Pre-game playoff rally set for Sunday

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The Neepawa Natives Booster Club is planning to hold a big pep rally at the Yellowhead Centre on Sunday, Mar. 12 to kick off the team’s first playoff run in seven years.

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Neepawa Natives playoff bound



Photo by Martin Warner

By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

It was very fitting that the Neepawa Natives had to rally from behind to defeat the Swan Valley Stampeders, as this team has made a habit recently of pulling off last minute miracles. After trailing 2-0 in the first period, Neepawa exploded for five goals in the second and were able to hold on for a 6-3 win. The victory secured eighth place in the standings for the Natives and ensured them their first appearance in the MJHL playoffs since the 2009-2010 season. 

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Natives top Dauphin Kings


By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

Three consecutive goals in a 2:23 span of the second period helped to lift the Neepawa Natives to a 6-4 win over the Dauphin Kings. The victory, Neepawa’s 20th of the year, ensured that Sunday nights final game of the regular season will decide whether the Natives or Swan Valley Stampeders make it to the playoffs.

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Carberry Plainsmen stun Neepawa Farmers


By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

Likely the biggest takeaway for the Neepawa Farmers from game one of the Tiger Hills Hockey League eastern final is that the Carberry Plainsmen deserve to be here. Going into the matchup on Thursday, Mar. 2, there had been a few rumblings that Carberry were here simply due to facing a depleted Minnedosa Bombers squad in the previous round. The Plainsmen quickly put that rumour to rest by outskating, outscoring and ultimately, outplaying, Neepawa on the way to a 6-3 win.

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Natives beat Pistons


By Eoin Devereux

The Neepawa Banner/Neepawa Press

Fans at the Yellowhead Centre saw what might be a preview of the first round of the MJHL playoffs on Wednesday, Mar. 1, as the Neepawa Natives faced the Steinbach Pistons. With their post season life on the line, Neepawa came up big by defeating the Pistons 3-1. This win, combined with the Swan Valley Stampeders OT loss to the Portage Terriers, now has Neepawa tied for the eighth and final playoff spot (19-33-6. 44 points)

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