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Members of the Bruins (in no particular order) celebrating their championship are: Tyler Hudson, Benjamin Spaleta, Griffin Barrett, Nathan McKenna, Aiden Baillie, Parker Bourdages, Mayze Nogue, Keegan Bossence, Haeden McKenna, Kyle MacKenzie, Lane Tonner, Dawson Wagner, Jesse Delmage, Brayden Shotter, coach David Brown and coach Brandon Wagner. Not pictured: Dylan Gannon, John Warren, Dakota Welch, coach James Gannon and manager Byron Hudson.
It took three games, but the Moose Jaw Bantam Tier III Bruins won their league championship recently.
To do so the Bruins defeated the Moose Jaw Oilers — who had previously won the SHA provincial title — in the best-of-three series.
After the Bruins won Game 1 by a 5-1 score, the Oiler tied the series thanks to a 6-3 victory. In the decisive third game, the Bruins edged the Oilers 3-2.
Bruins 3 Oilers 2
In the deciding third game, Aiden Baillie opened the scoring for the Bruins.
The Oilers tied the game on a controversial goal by Brayden Martin. Despite protests that the net was off its moorings and that Bruins goalie Tyler Hudson had been interfered with the goal was allowed to stand after a conference by the officials.
The Bruins called a time out to settle down their troops and it paid off as Haeden McKenna scored to restore their lead three minutes later.
Parker Bourdages doubled the Bruins lead with 4:16 left in the second period.
Javyn Staples scored for the Oilers early in the third period. Hudson stopped the shot with his glove, but caught the puck after it had crossed the red line.
The Oilers wouldn’t beat him again as they hung on for the win.
Kyle MacKenzie had a pair of assists for the Bruins who also got helpers from Baillie, Nathan McKenna and Keegan Bossence.
Marc LeCourtois had an assist for the Oilers.
Dakota Stathem was in goal for the Oilers.
Oilers 6 Bruins 3
Staples had two goals and assist to help lead the Oilers to a Game 2 win.
Staples opened the scoring for the Oilers before Baillie tied the game a mere six seconds later.
LeCourtois restored the Oilers lead before the start of the second period and Staples’ second of the night another goal by Dayne Mantell staked the Oilers to a 4-1 lead heading into the third period.
The Bruins battled back as Griffin Barrett scored 42 seconds into the third period and minutes later Bourdages scored to cut the Oilers’ lead to 4-3.
The Oilers responded as Sean Price and Sam Rigetti scored 28 seconds apart to kill off any hopes of a Bruins comeback and force a Game 3.
Price, Mantell, LeCourtois, Martin, Cameron Schwengler, Kyle Hoffos and Grayson Stevenson each had an assist for the Oilers.
MacKenzie, Haeden McKenna and Nathan McKenna had the assists for the Bruins.
Stathem earned the win for the Oilers. Brayden Shotter was in goal for the Bruins.
Bruins 5 Oilers 1
Lane Tonner scored 1:28 into the first period for the Bruins as they skated away with the series opener.
MacKenzie scored in the second period to double the Bruins lead before the Oilers got back into the game early in the third when Staples scored to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Bruins added three goals in 4:44 to put the game away. Ben Spaleta, Barrett and Bourdages all scored.
Nathan McKenna and Haeden McKenna each had two assists, while Barrett, Baillie and Bossence each added one for the Bruins.
Stevenson and Schwengler had assists for the Oilers.
Hudson was in goal for the Bruins and Stathem was in goal for the Oilers.