Gladstone Lakers falter at Provincials


By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

A pair of losses at the Manitoba Senior “A” Hockey Championship have the Gladstone Lakers needing a lot of help to make it into the final on Sunday, Apr. 8. Gladstone, who is representing the Tiger Hills Hockey League, opened up the tournament with a 1-0 loss to the Grandview Comets on Thursday, Mar. 29. Devon Jakeman scored the only goal of the night, on a power-play chance early in the third period. The Comets are representing the North Central Hockey League at this event. 

The next game for Gladstone would be on Saturday, Mar. 31, against the top team from the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League, the Carmen Beavers. In this matchup, the Beavers came away with the 4-3 win. Lyndon Soper, Nick Stire and Sean Kubas all scored for Gladstone in this contest. The defeat dropped Gladstone’s record to 0-2-0 in the round robin, with just one game remaining. That showdown will be against the Set. Anne Aces (1-1-0) of the Carillon Senior Hockey League. 

In order to have any chance of advancing to the final, Gladstone will need to win their game, and then have Grandview defeat Carman in the final showdown of the round robin. If that does occur, Gladstone, Carman and Ste. Anne will all have identical 1-2-0 records. From there, goals differential will decide with team advances to face Grandview in the Championship game in Winnipeg on Sunday, Apr. 8.