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Huskies sweep Red Wings, claim HTJHL crown

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 03/20/2014 7:32 AM

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The Steinbach Huskies completed the sweep of the defending champion Grunthal Red Wings in front of a large crowd last night in Steinbach to claim the Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League title.

Steinbach edged Grunthal 4-3 to win the series 4-0. The Red Wings, clinging to a 3-2 lead after two periods couldn't hang on in the third as the Huskies tied it four minutes into the third on a goal by Tyson Stoesz then Dylan Plett netted the winner for the Huskies at the 10:34 mark. Grunthal mounted a frantic effort in attempts to tie it and send the series back to Grunthal but Jesse Charriere and the Huskies would have none of it and hung on to suprisingly sweep the Red Wings.

Charriere was outstanding net for the Huskies making 33 saves as the Red Wings outshot the Huskies 36-31. Chris Koop and Jamieson Krentz also scored the Huskies. Brody Kornelsen had a pair of powerplay goals for the Red Wings less than two minutes apart in the second period. Krentz, the Steinbach captain, had a superb playoffs putting in a dominating performance as he scored 19 goals and 29 points in 11 post-season games.

The difference in the series was Steinbach's 6-3 and 5-1 victories in the first two games at Grunthal. When the series shifted back to Steinbach, the Huskies only won 3-2 and 4-3, but the Red Wings just couldn't recover from those first two games. To say this is a surprise is not an understatement. Grunthal lost only one game all season and were the overwhelming favourites to repeat. A four game sweep by the Huskies wasn't in the cards. This was the second title in three years for the Huskies.

Meanwhile, in other league finals last night, the Red River Wild dumped the Steinbach Huskies 5-1 at St. Jean to tie the CSHL championship series 1-1. Game three goes Friday night in Steinbach.

And at the MTS Iceplex last night, the Winnipeg Wild throttled the Eastman Selects 8-2 in the Manitoba 'AAA' Midget Hockey League finals. The Wild lead the best-of-five series 2-1 going into game four Friday night at Beausejour. If the Selects win on Friday, the deciding game will be played Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the MTS Iceplex.

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