CARNDUFF - For the first time since 2007, the Carnduff Red Devils have captured the Big Six Hockey League’s title.
The Red Devils defeated the Redvers Rockets 6-2 on Friday night in Carnduff to win the best of five league final in four games.
Carnduff won their 11th championship – the second-most in league history.
The two teams were tied at 1-1 after the first period, with Tanner Reynolds scoring for Carnduff and Oliver Poirier responding for Redvers.
Goals came quickly in the first half of the second period. Ty Stovin scored for Carnduff just over two minutes into the frame, but Presten Kopeck replied less than three minutes later for Redvers. Stovin notched his second of the game less than 30 seconds after Kopeck's goal and Kyle Garagan added a goal less than 90 seconds later for a 4-2 lead.
Blake McMillen and Garagan scored for Carnduff in the third.
This marked the fourth straight season that the Red Devils have made it to the league final, although the league final was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ironically, Carnduff and Redvers would have met in 2020.
Redvers, meanwhile, was seeking their first championship since 2018.
Carnduff and Redvers were the class of the league during the regular season. Redvers finished first with a 14-1-1 record, and Carnduff was second at 13-2-1.
Redvers went undefeated in the first two rounds of the playoffs, sweeping the Midale Mustangs in a best of three first round series and the Moosomin Rangers in a best of five semifinal.
Carnduff, meanwhile, needed three games to dispatch of the Bienfait Coalers in the first round, and four games to defeat the Yellow Grass Wheat Kings. Carnduff was down late in the third period of the third and deciding game against Bienfait.
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