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-- The Winnipeg Thrashers knocked out the Pembina Valley Hawks on Sunday winning the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League's best-of-five quarter-final series 3-0.

At Gateway Arena, the Thrashers earned a 4-0 win with four power-play goals by Corey Petrash, Tyler Kauk, Tyrenn Bauer and Regan Stire. In the series, the Thrashers outscored Pembina Valley 15-1 and outshot the Hawks 144-36. The Thrashers, who placed first overall in the regular season, will now meet the Brandon Wheat Kings in the first game of the league semifinals on March 6 at Gateway Arena at 1 p.m. The Brandon Wheat Kings defeated Eastman Selects 3-0 including two overtime wins.

At the MTS Iceplex, the Winnipeg Wild dispatched the Norman Northstars three games to none with a decisive 10-2 win.

The Wild had eight different goal-scorers with Graham McBain and Patrick D'Amico each scoring a pair. In the semifinals, the Wild will meet the Southwest Cougars who beat the Central Plains Capitals 3-0 in that series.

-- Team Manitoba finished in fifth place with 25 medals as the 2011 Canada Games officially concluded Sunday in Halifax.

Para Nordic skier Slade Doyle of Brandon, who won three gold medals, was selected as Manitoba's flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies Sunday to the two-week, multi-sport event.

Manitoba had a big finish on Saturday with bronze medals in male curling and male judo in the team competition.

The female hockey team placed fifth after beating B.C. 2-1 in the relegation round on Saturday. Kristine Grenier of St. Leon finished as the tournament's top goal-scorer with 12 goals and tied for second in points (17) with Shelby Bram of Ste. Anne with three goals and 14 assists. Kaleigh Wiens of Winkler was third with eight goals and eight assists for 16 points.

The men's curling team of Kyle Doering, Colton Lott, Derek Oryniak and Lucas Van Den Bosch won bronze with a 6-3 win over New Brunswick while the male judo team also beat New Brunswick to earn bronze with a 40-10 victory.

In the synchronized swimming solo event, Brittany Mueller finished 4th in the A final with Megan Rutherford was fifth in the B final.

-- Deborah Popovic and her team from Fort Garry Curling Club defeated Sandra Cowling and her Hamiota team 8-6 on Sunday in the 2011 Tim Hortons Senior Women's Provincial Curling Championship final at the Heather Curling Club. Team Popovic, which includes third Brenda Robinson, second Monica Noakes, lead Sherrell McColm, fifth Peggy Poleschuk and coach Rae Tanner, will represent Manitoba at the 2011 Canadian Senior Women's Championship in Digby, N.S. on March 19-26.

-- Ashley Prest

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 28, 2011 C4

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