If we are to believe there is no such thing as perfection, then the Pembina Valley fans who made the trip to Veterans Memorial Arena Tuesday night saw firsthand the Twisters play as close to a perfect road game as possible.
Wyatt Sabourin scored twice as Pembina Valley defeated the Stonewall Jets 6-0.
The Twisters won the best-of-seven semifinal four games to two and advanced to the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League final for the first time in three years.
"It feels good," said Pembina Valley forward Braeden Beernaerts. "We stuck to the game plan even though we kind of strayed away from it. We put it altogether tonight. We were hungry and we were ready."
Beernaerts, Brendan Keck, Derek Wood and Dylan Dacquay also scored for the vistors who led 2-0 early in the second period and then successfully kept the Jets off the scoresheet during Stonewall's five-on-three power play that lasted 76 seconds.
"It changed the game," said Twisters forward TJ Matuszewski. "If they get a goal there, the mindset is completely different. Our kills been huge the entire playoffs and came up clutch again."
Pembina Valley goaltender Travis Klassen, who had an off-night in the Twisters 5-3 game five loss to the Jets on Sunday in Morris, stopped all 27 shots he faced in game six and gave a huge shout-out to his teammates.
"They were unbelievable. In the first period I don't think I had seven shots. They kept the puck deep and worked hard in the cycle. They just tired them out and those guys had nothing coming into the second because we gave it our all. It was great to see."
The Twisters enjoyed a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes and put the game away thanks to a four-goal second period.
Still it was the defensive effort that he saw from his hockey team that impressed Pembina Valley head coach Ryan Dyck the most.
"I think we kept them under 18 shots in the first two periods and that's being 5-on-3 two times. Our penalty kill did a fantastic job. I got to give hats off to our D-men. Vande (captain James Van De Velde) being out suspended, he plays a lot of minutes - guys like Liv (Tyler Livingston) and Owen (Wiebe) and Klipper (Brayden Klippenstein), they stepped up and our usual big guys played their big minutes and they did their job."
"The biggest thing is we kept (Aiken) Chop to the outside," added coach Dyck. "He's their key. He had seven or eight goals this series and we eliminated him totally this game. That's a big part of the success."
The Twisters will face either St. James or Transcona in the MMJHL final.
The Canucks beat the Railer Express 6-2 Tuesday night and cut Transcona's lead in that series to three games to two.
Game six goes Friday at East End Arena and if a deciding seventh game is necessary it's scheduled for Sunday at the St. James Civic Centre.