The Martensville Marauders Villains came very close to adding a U18A Hockey Saskatchewan provincial championship banner to the community’s arena on Wednesday, March 27.

But they ended up losing by a single goal in the third and deciding game of the series to the Lumsden Lions.

The Villains had a successful run in the provincial playoffs, downing the Swift Current Broncos in the first round. Despite losing 5-1 to Swift Current on February 24, the Villains rebounded to take Game Two by a score of 4-2 in Martensville on March 1. In the mini-Game Three, also on March 1, Martensville prevailed 2-1 to advance to the next round.

The Villains played the Meadow Lake Stampeders to a 3-3 tie in Game One of the second round series on March 10, and went on to win 7-3 in Game Two on March 15 to claim the North Division series.

That set up the showdown with the South Division champion Lumsden Lions. After losing 10-4 to the Lions on March 23, the Villains bounced back to take Game Two by a score of 3-1. In the Game Three mini-game, Lumsden captured the championship with a 1-0 win.


The Hague Royals lost a heartbreaker last weekend in Balgonie, dropping a 7-3 decision to the Prairie Storm in the second game of the Hockey Saskatchewan U15B provincial championship series. The two teams had skated to a 3-3 tie in the opening game of the series in Hague on March 22. With the victory in Game Two, Prairie Storm claimed the provincial crown.

The Royals had a strong showing in the lead-up to the provincial showdown. They beat the Humboldt Broncos in two straight games (7-5 on February 17 and 4-2 on March 2); and repeated the feat in the northern final, downing the Unity Lazers 5-2 on March 10 and 4-2 on March 17.


The Clavet Cougars lost out in the provincial Hockey Sask U15D championship round, losing two straight games to the Radville Nationals in late March. The Cougars dropped an 8-4 decision to the Nationals on March 23 in Clavet, and lost 5-3 in Game Two on March 29 in Radville.

The Cougars played the Lanigan Pirates in the north semi-final series, with Game One ending up in a 6-6 tie on February 25; and Clavet earning a 7-5 victory over Lanigan on March 4.

The Cougars then advanced to the next round, and dominated the Eston Ramblers in the north division final series, winning 8-2 on March 14 and 15-1 on March 17.