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Second vs. seventh.

Hawks vs. Capitals.

It doesn't matter how you put it, the playoffs bring out the best in teams. Standings are put aside and two teams go head-to-head for a chance to advance to the next round.

The Pembina Valley Hawks' first opponent in this year's playoffs will be the Central Plains Capitals. Last season the Hawks season came to an end by the hands of the Capitals in the Manitoba Female "AAA" Midget Hockey League's (MFMHL) semi-final series.

"The girls are ready to go. We had a good weekend in Thompson. Everything was working well there, so we are going to carry that through to the first round," explained Hawks head coach Dana Bell. "It's always a battle against Central Plains, but the girls know what they have to do. They have to bring high intensity for a sixty full minutes every game. We need to be aggressive and we need to stay disciplined at the same time. That's the key for us."

This season the Hawks played Central Plains on four separate occasions during the regular season and came out on top three of the four times. Pembina Valley outscored the Capitals 16-5 in those games.

"I don't think you can take anybody lightly in this league. Everything is so close right now," said Bell. "Every team is getting better. Our focus is to go out and play our game and stay focused on our game."

After finishing second in the MFMHL, the Hawks will have home ice advantage for this series, which Bell stated is a huge thing for his squad. 

"We always get a good crowd out and we like our rink. We like our rink and always work hard there. It's definitely important to us," Bell said. 

The Hawks may be the host team for the Esso Cup, but they are still looking to win their way to the national tournament, and have their eyes set on the Capitals as the first step toward acheiving that goal.

This best-of-five quarterfinal series gets underway at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Morden.

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Scoreboard

Tuesday, April 25th

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Preliminary Round
Prince Albert 6 Mid-Isle 1 
St. Albert 4 Triolet 3
Pembina Valley 4 Durham West 1

Zone 4 High School Baseball League
MCI at Carman, d/h 4:15 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Northlands Parkway vs PCI (ppd)

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
American League
Houston 4 Cleveland 2
Tampa Bay 2 Baltimore 0
Detroit 19 Seattle 9
Minnesota 8 Texas 1
Chicago 10 Kansas City 5
Oakland at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
New York at Boston (ppd)
National League
Chicago 1 Pittsburgh 0
Milwaukee 9 Cincinnati 1
Washington at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.
Atlanta at New York (ppd)
Miami at Philadelphia (ppd)

NBA
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
Houston 105 Oklahoma City 99
(Rockets win best of 7 series 4-1)
San Antonio 116 Memphis 103
(Spurs lead series 3-2)
Utah at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

Wednesday, April 26th

NHL
Western Conference
Semifinals
Nashville at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Edmonton at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m.
(1st game in best of 7 series)

Esso Cup
@ Morden
Preliminary Round
St. Albert vs Prince Albert, 12 p.m.
Durham West vs Mid-Isle, 3:30 p.m.
Pembina Valley vs Triolet, 7 p.m.

Zone 4 High School Fastpitch
Miller vs MCI
@ Altona, 4:15 p.m.
Portage Collegiate at Carman, 4:15 p.m.
Northlands Parkway vs Sanford
@ Winkler, 4:15 p.m.
Morden vs Garden Valley
@ Winkler, 4:15 p.m.

Major League Baseball
Interleague
Toronto at St. Louis, 7:15 p.m.
American League
Kansas City at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland, 5:10 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore, 6:05 p.m.
Seattle at Detroit, 6:10 p.m.
New York at Boston, 6:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Texas, 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Los Angeles, 9:07 p.m.
National League
Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 12:40 p.m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m.
Miami at Philadelphia, 6:05 p.m.
Atlanta at New York, 6:10 p.m.
Washington at Colorado, 7:40 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 8:40 p.m.
Los Angeles at San Francisco, 9:15 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Atlanta at Washington, 5 p.m.
(best of 7 series tied 2-2)
Chicago at Boston, 7:30 p.m.
(series tied 2-2)

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