Prince George Spruce Kings drop 4-3 decision in national Junior A hockey final – Montreal Gazette

Prince George Spruce Kings drop 4-3 decision in national Junior A hockey final - Montreal Gazette
Bandits cut down Spruce Kings in national final
BROOKS, Alta. — Simon Boyko scored twice, including the eventual winner, as the Brooks Bandits beat the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 on Sunday to win Canada’s men’s junior-A hockey championship.

Nick Poisson and Nolan Welsh both had third-period goals as Prince George’s rally came up short. Patrick Cozzi scored 2:22 into the second period for the BCHL champions.

The Bandits did not score on their three power plays and Prince George was 1 for 2 with the man advantage.

“Ben was a huge loss to us and obviously it was his last junior game and he cares so much, it was a tough play the guy kind of turned at the end on him and he finishes his hit and I felt awful for him but our guys love him in their and they got the kill and it built some momentum.”

Brooks is the fourth host team in the last five years to win the national title, joining the Portage Terriers (2015), Cobourg Cougars (2017) and Chilliwack Chiefs (2018).

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The Brooks Bandits have capped off a record setting season by winning the National Junior A Championship.

The Bandits beat the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in front of a hometown crowd.

“Credit to them (the Bandits) they played a great game tonight, their start was excellent they came out hard and played a pretty good sixty minute game but I am proud of this group, really proud.”

The Spruce Kings battled back and scored with just 45 seconds left on the clock to make it a 4-3 game.

Twenty-year-old Prince George forward Ben Brar was ejected from the game late in the second period after receiving a five-minute checking from behind major on Bandits forward Ray Christy.

The packed house cheered the team on as the final seconds ticked off the clock and went wild when the hometown heroes clinched the title.

Dylan Anhorn, Liam Watson-Brawn, Layton Ahac, Logan Neaton, Dustin Manz and Ben Poisson are also headed to the university ranks in the fall even with eligibility still remaining.

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