The Esso Cup is 4 days away and the Pembina Valley Hawks are ready to welcome the countries best Midget "AAA" girls hockey teams for a chance to hoist the Esso Cup.

"Speaking for me personally and the team probably, the nerves are starting to rise," said Hawks defence Kenzie Heide. "I know for myself, knowing the countdown is hardcore on is definitely smacking me in the face honestly. With the nerves of this is such a big experience for us individually and as a team."

The tournament will start with opening ceremonies around 8:45 Saturday evening. This will include a fireworks display and the host committee says everyone is encouraged to come out and welcome the teams to the community. 

As for the hockey side of things, action will commence Sunday at noon with Ontario taking on Quebec. The host Hawks will start its tournament that evening with puck drop at 7:00 p.m. against the West representatives.

Pembina Valley is the host team for this national championship and have been practicing, playing exhibition games, and preparing since they went undefeated in the Manitoba Female Midget Hockey League playoffs and captured the league title March 19th with a double overtime win over the Westman Wildcats.

"I think we need to keep working on our teamwork, working on our systems and playing as a team heading into the Esso Cup," said Hawks forward Hannah Petrie who scored the double-OT winner to capture the league title. 

The time off should have allowed the Hawks time to heal up after a terrific playoff run and gave them plenty of time to hone in on the fine details of their game. 

"It definitely gave us more confidence in our play and abilities," said Pembina Valley defence Cora Fijala. 

On Monday the Hawks will play their second round robin game against Pacific. Game three on Tuesday against Ontario, game four will see the Hawks play Quebec, and Pembina Valley will end the preliminary games against Atlantic. 

The Esso Cup will take place April 23rd to 29th at the Access Event Centre in Morden.Previous Volumes; 

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Scoreboard

Sunday, April 23rd

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

NHL
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Ottawa at Boston, 2 p.m.
(Senators lead best of 7 series 3-2)
Washington at Toronto, 6 p.m.
(Capitals lead series 3-2)

Major League Baseball
American League
Houston at Tampa Bay, 12:10 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 12:35 p.m.
Cleaveland at Chicago, 1:10 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 1:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Texas, 2:05 p.m.
Toronto at Los Angeles, 2:37 p.m.
Seattle at Oakland, 3:05 p.m.
National League
Chicago at Cincinnati, 12:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Philadelphia, 12:35 p.m.
St. Louis at Milwaukee, 1:10 p.m.
San Francisco at Colorado, 2:10 p.m.
Los Angeles at Arizona, 3:10 p.m.
Washington at New York, 7:08 p.m.
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees at Pittsburgh, 12:35 p.m.

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Cleveland at Indiana, 12 p.m.
(Cavaliers lead best of 7 series 3-0)
Boston at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
(Bulls lead series 2-1)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
Houston at Oklahoma City, 2:30 p.m.
(Rockets lead series 2-1)
L.A. Clippers at Utah, 8 p.m.
(Clippers lead series 2-1)

Saturday, April 22nd

NHL
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
N.Y. Rangers 3 Montreal 1
(Rangers win best of 7 series 4-2)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
St. Louis 4 Minnesota 3 (OT)
(Blues win series 4-1)
Edmonton 3 San Jose 1
(Oilers win series 4-2)

Major League Baseball
American League
Los Angeles 5 Toronto 4
Detroit 5 Minnesota 4
Oakland 4 Seattle 3
Tampa Bay 6 Houston 3 
Baltimore 4 Boston 2
Cleveland 7 Chicago 0
Texas 2 Kansas City 1
National League
Chicago 12 Cincinnati 8
Washington 3 New York 1
Philadelphia 4 Atlanta 3 (10 innings)
St. Louis 4 Milwaukee 1
Arizona 11 Los Angeles 5 
Colorado 12 San Francisco 3 
Miami 6 San Diego 3 (11 innings)
Interleague
N.Y. Yankees 11 Pittsburgh 5

NBA
Eastern Conference
Quarterfinals
Toronto 87 Milwaukee 76
(best of 7 series tied 2-2)
Atlanta 116 Washington 98
(Wizards lead series 2-1)
Western Conference
Quarterfinals
Memphis 110 San Antonio 108 (OT)
(series tied 2-2)
Golden State 119 Portland 113
(Warriors lead series 3-0)

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