Compete.

Coaches love to see their players work hard and put in the effort to improve their game.

When they do - good things usually happen on the ice.

The Eastman Selects are competing.

The month started off with a pair of one-goal losses to the Westman Wildcats in Hartney.

The Selects then reeled off five straight wins before dropping a 2-0 decision to the Winnipeg Avros this past Wednesday at the T.G. Smith Centre in Steinbach.

"I think we worked hard but the puck just wasn't bouncing our way," said Eastman captain Lauren Warkentin. "We had some problems picking up passes and we had some turnovers. I think that hurt us the most. For the most part we got shots off but it just wasn't bouncing our way which was unfortunate."

Avros goaltender Danielle Bonot-Schmidt made 25 saves in recording the shutout.

"We were battling. You can't say we didn't battle," said Selects head coach Bill Bram. "We had a lot of shots. It was just a matter of the finish. We missed the net on a few. We had a breakaway and didn't score. In a 2-0 game, one goal would have been huge."

Prior to that loss, Eastman beat the Saskatchewan Female “AAA” Midget Hockey League's Weyburn Red Wings 4-1 & 7-1 at MTS Iceplex during Hockey Manitoba's Showcase Weekend, edged the Avros 2-1 in Winnipeg and then defeated the Central Plains Capitals 4-2 and 3-2 in a shootout in Steinbach.

"They've been working hard on the off-ice part and that's half the battle," Bram said. "We're not the most talented but we're battling. For us to be successful we need everybody going."

The Selects are in fifth place in the Manitoba Female "AAA" Midget Hockey League.

The Wildcats lead the way with 29 points; the Pembina Valley Hawks have 28; the Avros have 26; the Yellowhead Chiefs have 24 and then it's the Selects with 20.

"We've had a lot of one-goal games and these are all the top teams," said Bram. "We've had a good run. Any team I think is beatable in this league. You have to play 60 minutes and we need everybody healthy. If everyone is here, we'll give it a good run."

Eastman will play it's final game of 2016 on Friday, December 30th against the Interlake Lightning in Warren.


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SCOREBOARD

Thursday, February 23rd

HTJHL
Quarterfinal
Steinbach 6 Grunthal 5 (OT)
(Huskies win best of 5 series 3-1)

WHSHL
Round One
SRSS 6 Shaftesbury 0
(Sabres win best of 3 series 2-0)

NHL
N.Y. Rangers 2 Toronto 1 (SO)
N.Y. Islanders 3 Montreal 0
Calgary 3 Tampa Bay 2
Nashville 4 Colorado 2
Chicago 6 Arizona 3
Boston 4 Los Angeles 1

South Central Athletic Conference
Junior Varsity Basketball
SRSS vs College Jeanne-Sauve 
@ Wpg, (g) 6:30 p.m. (b) 8 p.m.

NBA
Portland 112 Orlando 103
Detroit 114 Charlotte 108 (OT)
Houston 129 New Orleans 99
Cleveland 119 New York 104
Sacramento 116 Denver 100
Golden State 123 L.A. Clippers 113

Friday, February 24th

Carillon Senior Hockey League
Quarterfinal
Grunthal at Steinbach, 8 p.m.
(best of 5 series tied 2-2)

MJHL
Steinbach at Dauphin, 7:30 p.m.
Virden at OCN, 7 p.m.
Portage at Neepawa, 7:30 p.m.

Keystone Junior Hockey League
Lundar at St. Malo, 8 p.m.
(1st game in best of 5 quarterfinal)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Thrashers, 7:30 p.m.
Central Plains vs Yellowhead
@ Shoal Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Parkland at Wpg Wild, 7 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Brandon
@ Morden, 7:45 p.m.
(1st games in best of 5 quarterfinals)

City AAA Midget Hockey League
Eastman at Wpg Hawks, 7:15 p.m.

WHL
Brandon at Lethbridge, 8 p.m.

NHL
Edmonton at Washington, 6 p.m.
Ottawa at Carolina, 6:30 p.m.
Calgary at Florida, 6:30 p.m.
Arizona at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Indiana at Memphis, 6 p.m.
Philadelphia at Washington, 6 p.m.
Minnesota at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Utah, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Phoenix, 7 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 7 p.m.
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 7 p.m.
Denver at Brooklyn, 8 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

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