By Carter Brooks
Photo courtesy of BellMTS IcePlex
The 2018-19 Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League season will look a little different for the St. Boniface Riels. As opposed to lacing up for home games in their familiar Notre Dame Arena, the Riels will host their opponents from the BellMTS IcePlex.
The decision was made to move venues for the upcoming season after Notre Dame's ice plant broke down early last week. St. Boniface took the appropriate steps to find a new home, and the IcePlex's facility and amenities came out on top.
The Riels finished the 2017-18 regular season in eighth place, going 19-22-4, while being outscored 163-146 in their 45 season games. A change of scenery may be a good move for St. Boniface, as the 2017-18 squad was only 8-12-2 at Notre Dame arena, as opposed to 11-10-2 on the road.
St. Boniface will look to improve its record at its new home of BellMTS IcePlex beginning in early October, with the first home date of the 2018-19 season schedule landing on October 7th. The Riels begin the year on the road with two contests against the Hawks and Raiders.
After finishing the 2017-18 season with the best record at 37-3-5, the Raiders Jr. Hockey Club swept St. Boniface in three-straight games, before going on to capture the MMJHL championship in five.