Beavers win again, Islanders back on track in SEMHL action

The Islanders downed the Hawks Sunday afternoon in Portage la Prairie to snap a four game losing skid. Brian Oliver/Pembina Group

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The Notre Dame Hawks lost twice while the Carman Beavers picked up another two points after squeaking out an overtime win over the Morden Redskins in South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League action over the weekend to remain in the top spot in the league.

Carman and Morden faced off for the second time in a row on the schedule with the Beavers coming away with another victory. The teams were tied 0-0 after 20 minutes of hockey until Brock Vanderveen opened the scoring for the Beavers to make it 1-0 in the second. The next two goals came just 14 seconds apart from the Redskins at 8:24 and 8:38. Jared Leiding made it 1-1 and Matt Sibbald gave the Redskins their only, and short-lived, lead of the game as the Beavers answered back 1:04 later when Braedan Beernaerts scored an unassisted marker to tie the game at two.

The third period was a back and forth battle with both teams having an opportunity on the power play but neither could find the back of the net to secure the two points in regulation. The overtime winner came from Mark Owen with Aaron Lewadniuk and Brock Vanderveen picking up the assists on the goal.

Beavers’ netminder Rocky Van de Velde made 29 saves to pick up the win while Morden’s Reed Peters faced a clean 50 shots from Carman through 54 minutes.

There was one other game scheduled Saturday night between Winkler and Warren but it was postponed due to the weather.

The Notre Dame Hawks had a tough weekend with back to back losses Thursday and Sunday.

The first came against the Altona Maroons Thursday night when the Hawks fell 3-1. Notre Dame snagged a 1-0 lead in the second period before Altona scored three unanswered goals to take the two points. Hawks’ forward Ryan Sokoloski scored the team’s only goal. Nolan Martens, Haydon Friesen and Nolan McGuire each scored for Altona Thursday night.

The Hawks then fell 3-1 to Portage Sunday afternoon. Notre Dame’s Stefan Schneider found the back of the net late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead into the middle frame. The Hawks continued to pressure in the second period, controlling most of the play for the 20 minutes, but neither team could solve the other goaltender. The Islanders found their form in the third, though as the Brooks boys lit the lamp to secure the win. Brett, Derrick and Jeremy Brooks scored in that order, with each picking up an assist as well.

The Carman Beavers sit atop the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League standings undefeated in regulation at 6-0-1. Altona currently holds the second-place spot with a 6-1 record. Warren is in third place with 11 points and a 5-1-1 record. The Portage Islanders are in fourth place with nine points, Notre Dame has seven points in fifth. Winkler is 2-5-1 in sixth place and Morden is at the bottom of the standings with just one win this season.

There are six games this weekend in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. Carman visits Portage Thursday while the Royals make the trip to Morden to face the Redskins. The Islanders and Beavers get going at 7:30 p.m. at Stride Place while the Royals and Redskins get going at 8.

Friday night sees the Altona Maroons in Warren to take on the Mercs. That game gets going at 8 p.m. at Warren Arena.

There are two games Saturday. The Portage Islanders visit Notre Dame and the Carman Beavers are in Morden. Both games start at 8 p.m.

Sunday only has one game on the schedule. Warren is in Winkler for a match with the Royals at 7:30 p.m.

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