The Dauphin Kings beat the Winkler Flyers in five games to advance to their first league final since 2014. The Steinbach Pistons; meanwhile, downed the Virden Oil Capitals in six games to return to the league's final just a few years removed from winning the title and the Anavet Cup as they achieved that feat in 2018.
Dauphin and Steinbach met in the final nine years ago in 2013 when the Kings won two of the first three games of the series before losing in six games. Steinbach finished four points ahead of Dauphin in the regular season which gives them home ice for the series.
Full series schedule:
Game 1: Dauphin @ Steinbach - Friday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 2: Dauphin @ Steinbach - Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Steinbach @ Dauphin - Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Steinbach @ Dauphin - Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Dauphin @ Steinbach - Friday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Game 6: Steinbach @ Dauphin - Sunday, May 8 at 6:00 p.m.
Game 7: Dauphin @ Steinbach - Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Parker Malchuk 3g, 12a
Kaden Bryant 7g, 7a
Colby Jaquet 4g, 9a
Goaltending - Carson Cherepak has gone 8-3 with a .919 save percentage to go along with a 2.43 goals-against average. He was named the MJHL's goaltender of the year at the conclusion of the regular season
Zach Power 8g, 12a
Braden Birnie 9g, 10a
Quinton Pepper 3g, 12a
Goaltending - Will Hambley played Steinbach's first seven games of the playoffs and although he won five games, he struggled at times with a .892 save percentage to go along with a 3.01 goals-against average. Simon Harkness has since played the last four for Steinbach winning three to go along with a .904 save percentage and a 2.51 goals-against average. Dauphin scored six times on Harkness at the Showcase.
Doug Hedley was named the league's coach of the year and he says the group is confident heading into the series.
"The team to have success is the one that is able to execute and has the willpower to get the job done," said Hedley. "We want to get off to a good start and we're looking forward to it. It's about not accepting defeat."
Playing away from Credit Union Place wasn't something that held back Dauphin all season long as they went 19-7-6 on the road in the regular season and they have won three of five games against on the road in the playoffs. Steinbach; meanwhile, is 5-1 on home ice in the playoffs and they went 22-3-1-1 at the TG Smith Centre in the regular season. Both teams have a ton of firepower, tremendous back ends and solid goaltending. It's all set up to be a great series and the winner earns a berth to the Centennial Cup in May in Estevan.
Tickets for games three and four go on sale starting Sunday at noon till five. Sales continue from 9 to 6 on Monday and 9 to game time on Tuesday. When it comes to this weekend's games, you can tune into the Parkland Source for Sports pregame show with Darnell Duff at 7:00 p.m. each and every game.