Two games were played on Monday night in the SHA provincial playoffs, and the final two spots in the northern A final and northern B final were decided. The action started in Lanigan as the Pirates had momentum on their side after an impressive 6-1 victory two nights earlier in Shellbrook. The Elks, however, are a proud franchise and were not going to go quietly. Lanigan opened the scoring in the first period, but the Elks came right back to tie the game with a powerplay marker. Brendan Cuthbert was up to his tricks, stopping a rare penalty shot in the first, and after twenty minutes the teams were tied at one goal a piece. In the second, the Pirates jumped in front again, but the Elks would not go away, answering back to knot the affair at two. Before the end of the second, Tyson Hobbins, who has been money all year for the Pirates, put the home side in front 3 - 2. The turning point to the game came 10 seconds into the third period as Cuthbert misplayed a 90 footer from Brent Twordick, giving Lanigan a 4 - 2 lead, and the home fans could feel a win coming. The Elks did not let up and with less than 5 minutes remaining they went on the powerplay. With the series hanging in the balance, Shellbrook pulled their goalie, and with the 6 on 4 advantage they pulled to within one. The clock could not go fast enough for Lanigan and with 30 seconds left they took a penalty to give the Elks one last shot with the man advantage. It was not to be for the Elks, as time expired, and Lanigan skated away with the 4 - 3 victory. The Pirates will now face the Hague Royals in the northern A final.
In Watrous, the home town Hawks were coming in down one goal after losing 6 - 5 to the SVHL regular season champion Rosetown Redwings. The Wings have amassed a deep line up with solid goaltending and impressive speed. Rosetown carried most of the play in the opening frame, however they could not beat Winterhawk goalie Evan Reifferschied, and with less than 2 minutes to play, Spencer Braaten put Watrous in front 1 - 0. In the second the Wings scored early and often, swarming the Hawks, and putting up 4 goals in under 7 minutes. As play continued Rosetown ran into penalty trouble, however Watrous failed to capitalize, and after 40 minutes the Wings led 4 - 1 on the scoreboard and 10 - 6 for the series. In the third Rosetown did not let Watrous generate anything and were well on their way to the series win. Patrick Ullyott brought Watrous to within 2 with a short handed goal, but that would be all the scoring on the night and Rosetown advances with a 4 - 2 win, taking the series by a final count of 10 - 7. The Redwings will now face the Drake Canucks in the northern B final.