In a thrilling OT final, the Minor Bantam Rangers swept the Railcats three games straight in the best of five final to become the 2013-2014 Minor Bantam City Champions.
The game started well with Josh Kagan drawing the first blood in the opening frame. Then the Railcats came back with two unanswered goals in the second, putting the Rangers behind 2-1. Things were getting tense in the third period until, with 14 minutes to play in regulation, Brendan Chambers took the rebound off a shot from the point by Bo Spence to tie it up. The rest of the period was a closely checked battle with neither team getting the upper hand, putting the match into overtime.
With 11:10 remaining in OT, Josh Samyn won the face off in the Railcat’s zone, fed it to Ben Wicha who flipped it over to Drake Bergin in the slot. Bergin controlled the puck and shot it past the Railcat defence and goalie for the game – and series – winning goal.
Having never beaten the Railcats during the regular season (two losses and two ties), the Rangers came into the finals as the underdogs. But the boys showed they can rise to the occasion, winning the first to games in the series by scores of 2-0 and 3-1. The recipe for success against the fast Railcats was close checking, solid defence and outstanding goal keeping by Gordie Kinsman, who had a total play off record of 8-1-1.
The final score tells it all
The Rangers congratulate the Railcats for an exceptional year.
The parents and the players of the Minor Bantam Rangers would like to thank the coaching staff for their dedication and commitment to the team. We watched the team progress from a rag-tag group of boys – many of whom had never before played together – to become a well disciplined team. And winning the City Championship to boot! Not too shabby for a bunch of boys most of who, until this year, played A1 level hockey! Without the coaching staff, the season would have not ended on such a high note. Thanks to:
George Seidel, Head Coach Brian “Smitty” Smith, Assistant Coach Graham Robinson, Assistant Coach David Warren, Assistant Coach
Celebration! Hugs all around.
Meet the Champions!