Carman is one point back of the Redskins in fourth with 21 points. Portage and Altona are tied with 17 points but Portage won the season series and has more regulation wins so they sit fifth and sixth respectively. Winkler is holding onto that last place spot with just five wins.
The Hawks will receive a bye through the first round of the playoffs after clinching first place. The opening series will see Warren (2) vs Winkler (7), Morden (3) vs Altona (6), and Carman (4) vs Portage (5). The Isles won the season series over the Beavers 2-1 and every game was not close as Portage won 5-1 and 6-2.
“We’re used to playing Carman in the playoffs as we seen them every season here since our return,” says Brooks. “We always have a long series against them and we kind of know what to expect. If we play our way and do what we want we should be successful.”
Game one between the Isles and Beavers goes Tuesday at 8 p.m. in Carman.