The Carman Beavers scored seven unanswered goals with Nathan Karlowsky's second-period goal being the game-winner in a 7-2 win over the Altona Maroons in game one of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final.

"I got the pass, I think it was McIntosh. I looked up and tried to get a quick snapper on net. I was looking low glove and that's where it went."

Altona got off to a perfect road start, scoring the games first two goals. Dane Crowley scored both with the first one coming just over seven minutes into the game. Mitch Doell and Craig Neufeld picked up the assists on the goal. The second one for Crowley was at 13:07, on the powerplay. It was a shot from the point that had eyes and found the top corner past Beavers netminder Steve Christie who made 30 saves in the win.

"If we get a lead we can't be complacent with how we are playing," said Maroons captain Craig Neufeld. "We have to make sure that we keep going, because they have some guys who can put the puck in our net."

Before the period was over Carman shook off the rust and tied the game up by scoring a pair of goals :11 seconds apart to end of the opening twenty. First, it was Ryan McIntosh finding the back of the net with Brock Vanderveen and Dustin Bruyere picking up the assists. Then off the draw, the Beavers took possession rushed the puck down the ice where Laurent Benjamin took a centering feed in front of the Maroons goal and walked around Maroons goaltender Jayme Janzen and slid the puck into the open cage and we were all tied up at two.

"I think that really made a difference going into the second period and kind of created momentum for the rest of the game," said Beavers coach Brett Dow when asked about his team scoring two late in the first.

Janzen turned aside 32 of the 39 shots he faced in the loss. 

Karlowsky scored the lone goal of the middle period to put the Beavers up for good.

In the third Darren Bestland, Aaron Lewadniuk, Mitch O'Brien, and Maloney scored to increase the Beavers lead to 7-2.

Game two of this series goes Thursday night in Altona with puck drop at 8 p.m.

"We know the dancing around game isn't our game. We have to bring it for sixty minutes. Get in on their defence and cause them to have some turnovers, get traffic in front of the net and get lots of shots," said Neufeld. "That's how we started this game and that's how we have to play for sixty minutes every game."


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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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