Islanders swept in first round
It's a little too early for the Islanders to start golfing but they'll have to find a way to kill time as Portage was eliminated from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League playoffs by the Beavers Saturday night in Carman. (file photo)
An early exit means it’s time to start thinking about next year.
The Portage Islanders were eliminated from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League playoffs Saturday when they fell 5-2 in Game 3 of their best-of-five series with the Carman Beavers to officially be swept from contention.
“We ran into some injury issues and a suspension that left our bench pretty thin in the playoffs,” says Isles’ general manager, Jeremy Brooks. “There’s not much you can do about that. There’s a lot of things we can learn from the season, though, and take it into next year to be a stronger club.”
Aaron Lewadniuk opened the scoring for the Beavers in the first period to add to his league-leading playoff total, and it was the only goal of the first period. The Islanders were again missing some players for this game, making it hard for them to keep up with a fully stocked Beavers line-up.
The second was all Carman again, as they found a way to net another two goals to take a 3-0 lead. Both came from Brock Vanderveen in a couple of minutes around the halfway mark. It was a pretty clean game with only two penalties through 40-minutes.
Portage finally found the back of the net early in the third period when Tanner Waldvogel scored to get the Caps within two. It didn’t take long for the Islanders to score again as Jorin Bousquet lit the lamp to get the Isles within one, but it was short-lived as the Beavers regained their two-goal lead just 10 minutes later. Lewadniuk would add his sixth goal of the postseason a minute later to seal the series victory.
"We pushed hard toward the end of the season to get into fifth place and we still had fun as teammates,” Brooks says. “We’re going to maybe see if we can find some guys that have the drive to play in the off-season to bolster our line-up.”
The Isles finished the regular season in fifth place just ahead of the Altona Maroons with eight wins and 12 losses.