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A Season to Remember

posted Apr 10, 2017, 9:41 AM by Kathy Carr
The Carberry Plains­men PeeWee’s battled hard throughout the regular season to earn a first round bye in the playoffs.  The second round was a difficult test for our Plainsmen as they played against Killarney. It was back and forth action all series until Ben Saun­derson claimed victory for our Plainsmen with a beautiful goal on the rush to end the series in OVERTIME.  
The Carberry team won the first two games of the best-of-three series, which sent them to the South­west League final against Virden.  
Virden was the King of the League. They were undefeated throughout the regular season and in the playoffs, so winning seemed like an unimaginable task for our Carberry crew.  
Game one took place in Carberry and although it started well with a home goal early in the game, Virden dominated the second and the third periods to earn a 10-3 victory over the Plains­men.  A tough loss. 
 The team was told to forget about that game and, instead, work harder than they thought possible, and urged not to give up.  The team took the mentality that they had nothing to lose…the underdog story…and did it ever work.
Game two was played in Virden two days later.  Our kids hit the ice with purpose and fore­c­hec­ked Virden relentlessly.  We managed to bury a few of our chances and before you knew it the final buzzer had sounded.  Our Plainsmen won the game 4-0.  
Goal­tender Carson Bjarnason was a brick wall, stopping all 28 shots that came his way.  Not only did it force game three, it was also the first loss for Virden in the Southwest League this year.  
Game three was also on the road in Virden. Emotions were high and there was a lot of tension in the air.  The league banner was on the line…no holding back… winner takes all.
The final game started with Virden putting the pressure on our Carberry Plainsmen.  Although Virden had the puck for a lot of the first period, Natasha Falk, Ben Saunderson & Carsen Nakonechny (Our three defenseman), limited the opposition’s scoring chan­ces and we escaped the period with a 1-1 tie.  
Trailing 2-1 after the second period, our kids came out strong in the third period getting chance after chance after chance. Eventually we tied it up and the last game of the year went into OVERTIME.
Overtime was played four on four which meant there was a lot of extra room for skating with the puck. 
Our PeeWee Plains­men had chances to end the game, but they couldn’t find the back of the net. Then the whistle blew. Carberry penalty, two minutes, for Roug­hing. We took a penalty in our own end, which put us down four on three. A terrible place to be in OVERTIME. The title, the banner, seemed to be slipping from our hands.
After a brief pause in the game, the puck dropped and it was pushed to the corner to the right of the Carberry goalie.  
A race for the loose puck ensued. Car­berry’s Luke Robson poked it past the Virden defender and he was off on a short-handed breakaway. The crowd erupted as Robson wristed the puck over the goalie’s glove to end the unbelievable game… series…and season. Overtime magic. 

by Ryan Robson
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