The Extreme Hockey Regina Capitals might not have reached their ultimate goal, but they still managed to cap their season in style at the Keystone Cup western Canadian Junior ‘B’ hockey championship this past weekend.
The Capitals — who included five players from Moose Jaw on their roster — claimed the bronze medal with a 6-2 victory over the host Arborg, Man. Ice Dawgs on Sunday.
“It was a really good season, especially to get back there and win a medal,” said Capitals goaltender Thomas Spence, who took the ice alongside fellow Moose Jaw minor hockey products Brayden Delorme, Ryan Blacklaws, Josh Bryant and Chase Bistretzen. “It would have been nice to win gold, but we’ll definitely take the bronze.”
Regina went into the tournament as one of the favourites for gold after a 34-3-0-3 season in the Prairie Junior Hockey League and that was certainly their goal heading into the tournament after losing the bronze medal as Keystone Cup hosts last season.
They couldn’t have got off to a better start as they defeated the Nipigon, Ont. Elks 6-1 on Thursday and followed with a 12-3 win over the host Ice Dawgs and 10-0 victory over the Peguis Juniors on Saturday.
They were unable to keep that momentum going when they faced their two toughest opponents Sunday, as they fell 6-1 to the Beaver Valley, B.C. Nitehawks and dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to the Wainwright, Alta. Bisons in a game where a tie would have sent them to the gold medal game.
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