For the first time in their history, the Stonewall Jets are the toast of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League.
The Jets knocked off the Pembina Valley Twisters 4-2 to sweep the McKenzie Cup championship series in four games.
It’s the first-ever McKenzie Cup title for the Jets, who were founded in 2001.
Once again Stonewall was led by goalie Hunter Ploszay who made 35 saves and finished the series by stopping 135 of 142 shots for a 1.75 GAA and .951 saves percentage. Not bad for a guy who began the post season as the back up to veteran Stuart Fleury, but then took over to lead the Jets back from a 3-1 series deficit in the first round against St. Vital.
20 year old forward Eric Swanson was also a key contributor for Stonewall. The talented 6-2, 195 Stonewall native had at least a point in 14 of the Jets 15 playoff games, including his 6th goal and 23rd point of the post season in Wednesday’s series clinching victory over the Twisters that capped off an 11 game winning streak.