It wasn’t an easy win for the Senior Flyers, who not only had to battle back from being down two games to one for the tournament victory, but also were forced to overcome a two goal deficit following game five’s first period, courtesy of goals from Regals forwards Jason Deleurme and Elias Godoy.
However, just like they had done all tournament long, the Flyers rallied from behind, evening the score at 2-2 courtesy of goals from Brad Fast in the second, and Mike Lalonde just 29 seconds into the third, sending the game into overtime.
In that extra frame, it was Tyler Brough who emerged as the Savage Cup hero, scoring the Savage Cup winning goal to claim the B.C. championship, and providing his team an opportunity to represent the province at the Allan Cup.
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Following the game, Senior Flyers head coach Darrel Leahy, with a smile on his face, spoke about the emotions of winning.
“Special moment, special game, special series. Feels good, feels like a long time. It’s been a long week, it was tough on us.”
Leahy also commented on the Flyers opponent, providing nothing but respectful words towards the Regals.
“Powell River deserves a hell of a pile of credit. Most teams would have laid over and died, they never. They kept trying, kept bringing guys in and out the line up… They deserve a lot of credit for making a series of it.”
A major factor in the Flyers’ win was the play of goaltender Troy Hunt in between the pipes, who played fantastic in game five, making countless timely saves to keep the score close, allowing the Flyers to mount their comeback.
“He had a hell of a game and we had a big decision to make this morning about who starts, and I just told him ‘it was his time’ and he made the most of it,” said Leahy.
After the game, Hunt he was so happy to get the call for game five, considering he was on the ice for the overtime loss in game three.
“I was pretty excited. You never know which way that is going to go, Pooly [Clayton Pool] played really well last night, we won, pivotal game and a big win last night. I was pretty pumped when I got the call. You always want to be in net, so it was pretty exciting to hear that.”
Hunt admitted it was a bit of redemption following game three.
“It really didn’t go through my mind out there, but looking back I wasn’t happy the way game three ended, and just really happy everyone had enough confidence to throw me back in because I knew I could do it and I’m happy they knew that.”
Looking forward, Hunt says it will be an honour to compete for a national championship after grinding out a win in the Savage Cup series.
“Its unreal, we’ve done it once before, but that was here and we got that one given to us, we didn’t earn it that way we wanted to, but this feels excellent. It feels great to actually put the sweat and blood in and earn your keep to get there. She was a long week.”
Finally, Coach Leahy said he could not be happier for the goaltender who earned the hard fought win.
“It was his time, and I told him that this morning and he made the most of it. I’m real proud of him.”
With a smile on his face, Leahy said the boys will get a bit of a rest before they resume skating in preparation for the Allan Cup, which will be played in Red Deer April 15-20, to determine the national AAA Senior Men’s champions.
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