White­cap Re­sources Mid­get A Bron­cos claim provin­cial ban­ner

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The Swift Cur­rent White­cap Re­sources Mid­get A Bron­cos capped a strong play­off run with a Saskatchew­an Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Mid­get A cham­pi­onship ban­ner.

Swift Cur­rent won game two on home ice on Sun­day by a 5-3 count over the War­man Wild­cats, eras­ing a one goal deficit and win­ning the two-game, to­tal goal se­ries by an 8-7 mar­gin.

Aaron Toews scored his sec­ond goal of the third pe­riod with 13:16 left in reg­u­la­tion to count the goal which stood up as the se­ries clinch­ing marker for the Bron­cos.

Swift Cur­rent had taken a 3-1 first pe­riod ad­van­tage on goals from Nikhil Pool, Nathan Levac and Leighton Dyck to build a 6-5 se­ries lead.

War­man re­fused to give up qui­etly, scor­ing the lone goal of the mid­dle pe­riod to tie the se­ries, and they again re­sponded to tie the se­ries at 7-7 af­ter Swift Cur­rent had scored three min­utes into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Bron­cos goal­tender Kyle Roosen earned the win in net by turn­ing aside 16 of 19 shots.

Swift Cur­rent held a 43-19 edge in shots on Sun­day, and the Bron­cos also had a wide shots on goal mar­gin in the open­ing game but ended up on the los­ing end of a 4-3 game in War­man.

Swift Cur­rent ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship se­ries with an open­ing round 6-5 win over Este­van, with the Bron­cos drop­ping a 5-4 de­ci­sion on home ice be­fore post­ing a 2-0 shutout in Este­van. In the South Fi­nal the Bron­cos earned an 11-7 se­ries vic­tory over Prairie Storm, win­ning the se­ries opener 6-1 be­fore drop­ping game two of the twogame, to­tal-goal se­ries by a 6-5 count on the road.

Coach Wade Lacher was proud of the de­ter­mi­na­tion his team showed dur­ing the en­tire play­off run, and es­pe­cially over­com­ing the ad­ver­sity of be­ing be­hind in the provin­cial cham­pi­onship.

“The boys played awe­some in War­man on Fri­day night. We out­shot them, out­played them, just didn’t score. To­day the puck went in the net for us and we’re cham­pi­ons,” Lacher said af­ter the cham­pi­onship game.

“The boys they had con­fi­dence in them­selves. They knew go­ing into this they were the bet­ter team. They were down com­ing home, but they re­ally be­lieved that they were the bet­ter team and they were go­ing to win to­day. And they played like that. We got a lot of pucks on net, and when you do that good things hap­pen.”

He agreed the cham­pi­onship ban­ner was a nice re­ward for the play­ers on the ice for their last ever Mi­nor Hockey game.

“We have a lot of third year midgets on this team. I’m so happy for them to go out on top like this. They earned it. They played hard. And it was fun to watch them.”

Lacher also saluted the fans for their part in their play­off run, as they en­joyed loud home ice sup­port dur­ing their last two home ice wins.

“We had a lot of sup­port here from par­ents, fam­ily, friends. I didn’t even imag­ine that for a Mid­get A hockey game that we would put as many peo­ple in this rink that we did. It was fun. And it was like that too in Game One against Prairie Storm, we had a lot of fans and it was loud in here and it re­ally helped the kids and boosted them.”

The Swift Cur­rent White­cap Re­sources Mid­get A Bron­cos were all smiles af­ter claim­ing the Saskatchew­an Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion Mid­get A cham­pi­onship ban­ner af­ter a hard fought se­ries with War­man.

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