The Stonewall Jets will need to win four of their next five games to advance to the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League championship series.
Derek Wood’s goal at 5:27 of the third period gave the Pembina Valley Twisters a 4-3 Game 2 win over the Stonewall Jets at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Stonewall on March 31. With the victory, the Twisters lead the Jets 2-0 in the semifinal series and remain perfect in the MMJHL playoffs.
“It’s just the small areas we were beat at times throughout the game,” Stonewall head coach Brock Couch said. “Two great efforts, two one-goal games. In my mind, they could’ve gone either way had we got some bounces.”
Only 1:46 into the game, Keeven Daniels-Webb put the Jets in the lead and Aiken Chop put Stonewall up 2-0 at 6:33. Braeden Beernaerts put Pembina Valley on the scoreboard with 1:23 left in the first period.
Quade Froese tied the game for the Twisters at 3:23 of the middle frame and Brayden Klippenstein gave Pembina Valley the lead at 7:48. Chop struck again for the Jets at 14:58 to tie the game.
With six minutes left in the third period, Daniels-Webb was denied a goal from point break range due to a reactionary kick save from Twisters netminder Travis Klassen.
Klassen made 27 saves in the win, while Adam Swan stopped 33 shots for Stonewall.
Game 1: Twisters 3 Jets 2
The Twisters scored twice in the third period to take Game 1 with a 3-2 victory at the Morris Recreation Complex on March 30.
Jeremie Goderis and Travis Penner both found the back of the net in the final frame for Pembina Valley and Froese also tallied for the Twisters.
Daniels-Webb and Ryan McMahon were the goal scorers for the Jets.
Klassen made 41 stops for Pembina Valley, while Swan suffered his first loss of the MMJHL playoffs despite a 39-save effort.
Game 3 will be contested in Morris on April 3. Game 4 will be played at the VMSC on April 5 and Game 5, if necessary, will take place in Morris on April 5. Game 6, if needed, will be in Stonewall on April 9 and the series-deciding Game 7 would be contested in Morris on April 11.