By Jon Zacks
The Whitecourt Wolverines finished as runners-up, for the second consecutive year, at the Alberta Jr. ‘B’ hockey championship.
The NWJHL champions posted a 2-1 record in the round robin including a 6-4 win over the Blackfalds Wranglers, a 4-3 loss to the Calgary Royals, and a 5-4 win over the Beaumont Chiefs.
The Wolverines qualified for the semi-finals, where they beat the defending champ Lloydminster Bandits 7-3. But, they came up short in the final, losing 7-0 to the Beaumont Chiefs.
The host Peace River Navigators finished the round robin with a 0-1-2 record, including a loss to the Edmonton Warriors, and ties against the Red Deer Vipers and Lloydminster Bandits.
The Capital Junior Hockey League’s Beaumont Chiefs will now advance to the 2010 Western Canadian championship – the Keystone Cup – April 15-18, in Kamloops B.C.