It really wasn't looking like the Eastman Selects would be celebrating any amount of Christmas cheer Sunday at MTS Iceplex.

The Selects, who watched a 3-0 first period lead disappear the night before at the Sun-Gro Centre in Beausejour as the Interlake Lightning rallied for a 4-3 victory, stormed back from a 2-0 third period deficit and defeated the defending Manitoba "AAA" Midget Hockey League champion Winnipeg Wild 3-2.

Will Cruise won it for the Selects as he beat Wild netminder Niklas Anderson in the fifth round of the shootout.

"We were hoping for a Christmas present from the boys and they definitely gave us a great Christmas present," said a very jubilant Eastman head coach Dennis Senebald. "We had some tough luck on Saturday. We were up 3-0 very fast and we kind of sat back. We got a little bit ahead of ourself I think in that game and before we knew it, it was 3-3. I give it to Interlake, they did not quit. Every player on their roster worked. They played really well. They deserved the win."

Cruise and Burke Heide scored in regulation for the Selects who received a 35-save performance from Danton Belluk.

"We've been trying to improve, and I think lately a lot of the things we've been working on in practice, the boys have done well in games," said Senebald. "We're getting our goals against back to where we want it - nice and low. The boys are definitely working hard at practice and we like to see that. We think they're improving on the ice."

Eastman has 12 wins, 13 losses and two overtime losses this season and are two points up on the ninth place Kenora Thistles.

The Selects, who will host the 2017 Telus Cup West Regional Championship in Steinbach from March 30th - April 2nd, will play their first game of 2017 on January 4th in Kenora and then start a four-game homestand.

"If we can get some wins and build off this momentum of a great comeback and get rolling, we think the boys can do a lot of damage in the playoffs - if we can get into the playoffs and then go from there. When the boys skate, we are a very good team."

 

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SCOREBOARD

Monday, October 23rd

South Central Athletic Conference
High School Volleyball
Varsity
SRSS vs Glenlawn
@ Wpg, (g) 6:30 p.m. (b) 8 p.m.
Junior Varsity
SRSS vs Glenlawn
@ Steinbach, (g) 6 p.m. (b) 7:30 p.m.

NHL
San Jose at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Los Angeles at Toronto, 6 p.m.

NFL
Washington at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

NBA
Philadephia at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Atlanta at Miami, 6:30 p.m.
Memphis at Houston, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.
Toronto at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m.
Golden State at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Denver, 8 p.m.
Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

Sunday, October 22nd

MJHL
Steinbach 7 OCN 0
Portage 4 Neepawa 2
Winkler 5 Virden 4

KJHL
St. Malo 3 Cross Lake 0

MFMHL
Yellowhead 6 Eastman 1

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Bruins 5 Kenora 2
Parkland 8 Norman 5
Pembina Valley 5 Yellowhead 3
Wpg Thrashers 2 Brandon 0
Central Plains 2 Interlake 0
Wpg Wild 7 Southwest 1

NHL
Vancouver 4 Detroit 1

CFL
Hamilton 43 Montreal 16

NFL
Minnesota 24 Baltimore 16
New Orleans 26 Green Bay 17
Miami 31 N.Y. Jets 28
Chicago 17 Carolina 3
L.A. Rams 33 Arizona 0
Buffalo 30 Tampa Bay 27
Jacksonville 27 Indianapolis 0
Tennessee 12 Cleveland 9 (OT)
Dallas 40 San Francisco 10
Pittsburgh 29 Cincinnati 14
Seattle 24 N.Y. Giants 7
L.A. Chargers 21 Denver 0
New England 23 Atlanta 7

NBA
Brooklyn 116 Atlanta 104
Minnesota 115 Oklahoma City 113
New Orleans 119 L.A. Lakers 112

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