The Alberta Elite Hockey League U15 AAA Airdrie Xtreme kept a perfect playoff run going into the provincial championship tournament in Okotoks, winning the gold medal.
Leading up to the tournament the Xtreme did not lose a single game in the playoffs, winning both series two games to zero against the Calgary Royals and the Red Deer Rebels.
Things were a little shakey for the Xtreme as they opened up the provincial championship tournament with a tie to the Calgary Bison, 5-5. But from there The Xtreme was able to get back to their old habits and proved why they ended the regular season with a 33-1 record.
They beat the Knights of Columbus (KC) Squires 9-3, beat the North Division regular season champs, the St. Albert Gregg Distributors Sabres 4-0, and finished off round-robin play with a 6-1 win over the host Okotoks Oilers.
On Sunday the Xtreme had a rematch against the Calgary Bison in the championship match, they started out with an early 3-0 lead. Things did get a little dicey as the Bison scored two straight, but that was all they were able to put up as the game finished with a 3-2 final in the Xtreme's favour.
Tyson Soloski, Head Coach of the Xtreme, talked about the tournament and how the boys had to come through to win it all.
"I think the tournament went really well. We faced a little bit of adversity in game one and didn't play our best game and tied against the Bisons. It was a good piece of adversity, knowing we had to win our next games to make sure we got to the gold medal game and our kids really rallied around that, we played some of the best hockey we've played all year."
Soloski feels like both teams deserve a lot of credit.
"The first 40 minutes I thought we dominated the game and probably deserved to be up a few more than 3-0 but give the Bisons a ton of credit, they're a great team. They came out really hard in the third period and were able to score two quick ones within the first minute of the third period, which made the game very tight. It was very good to see our kids rally behind that and play an unbelievable last 19 minutes of the third period to lock it up and find a way to win."
Soloski mentioned at the beginning of the year, the goal was to win a provincial championship.
"To be able to wrap it up winning a provincial championship is very special and something that our coaching staff and all of our players will remember forever."
The Xtreme will see plenty of changes come next season.
"We have 14 players moving on to the next level, hopefully, we prepared them for that and they can make the jump to play U17 or U18 AAA next year."
Still unsure if he will return as the Head Coach next year, Soloski mentioned with those five players being eligible to return next year, the future is bright for the team.
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