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The Turnbull Cup: Blizzard Meet Terriers in MJHL Finals

The OCN Blizzard now know their opponent, they will meet the Portage Terriers in the MJHL Finals. After sweeping the Winkler Flyers in just 4 games the Blizzard were the first team to move onto the Turnbull Cup Finals. The Portage Terriers are the second team thanks to a Game 6 victory over the Steinbach Pistons last night.  (Read more…)

OCN has been led offensively by MJHL MVP Brady Keeper who has racked up 3 goals, 8 assists for 11 points in only 9 games. Arguably the MJHL Playoff MVP through 2 rounds is OCN goaltender Brett Epp. He has a remarkable 8-1 record, a 1.54 GAA, .950 Save Percentage with 3 Shutouts.

The Portage Terriers have moved into the MJHL Finals for the third straight season and now have a chance for the unthinkable three-peat. After winning the MJHL each of the last two seasons, they have taken a much different route to the finals for the third time. The Terriers were the top seed in the MJHL the last two years and used home ice to roll through to both championships.

Every game of the MJHL Finals can be heard on 102.9 CJAR and thepasonline.com, Jaret Schneider will have the play by play broadcast.

This year they came into the playoffs as the “5” seed and defeated Selkirk 4-2 in 6 games, and Steinbach 4-2 in 6 games. The Terriers have been led offensively by Jeremey Leipsic and Josh Martin, each with 12 points. The Terriers have used both goaltenders in the playoffs as Brock Aiken and Kurtis Chapman have split the workload. Chapman has the edge with slightly better numbers. 

In the regular season the Terriers had the slight advantage over the OCN Blizzard winning 4 of the 6 meetings. Thanks to a big 10-2 win over the Terriers, OCN and Portage have a dead even goal differential of 24-24.

The MJHL Finals between OCN and Portage if anything proves just how deep the Manitoba Junior Hockey League was this season, as the 3rd seeded Blizzard and 5th seeded Terriers are the two teams that will meet in the end. The winner of course will move onto the Western Canada Cup as the MJHL rep being held in Penticton, British Columbia later this month.

The OCN Blizzard made quick work moving into the finals as they did so in just 9 games. The Blizzard defeated the Winnipeg Blues 4-1 in 5 games, their only loss coming in overtime. In round 2, the Blizzard got through Winkler 4-0 as they swept the Flyers in the MJHL Semi-Finals.