The Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks hope to keep flying in the South Division Final of the North Central Hockey League playoffs.
In its semi-final series, Miniota-Elkhorn swept the Moosomin Rangers, 2-0. The C-Hawks triumphed 10-3 in Miniota on Feb. 12 and 12-2 in Moosomin.
As of Sunday, Taylor Sanheim led the NCHL in playoff goals and points with six and nine, respectively, in two games. Linemate Jason Bowles was third with eight points, including three goals. The duo is on a line with Josh Martin, who had six points.
“They’re two great players,” Martin said. “If I can get them the puck, we seem to have success.”
However, Miniota-Elkhorn is far from a one-line team. There are five C-Hawks among the league’s top 11 playoff scorers. In addition, the team has allowed a league-low of five goals. Of the team’s depth, Martin said:
“It’s awesome. A bunch of local guys that are a tight knit group.”
The C-Hawks advance to play the Langenburg Warriors. The Warriors beat the Virden Oil Kings, 2-1, in their division semi-final series. Elkhorn is slated to host game one on Tuesday. Game two of the best-of-five series is Friday in Langenburg. The third game is Sunday in Elkhorn. If needed game four would be on Feb. 29 in Langeburg with game five back in Elkhorn on March 1.
The C-Hawks finished the regular season with the NCHL’s best record – 20-0-0. Langenburg was second in the South Division and third in the league with a 10-9-1 record.