PHOTOS: Yorkton Terriers win the RBC Cup after incredible comeback
It is the first national championship in franchise history
Yorkton Terriers forward Derek Falloon scored the overtime winner and secured the RBC Cup for his team in Vernon, B.C. Sunday.
Falloon jammed a loose puck through the pads of Carleton Place goaltender GuillaumeTherien, sealing the victory for his team.
They never gave in and we played right until the final buzzer last night and it really paid off for us.- Trent Cassan
The goal came 15 minutes into the first round of overtime after a thrilling comeback by the Terriers in the third period.
Terriers' coach Trent Cassan said the team has always had a never quit attitude.
"We've shown a lot of character and always dug deep," he told CBC News Monday morning. "They never gave in and we played right until the final buzzer last night and it really paid off for us."
The Terriers trailed Ontario’s Carleton Place Canadians 3-1 midway through the second period. It stayed that way until Yorkton's offence ignited late in the final period.
With less than three minutes remaining, Tanner Lishchynsky and Dylan Johnson scored goals just eight seconds apart to tie the game and force extra time.
"It was a very emotional game and it wasn’t looking very good there until the end; we were able to string together a couple big goals and then to win in overtime is always pretty exciting and thrilling," Cassan said.
The Terriers first goal was scored by DaylanGatzke in the first period.
Anthony McVeigh, Stephen Baylis and Andy Sturtz scored for the Canadians, who came up one goal short of winning the team's first national championship. It was also the team’s first RBC Cup appearance.
RBC Cup third championship trophy this season
The Terriers won four do-or-die games in five days, becoming the second team in three years to start 0-2 and win the national trophy.
The Terriers were the first place team going into the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League championship, the Canalta Cup, with a record of 37-12.
The team went 12-1 in the playoffs, winning the Canalta Cup against Highway 10 rivals, the Melville Millionaires in four straight games.
The Terriers went on to win the Western Canada Cup, against the host Dauphin Kings to qualify for the national championship tournament.
The national championship is a first for Yorkton, but its fifth appearance at the tournament.
"It’s our third trophy and championship we won this year so to be the top team in all of Canada at our level is very exciting and gratifying for our entire organization," Cassan said.