For the second year in a row, the Carleton Place Canadians came within a single win of a national Jr A hockey title.
On Sunday the Canadians fell 5-2 to the host Portage Terriers in the championship final of the RBC Cup in Manitoba.
It just seemed it was tough for Carleton Place to bounce back from the emotional finish to their semi-final showdown with Penticton a day earlier, when Jordan Larson scored just under 4 minutes into the second overtime period to send the Canadians to the finals.
Captain Stephen Baylis scored late in the second period to tie the game at one, and goaltender Guillaume Therrien was virtually unbeatable, stopping 36 shots and earning the win.
In Sunday’s final, the host Terriers took a 2-1 lead into the third period, but put it out of reach with two power-play goals in eight minutes.
Alex Robinson and Maxime St. Pierre scored for Carleton Place.
Therrien was awarded the tournament’s Top Goaltender Award.