After a season of trials and triumphs, the Lacombe Generals took home their final victory of the season and in their hometown no less.
The fight for the Allan Cup came down to two incredible Albertan teams and season rivals who fought each other for both the ACHW championship, provincial championship, and now the Allan Cup. The Lacombe Generals won all of these titles but not without a challenge.
“They didn’t make it easy on us for sure, and we knew that they wouldn’t but I think that we earned it. We put in the work all year, Wednesday practices and the guys from Calgary were driving in all the time,” said Generals player, Brennan Evans.
All players on the ice knew that it wouldn’t be an easy win. The Eagles were first to score as the Generals took their time getting their head in the game. With two minutes left in the first period, the Generals tied it up heading into the second.
In the second, the Generals managed to score two more goals, but with six minutes left the Eagles scored another leaving the score 3-2 and too close for comfort.
In the third, tensions were high with the threat of the Eagles scoring another and tying up the game. With only a minute left, the Generals managed two more goals solidifying their victory and the Allan Cup. The final score was 5-2, and shots on net were 42-28 for the Generals.
“We definitely knew that they were going to come out hard. I mean it’s one game take all. We didn’t leave anything left to chance and they didn’t leave anything left to chance. Kudos to them for making us be honest and giving us a good game tonight,” added Generals player, Ian Barteaux.
The victory, of course, had meant so much more for the players being that the Allan Cup was held in Lacombe at the Gary Moe Auto Group Sportsplex. There was no vacant seat for the final game.
“It’s just awesome like you got all your family here, cousins, wife, kids, mom, dad like everybody is here. I don’t even know what to say we’ve been chasing this for three years since we won it in 2016, I am happy to finally do it,” explained player, Jesse Todd.
The victory was a little strange to the Generals’ head coach Sean Robertson who didn’t know how to feel yet, “It’s a little different you don’t know what to do with your hands most the time. It’s a bit of a helpless feeling but also at the same time, it’s very rewarding. I feel like these are all my kids and to see them this happy makes you almost want to do it again.”
Barteaux was just happy to go back to his students in Edmonton with a good ending, “It was worth the week off of work and now I get to bring something special back to all my students back at Vimy Ridge.”
Overall, the night was a huge success to coach, player, and fan. Everyone in the building was kept on their toes until that very last minute of the game.