The Estevan Century 21 Bantam A Bruins finished second at the Tournament of Champions that took place in Brandon, Manitoba from February 14 to 16.
Estevan opened the tournament with an 8-2 loss against the Virden Junior Oil Capitals. But they responded with a couple of wins – 6-3 over The Pas Huskies and 5-2 over the host Brandon Wheat Kings – to finish second in their pool with a 2-1 record.
The Bruins then blanked the Morden Hawks 5-0 to advance to the A final. Morden was the top team in the other pool.
Estevan faced Virden once again in the final, and lost 9-3.
The Estevan Blue Rock Junior Midget Bruins are riding a six-game unbeaten streak.
In their most recent games, Estevan tied the Regina Blues 4-4, shelled the Regina Royals 12-0, and then beat the Royals 4-1.
Estevan had a 3-0 lead late in the first period against the Blues. Payton Stevenson had Estevan's first three goals of the game, and assisted on the other goal by Josh Giblett.
Estevan then crushed the Royals 12-0. Seven of Estevan's goals came in the third period.
Erik McKersie (one goal and five assists) and Colein Poole (three goals and an assist) led the way offensively. JJ Holma scored twice, while Stevenson, Dagan Olson, Ethan Wanner, Justin Weinrauch, Kyle Hertes and Nate Smart also scored.
In the 4-1 win over the Royals, all five goals in the game came in the third period. Prestin Bergen had two of Estevan's markers, while Weinrauch and Holma also scored.
Cole Barnstable was in goal against the Blues and for the second game against the Royals. The goalie for the first game against the Royals was not listed.
Estevan's record is 12-7-2.