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Lea Twins Commit to Canada's #1 Ranked University of Manitoba Bisons

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 11:47AM

The Boston Shamrocks are proud to announce senior forwards Keyanna and Keyara Lea (Riverton, Manitoba) have both committed to the University of Manitoba women's hockey program for the 2018-19 season.

The University of Manitoba began competitive women's hockey during the 1997-1998 hockey season.  The Bisons compete in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport athletic program.  The Canada West is considered by many to be the most competitive women's hockey conference in Canada. In the past three seasons, the Bisons have been in the Canada West final twice.

The 2017-18 season is the first time in history the University of Manitoba Bisons were Canada West regular season champions. In 2018 U Sports also ranked the Bisons the Number 1 team in Canada for the first time in the school's history.

The 2017-18 Number 1 ranked University of Manitoba Bisons are going to the Canada West women's hockey conference finals after a game three quadruple 1-0 overtime win, ending the best-of-three semi-final series against the Number 2 University of Alberta Pandas. This was the second longest game in Canada West history.

Bisons have played in three of the five longest Canada West women's hockey games and have won all three.  All three games were the third game in a Canada West best-of-three playoff series. (March 15, 2009 3-2 win at Alberta in 3 Over Times (95:29); February 25, 2018 1-0 win versus Alberta in 4 Over Times (123:30); and the longest game in Canada West history, February 21, 2016 2-1 win at Saskatchewan in 5 Over Times (139:02).)

Manitoba will now host the University of Saskatchewan Huskies the weekend of March 2-4 for the 2017-18 Canada West Championship Banner.  The Bisons have also earned a berth into the 2018 U SPORTS National Championship hosted by Western University, London, Ontario from March 15-18