Arielle Gagné scored a goal and added an assist, Mélyann Daigneault made 42 saves, and the Harfangs pulled away in the third period to top the Lightning in the opener.
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It’s an east vs. west showdown on Day 1. Will the Atlantic or Pacific champs start the week with an important three points?
After a season of anticipation the hosts open the Esso Cup. Can Pembina Valley get the win, or will the Bears play spoiler?
They’re host this week, but in 2012 a run of 26 consecutive wins pushed the Pembina Valley Hawks to a national title.
Road to the Esso Cup: Pembina Valley Hawks
The hosts enter the Esso Cup coming off a perfect playoff run, and want to be the first to win a home-ice national title.
Road to the Esso Cup: Mid-Isle Wildcats
Just the second P.E.I. team to win their way to the Esso Cup, the Wildcats want to be the first Atlantic team to win it all.
Road to the Esso Cup: Harfangs du Triolet
The Harfangs followed up their LHFDQ title with a provincial crown, and want to add a third trophy to their collection.
Road to the Esso Cup: Durham West Lightnin...
Sudbury won the Esso Cup in 2015, and Brantford followed last year. Now the Lightning want a third-straight Ontario title.
Road to the Esso Cup: Prince Albert Bears
The West Region champions are as hot as any team in the country, carrying a 14-game winning streak into the Esso Cup.
Road to the Esso Cup: St. Albert Slash
The AFHL and Pacific Region champions have been hard to beat all season, losing in regulation just three times in 35 games.
With the MFMHL regular season in the rearview mirror, the host Pembina Valley Hawks have their sights set on the Esso Cup.
Jennifer Botterill and Sami Jo Small, Manitobans and Olympic gold medallists, will speak at the Esso Cup awards banquet.
The puck drops April 23 in Morden, with the host Pembina Valley Hawks meeting the West Region champions in their opener.
The host Pembina Valley Hawks opened the season with a pair of wins, kicking off the 204-day road to the 2017 Esso Cup.