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Mudbugs clinch HTJHL pennant

Playoff combatants set

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 02/10/2017 9:10 AM

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The Red River Mudbugs won a first place showdown with the Springfield Xtreme Thursday night on their home ice at St. Jean to clinch the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League pennant in the final weekend of the regular season.

Red River downed the Xtreme 5-3. Each team now has 34 points atop the HTJHL standings. The Xtreme (17-7-0-0) have completed their 24-game schedule, while the Mudbugs have one game remaining this weekend, and that will be played Saturday night at Lorette. Win or lose, the Mubugs have already won the tie-breaker over the Xtreme for first place.

Tristen Dueck paced the Mudbugs with a pair of goals in last night's big game as the Mudbugs have now earned a first round bye in the playoffs.

One other game, played last night in Mitchell, saw the Steinbach Huskies outscore the Mohawks 3-1 as the Huskies complete their season finishing third with a 13-8-2-1 record. Zach Cumming paced the Huskies with a pair of goals. Dalton Reimer picked up one assist on the night as he now has a two-point lead in the HTJHL race over Eric Lebrun of the St. Adolphe Hawks. But the Hawks play twice this weekend so Reimer's bid for a second straight scoring title might be in jeopardy.

St. Adolphe will be at Grunthal tonight and then the Hawks will host the Mohawks Saturday night in the final game of the HTJHL regular season.

Playoffs get underway next week. All of the combatants in the three best of five quarter-final series have now been determined as Springfield will face Mitchell, it will be Steinbach versus Grunthal and St. Adolphe will challange the defending champion Lorette Comets.

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