The Rimbey peewee D Renegades skated their way through provincials in Eckville without a loss — until they faced Smoky Lake Stars in the gold medal game.
The Renegades put up a good fight but lost 8-7 to Smoky Lake.
It was a disappointing loss, said Les Kohle, one of the team’s coaches. “They were looking for the gold. That’s what they wanted.”
Smoky Lake scored with only five minutes left in regulation time.
Kohle said Rimbey played well throughout the tournament, defeating Crowsnest Pass, Spirit River and Oyen before beating Consort in the semifinals.
Winning every game in the tourney left the team feeling confident when they went into the final game. However, their confidence may have worked against them.
“We were too confident,” said goalie Wyatt Argent. “We were undefeated up that point.”
Argent said one of Smoky Lake’s players scored several goals himself.
“In my opinion that’s the only reason they won,” he said.