That’s all she wrote for the Fort McMurray Oil Barons.
The MOB is eliminated after Sunday’s tough game six loss to the Whitecourt Wolverines – putting an end to their run to the Gas Drive Cup Final.
Down 2-1 heading into the final frame, the Barons cut the lead to 4-3 but just couldn’t find an answer for the Wolverine’s high flying offense – who put up four third period markers for a final score of 6-3.
Head Coach Tom Keca tells Mix News his team just struggled to gain any momentum.
“One thing you appreciate as a coach is that there was never a quit on the team,” Keca said. “So, we came back, made it 4-3, we were pushing for a tying goal and we didn’t get it. Once you’re pushing for a goal at one end, you leave yourself exposed at the other and Whitecourt capitalized to make it 5-3 and that was basically the game.”
Whitecourt wins the series 4-games to 2 and will take on the Brooks Bandits for the Gas Drive Cup.
Regardless of the outcome – it’s been a long road for the Oil Barons who’ve come quite a way since last year’s 10-win campaign.
Keca feels his team can be pride themselves on the effort they put forth.
“Everybody has short term memory, everybody is hurt, disappointed – which is all natural,” he said. “I think in the next couple of days when all that changes and not only the players but the entire organization is able to look at the whole year, we’ll realize what we were able to accomplish was pretty special.”
The Barons are also saying goodbye to a few key players.
Jackson McKinstry, Toby Shattler, Stefan Wood, Jordan Steenbergen and Captain Brandon Ralph all played their final games as MOB Members.
Keca’s grateful for everything the graduating alumni did for the organization.
“They’ve all got bright futures ahead of them in whatever they decide to pursue,” Keca added. “We’re just happy that they’ll be considered MOB-alumni because our saying is ‘once you’re an Oil Baron, always an Oil Baron,’ and they will play a huge role in the success that this team has in the next couple of years.”
With five players moving on and eight players set to head into their final year – the Oil Barons are likely to have a busy off-season.
They’ll start that busy off-season with spring camps which are set to begin in a few weeks.