The Fort McMurray Bantam ‘AA’ Oil Barons capped off their season in dramatic fashion.
The Barons are the Edmonton Rural Bantam Hockey League Champions after knocking off the St Albert Comets over the weekend – beating them 2-games to 1 in the best of three championship series.
With a 6-2 win on Sunday, the Barons were victorious in clinching the best of three-game series and are now kings of the ERBHL.
Head Coach Dave Konowalec reflects on the season his team had.
“By the end of it, they put it all together and saw what it meant to become a team and they never lost sight of the core goals and values of the hockey club. It’s great for them, it’s great to see them grow – not only as young men but as individuals.”
Konowalec adds he’s proud of his team for not getting down on themselves after losing the second game in the series, allowing them to persevere in game three.
“They wanted to prove something to themselves and to their teammates,” Konowalec said. “They felt a little bad for letting each other down and just wanted to respond accordingly and they did exactly what they needed to do to come out victorious.”
For Konowalec, it’s fantastic way to cap off the year for the Barons after already winning bronze at the provincial championships.
He does, however, have one last message for his squad of champions.
“Hopefully they learned a little bit,” Konowalec joked. “I know I learned just as much from them as they did from me. Just never lose sight of a goal you have in mind at the beginning and as long as you work hard towards it, you’re going to experience some success. It all comes down to the hard work you’re willing to put in.”
As an Oil Baron alumni, Konowalec adds there’s no greater feeling than winning a league title on home ice.
It was the first time in over 25 years that any Oil Barons team has hosted a league championship.