Coach Brent Norstrom of the Rimbey Bantam Cs is proud of his team.
“If you can win league, take a silver in Provincials and be the Zone 4 champs, I would say you’ve had a pretty good season,” he said.
The Bantams, despite playing several games in Provincials on the weekend, took out Stettler in two straight games to win the league championship, defeating the team in their hometown on Tuesday and again in Rimbey, Wednesday.
Wednesday’s game saw the Bantams come back in full force in the third period, scoring three goals to bring the final score to 5-2.
“They were pretty tired after the Provincials. They’ve played a lot of hockey in the last few days, but in the third they came on strong with three goals,” said Norstrom.
The Bantams were a strong contender in the Provincials, but were edged out by one goal in the final game by rivals Ponoka Moose.
It was a good game with both sides battling for the gold medal, but Ponoka with only just over two minutes left, scored the winning goal, making the final score 2-1.
The lone Rimbey goal was scored by Coleton Schafer.
“It was a tough loss,” said head coach Brent Norstrom, “but I think they wanted it a little more than we did and they had some revenge to get.”
Norstrom said a few Renegades were suffering from minor injuries as well, which didn’t help their chances.
On the bright side, the coach said players should be proud of their silver medal.
“It was hard on the kids,” he said, “but they should be proud of making it to the final game.”
The rivalry between Rimbey Renegades and Ponoka Moose began earlier this month when the Renegades downed the Moose 5-2 in Ponoka, a win which earned them the coveted Zone 4 banner. The first game of the total point series for the banner ended in a 3-3 tie in Rimbey Feb. 25.
The Renegades skated and stick handed their way to their gold medal finish by defeating High Prairie 5 – 2 on Friday and Westlock on Saturday.
Renegade fans came out in full force to support the hometown team, Norstrom said.