are celebrating after the Pembina Valley Twisters won the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League final series against the Charleswood Hawks.
It’s the first time in the past five years that the Hawks failed to win the finals, with an impressive record of being the top team nine out of the last 11 years.
The Twisters’ 3-2 win on April 21 was even sweeter since it came before a hometown crowd in Morris.
Going into the finals, the Twisters were definitely the underdogs.
And for Marcus, it was the final result of four years of hard work playing centre on the team.
"It was four years in the making," he said. At 21 years, this is his last year on the team.
Younger brother Macauley, 19, is in his second year with the team as a defenceman. He said the team started the year at the bottom of the MMJHL heap, but gradually gained strength as players were traded during the year.
"We peaked at the right time," he said.
Twisters general manager Glen Munford agreed with Macauley, saying smart trades made the difference.
The Hawks were first in the regular season standings, followed by the Raiders, with the Twisters placing fourth.
While Marcus said he plans to play in a senior league next season, Macauley will be returning to the Twisters.
Munford said Marcus is one of nine players retiring so the coming season will be one of rebuilding for the team.