By Craig Stein
Another Close One As Hawks’ Season Ends
The MJHL Champion Steinbach Pistons are the winners of the 2018 Anavet Cup, as they edged the SJHL Canalta Cup Champion Nipawin Hawks 2-1 Monday night in Steinbach, closing out the Best-of-Seven series four games to two.
Brady Tatro put the home team ahead just 2:52 into Game 6, but the Hawks pulled even in period two, when Wayde Johannesson struck with 5:50 remaining in the frame.
Bradley Schoonbaert’s third goal of the Anavet put the Pistons ahead at 6:35 of the third, and that would stand as the winner.
Matthew Thiessen stopped 24/25 shots in the victory, going 4-2, 2.47, .904% in the series. Nipawin’s Declan Hobbs made 31/33 saves in his final game of the season, finishing the Anavet Cup with a record of 2-4, to go with a 3.02 GAA and .902%.
Steinbach moves on to the RBC Cup in Chilliwack, B.C., starting this Saturday. Their first game is Sunday afternoon against the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild.