Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Stewart
Thiessen and the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League (SEMHL) Carman Beavers won the 2016 SEMHL league championship.
This was the Beavers first league title in ten years after a 9-1 victory over the Morden Redskins. The Carman Beavers are a Canadian Senior ice hockey team from Carman, Manitoba. They play in the South Eastern Manitoba Hockey League. Stewart the Beavers captain would eventually fall short at the Manitoba Cup, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual Manitoba Cup Champion Killarney Shamrocks.
After four years at the University of Manitoba Thiessen joined the Beavers, finished his sixth season, collecting (5-goals-11-assists-16-points) in 13 games this season.
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This is in the Pembina Newspaper:
Beavers win championship
Sunday, March 27, 2016
MORDEN - The Carman Beavers were crowned SEMHL league champions in Morden, March 26, after a dominating 9-1 victory over the Morden Redskins.
Rebounding off their 3-2 double overtime loss on home ice, it took less than six minutes for the Beavers to score the game winner.
Jason Rose scored for Carman only 4:44 into the first, and 41 seconds later Brett Chartier scored what would prove to be the last goal they needed.
It definitely wasn’t the last goal they got. Morden’s Clint Olson put the Redskins on the board but Carman would go on to score seven more goals including a pair from Aaron Lewadniuk, and singles from Paul VanDeVelde, Brett Chartier, Jesse Livingston and Ryan McIntosh.
This marks the first time in a decade the Beavers have won the championship and ended the Redskins attempt at three consecutive championships.
Aaron Lewadniuk and Mark Owen were named MVPs. Lewadniuk said the feeling of winning was “unbelievable”.
“The guys came to play,” he said. “We were fortunate to get the bounces our way.”
“It’s just an incredible feeling,” he added. “The boys have been through a long season together and it’s just nice to get the championship.”
Carman goalie Steve Christie said the team came out with the right attitude.
“We came out ready to go, right from the get-go with that good start,” he said. “We didn’t look back from there. We had everybody contributing.”
Although the team boasts some great talent, Christie said it takes more than that to win the championship.
“I think some people forget how gritty we are,” he said. “We have some guys on the top two lines do a lot of scoring. They pay the price to get pucks in.”
The Carman Beavers will now participate in the Manitoba Cup, hosted this year in Portage.