From the Canada Winter Games to the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League playoffs.

Cabrel LaBossiere played some pretty intense hockey last week in Alberta and there's more of the same this weekend as the Lorette product and his Eastman Selects teammates begin what they hope will be the start of a lengthy playoff run when they meet the Wheat Kings in Brandon Friday night in game one of their best-of-five quarterfinal series.

"To have a chance to represent your province is quite an honour," said LaBossiere moments after he watched his Team Manitoba teammate Roux Bazin score the overtime winner as the Selects lost their regular season finale 4-3 to the Pembina Valley Hawks Sunday at the Sun Gro Centre in Beausejour. "It was definitely a great event and a great opportunity. I cherish every moment of it and it's definitely something I'm going to remember for a long time."

Team Manitoba defeated British Columbia 4-2; lost 6-5 to the host province and fell 7-1 to Saskatchewan in the preliminary round.

Manitoba dropped a 6-3 decision to Ontario in the quarterfinals; beat New Brunswick 6-1 in the Relegation Round and then outscored Nova Scotia 7-5 in the Fifth Place Game.

"I think the biggest thing was that we were a close group of guys," said LaBossiere who recorded one assist in six games with Team Manitoba in Red Deer. "We battled hard. We wanted to bring back a medal but things don't always go your way."

LaBossiere said the team did get out and about during their stay in Red Deer.

"We got to watch a few sports. It's pretty interesting watching the other sports. Overall it was just a good experience."

LaBossiere's highlight of the week happened during the preliminary round.

"Even though we lost against Alberta, it was a pretty interesting moment coming back. We were losing 6-1 and got to 6-5 but unfortunately we couldn't get that next goal."

 
photo courtesy Sport Manitoba

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Friday, March 22nd

CSHL
Grunthal at Ste. Anne, 7:30 p.m.
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

MJHL
Steinbach at Swan Valley, 7:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 semifinal)

AHL
Manitoba at Colorado, 8:05 p.m.

NHL
Minnesota at Washington, 6 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

NBA
Memphis at Orlando, 6 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Toronto, 6:30 p.m.
Denver at New York, 6:30 p.m.
San Antonio at Houston, 7 p.m.
Miami at Milwaukee, 7:30 p.m.
Brooklyn at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 21st

CSHL
Grunthal 4 Ste. Anne 3
(best of 7 final tied 2-2)

HTJHL
Springfield 4 Red River 3
(Mudbugs lead best of 7 final 2-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild 6 Brandon 3
(1st game in best of 5 final)

NHL
Vegas 5 Winnpeg 0 
Tampa Bay 6 Carolina 3
Boston 5 New Jersey 1
Florida 4 Arizona 2
Montreal 4 N.Y. Islanders 0
St. Louis 5 Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 2 Nashville 1 (SO)
Philadelphia 3 Chicago 1
Colorado 3 Dallas 1
Edmonton 4 Columbus 1
Calgary 5 Ottawa 1
Los Angeles 4 Vegas 2

Major League Baseball
American League
Seattle 5 Oakland 4 (12 innings)

NBA
Denver 113 Washington 108
Charlotte 113 Minnesota 106
Atlanta 117 Utah 114
Detroit 118 Phoenix 98
Sacramento 116 Dallas 100 
Golden State 112 Indiana 89

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