Two teams who are playing solid playoff hockey after enduring the ups-and-downs of a tough regular season will meet tonight (8 p.m.) in game one of the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League's best-of-seven final.

The Carman Beavers host the Altona Maroons.

The Beavers, who won four of their last five games and finished in fourth place, eliminated the Portage Islanders and Warren Mercs on their way to the final while the Maroons swept the Morden Redskins and then ended the Notre Dame Hawks reign as SEMHL champions.

"I think anytime you get to play for a championship you're excited, especially against a team like Altona," said Carman coach Brett Dow. "We expect to see the team that knocked off the #3 (Morden Redskins) and #1 (Notre Dame Hawks) teams in this league and they can't be taken lightly. We fully expect our guys to be ready for game one and take the first one in our barn."

The Maroons, who finished in sixth spot, started the season with five straight wins and then lost 11 in a row.  

The streak lasted just over two months.

"We knew how to play the right way and that's kind of how we were able to find ourselves," said Altona captain Craig Neufeld. Then playing that way all series against Notre Dame really solidifies that we do have a good team and if we do play the right way we can beat anyone as we showed beating the first place team in the league."

The big test for the Maroons will be finding a way to get enough pucks past one of the SEMHL's best goaltenders in Carman's Steve Christie.

"We need to get shots on net, we need to find a way to get traffic in front of the net and find a way to capitalize on opportunities," said Neufeld. "That's very easy to say at the time but obviously we'll try to find a way to get on a roll. Hopefully if Christie can't see the puck, he can't save it, but I think he's found a way to do that too so we'll have to find a way."

The Beavers won the SEMHL championship two years ago.

The last time the Maroons captured the league title was in the spring of 2013.

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Friday, September 21st

CFL
Montreal at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m.

MJHL
Neepawa at Winkler, 7:30 p.m.
Waywayseecappo at Steinbach, 7:30 p.m.
Portage at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Swan Valley at OCN, 7 p.m.

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Exhibition
Pembina Valley vs Central Plains
@ Carman, 7:30 p.m.

Central Plains Capitals
Female AAA Midget Showcase
@ Portage
Pembina Valley vs Yellowhead, 1 p.m.

WHL
Moose Jaw at Brandon, 7:30 p.m.

NHL
Exhibition
Calgary at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.

Major League Baseball
American League
Baltimore at New York, 6:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:07 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
Boston at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m.
Seattle at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Los Angeles at Houston, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Oakland, 9:05 p.m.
National League
New York at Washington, 6:05 p.m.
Milwaukee at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Miami, 6:10 p.m.
Philadelphia at Altanta, 6:35 p.m.
San Francisco at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
Colorado at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Los Angeles, 9:10 p.m.
Interleague
Chi Cubs at Chi White Sox, 3:10 p.m.

Thursday, September 20th

NHL
Exhibition
Edmonton 7 Winnipeg 3

Zone 4 High School Soccer
Girls
Miller 6 Sanford 1
Garden Valley 10 Dufferin Christian 0
Morden 9 MCI 0
Northlands Parkway 9 Roseau Valley 0
Morris 3 Shevchenko 1
Boys
Garden Valley 4 Dufferin Christian 0
Northlands Parkway 3 Roseau Valley 1
Miller 11 Morris 1
Morden 11 Shevchenko 0

NFL
Cleveland 21 N.Y. Jets 17

Major League Baseball
American League
Toronto 9 Tampa Bay 8
Oakland 21 Los Angeles 3
Boston 11 New York 6
Chicago 5 Cleveland 4 (11 innings)
Detroit 11 Kansas City 8
National League
New York 5 Washington 4 (12 innings)
Cincinnati 4 Miami 2
Atlanta 8 Philadelphia 3

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