The Estevan Blue Rock Junior Midget Bruins' season ended March 27 in an 8-2 loss to the Melville Millionaires in the third and deciding game of Hockey Regina's Midget 15 league final.
Melville won Game 1 4-2 on March 21, but Estevan tied the series with a 2-0 win two days later, forcing the deciding Game 3.
JJ Holma scored 79 seconds into Game 3 to give Estevan a 1-0 lead, but Melville had leads of 2-1 after the first period, 3-1 after two, and 4-1 early in the third.
Kyle Hertes' goal pulled Estevan to within two, but Melville scored four times in the final 14 minutes of the game for the lopsided victory.
Cam Lavoie was in goal.
Despite the result, Estevan coach Kim Skjonsby was pleased with his team's effort this season and in the final.
"The kids did a fantastic job, the parents did a fantastic job, and that's the kind of season that makes a coach want to coach more," he said.
Skjonsby said he knew about two weeks into the season that Estevan could be a contender, as the players have a desire to play hockey and a willingness to learn.
"We had a great bunch of kids, and we have all levels of talent," said Skjonsby. "We saw improvement from all levels."
One of the season's highlights was the league semi-final against the Regina Blues. Estevan outscored the Blues 14-4 in a two-game sweep, after going winless against the Blues during the regular season.
As for Melville, they had a deep team with some game-breakers, Skjonsby said.
"They didn't have any real weak links," said Skjonsby.
Skjonsby also applauded the Melville team for their sportsmanship. In Game 1, Melville lent a helmet to an Estevan player who was without one. And in the warm-up prior to Game 3, an Estevan player lost a skate blade, and a Melville player loaned a set of skates to the Bruin so that he could play in the deciding game.