SEMHL playoff picture shaping up

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The South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League Regular Season concludes this week and every playoff position is still up in the air with the standings as tight as they are with Carman, Warren and Altona now guaranteed a spot of top three in the standings while the remaining four squads will battle it out next week to see who moves onto the SEMHL semi-finals.

The Carman Beavers (12-3-1) remain in the top spot with 25 points. Warren (10-3-2) occupies the second place spot with 22 points and the Altona Maroons (10-4-1) are in third one point back at 21 points. The Notre Dame Hawks sit in fourth place with 17 points just four points ahead of the Portage Islanders (13). Winkler is in sixth place with 12 points and Morden is in basement with 11.

There were two games played Tuesday night before press time. Portage was in Altona to face the Maroons while the Beavers made the trip to Warren to face the Mercs. Both games had major playoff implications.

Thursday night’s games see Portage Islanders in Carman for a match with the Beavers, who would clinch first place with at least 3 points, while Warren and Altona do battle for a shot at second place. Depending on Tuesday’s results, If the Maroons win, they could lock steal second place from the Mercs.

The final day of action in the SEMHL regular season is Saturday night. Warren visits Notre Dame for an afternoon matchup at 2:30 p.m. Morden is in Portage for a match with the Islanders at 7:30 p.m. and the season ends with Winkler and Altona facing off in Altona.

The playoff schedule will be announced early next week.

Provincial Senior Championships Revamped

At the Hockey Manitoba meetings this past weekend, the format of the Senior Provincials was discussed and changed to better suit the leagues.

The champions from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (SEMHL) and Carillon Senior Hockey League (CSHL) will play a best of three series with the winner moving on to the Provincial Final versus the winner of the Tiger Hills Hockey League (THHL) and North Central Hockey League’s (NCHL) three game series.

For the best of three series, the SEMHL and Tiger Hills League will have the extra game advantage for this year, rotating to the Carillon and North Central next season.

The Provincial Final will be held at the Bell/MTS IcePlex on Saturday April 4, 2020.

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