In a close, hard fought series that always came down to a couple goals, the Mounties have fallen short to the Okotoks Raiders. Game five was close all the way to the final buzzer, but the Raiders were able to calm the late push and hold on the win to seal the series. The Mounties wish all the best to the Raiders at the Minto and hope they do Alberta proud.
In period one, the Raiders started off the scoring, but shortly after the Mounties evened up the score from the stick of Wilson. This exact sequence happened again around the 7-minute mark to leave the game at 2’s with roughly 6 minutes to play. The Raiders were able to muster two more past the Mountie keeper late but Foster scored with 47 seconds left to get the Mounties within one going into the dressing room.
The second was not the start the Mounties wanted, letting the Raiders score three unanswered and taking a four-goal lead. Moffat and Foster decided they were not going to go down easy, each scoring one and getting the boys back within two. Unfortunately, the Raiders were able to score with roughly three minutes to play, taking an 8-5 lead into the room.
The third followed suit with how all the majority of thirds went in this series with a ton of defence and great goaltending. Both teams were only able to put one goal in the cage the entire period, and the bad news is for the Mounties is that we needed a couple more to stay alive. All the credit to the Raiders who played an excellent series and gave the Mounties everything they had.
Some individual accomplishments that are noteworthy from the season are held by Lyndon Bunio who had an incredible 92 points in 19 games played. Followed by teammates Laszlo Henning with 79 points and Jake Foster with 69 points. But this team’s success was not only because of the contribution of the top scorers but because of a well-rounded team who can play excellent D, along with tremendous goaltending from Brandon Humphrey and Doug Gardner. There is obvious disappointment from not making the Minto Cup after last year’s success, but there are a lot of positives to take away from the season and the Mounties can guarantee they will be ready to take back the title by the time next season rolls around. Good luck Raiders at the Minto, the Mounties can’t wait to play you next season.