The Miller Aces 2017-2018 season came to an end this past Friday at Bell MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.

The Zone 4 High School Hockey League champions lost both their round robin games at the Provincial AAAA High School Hockey Championship.

The Aces gave up four second period goals and dropped a 5-2 decision to the St. Paul Crusaders in their opener and then surrendered three power play goals and one shorthanded marker in a 6-2 loss to the Transcona Titans.

Colton Harder and Kirby Sawatzky scored for Miller against the Crusaders while Andrew Dyck and Ryan Smiley found the back of the net against the Titans.

“The teams we played were really good,” said Aces forward Parker Sawatzky. “Pretty unbelievable skills they had so it was tough for us. The first game didn’t go our way and we didn’t move our feet enough in the second.”

Nine Aces won’t be back next season.

Parker Sawatzky, Colton Harder, Kirby Sawatzky, Rory Penner, Wyatt Henry, Logan Bueckert, Cole Parago, Bronson Toews and Declan Enns will all graduate from W.C. Miller Collegiate this June.

“It’s emotional,” said Miller head coach Rob Smith. “These nine that are graduating really drove the bus for our team. When those guys came onto the team in grade 10, all nine of them made the team. We had some tough decisions we had to make the second year but it was all to make us better this year. When we had all nine of them back this fall, it was just a fantastic year to be around them and to see them lead the team and develop.”

“This team didn’t happen overnight,” added Smith. “It started three years ago and it was 100 and some practices later, and they were all in the Hockey Academy since grade 9. They had to put up with me for 200 and some practices at school when we’re on the ice doing skill development. To see them go is tough.”

There’s a good chance this group of nine has already come to terms that morning practices, the last day before the start of Christmas break holiday matinee game against the Morris Mavericks, weekend trips to tournaments and league playoff games are over.

A new chapter will begin this fall should any of the nine decide to continue with their hockey careers.

“It’s going to be a little bit sad for most of us guys,” said Parker Sawatzky. “We played for three years together and worked hard and ended up winning the Zone. It feels pretty good.”

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Friday, March 23rd

Virden 3 Winkler 2 (OT)
Steinbach 3 Wpg Blues 1
(1st games in best of 7 semifinals)

Eastern Conference
Medicine Hat 7 Brandon 2
(1st game in best of 7 quarterfinal)

Winnipeg 3 Anaheim 2 (OT)
Montreal 3 Buffalo 0
New Jersey 4 Pittsburgh 3 (OT)
St. Louis 4 Vancouver 1
Boston 3 Dallas 2

Toronto 116 Brooklyn 112
Denver 108 Washington 100
Indiana 109 L.A. Clippers 104
Minnesota 108 New York 104
Cleveland 120 Phoenix 95
Oklahoma City 105 Miami 99
Milwaukee 118 Chicago 105
San Antonio 122 Utah 120 (OT)
Boston 105 Portland 100
Golden State 106 Atlanta 94

Saturday, March 24th

Pembina Valley vs Eastman
@ Morden, 7 p.m.
(best of 5 final tied 1-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Wpg Wild at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.
(Wild lead best of 5 final 1-0)

Manitoba vs Stockton
@ Wpg, 7 p.m.

Vegas at Colorado, 2 p.m.
Calgary at San Jose, 3 p.m.
Buffalo at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Arizona at Florida, 6 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 6 p.m.
St. Louis at Columbus, 6 p.m.
Carolina at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
Chicago at N.Y. Islanders, 6 p.m.
Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
Nashville at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

Minnesota at Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Phoenix at Orlando, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Houston, 7 p.m.
L.A. Lakers at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Charlotte at Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

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