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Aces claim Senior 'A' provincial title

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 04/9/2018 7:33 AM

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After falling just short the previous two years in this tournament, the Ste. Anne Aces claimed their first Hockey Manitoba Senior 'A' provincial title Sunday at Bell MTS Iceplex.

The Aces, who won their third straight Carillon Senior Hockey League crown two weeks ago, defeated the Carman Beavers 5-3 in the championship game Sunday afternoon.

Tanner Harms, who scored the winner in overtime winner in the Aces 1-0 CSHL clinching game over Grunthal, again scored what proved to the be the winning goal in the third against the Beavers in Sunday's final.

Carman led 2-1 after 40 minutes but Jesse Pelletier and Riley Beauchemin scored in the third to give the Aces the lead, before Harms scored with just over five minutes remaining to make it 4-2. Carman narrowed the gap to 4-3 just a minute later on a shorthanded goal by Brock Vanderveen. Dylan Kelly added an insurance marker for the Aces with 1:15 remaining.  

Pat Normandeau opened the scoring for the Aces in the first. Guy St. Vincent picked up the win for the Aces in net making 17 saves as Ste. Anne outshot the Beavers 41-20. Carman won the SEMHL championship this season.

Ste. Anne advanced to Sunday's final with a 8-3 victory over the Gladstone Lakers Saturday night in their final round robin game of the provincial tournament, which featured the champions from the four senior leagues in the province.

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