Monday, May 9, 2011
Lumber Kings Win RBC Cup
Camrose, Alberta |
Bayshore News Staff
The Pembroke Lumber Kings have won their first RBC Cup title, and their victory came at the expense of one of the tournament's most successful teams.
Francis Dupuis made 40 saves and Jonathan Milley scored twice as the Lumber Kings beat the two-time defending champion Vernon Vipers 2-0 to claim the Canadian Junior A hockey championship.
``It's been a long time coming for this organization,'' said Lumber Kings head coach and general manager Sheldon Keefe. ``To be able to bring a national championship back to Pembroke, I know for a lot of people who have given a lot of years to the organization that today is a big day.''
Pembroke is the first team from Ontario since the 2007 Aurora Tigers to win the tournament.
The Vipers, who have won a record four RBC Cup titles since the tournament was introduced in 1996, were looking to become the first team to win three straight championships.
``Beating a team like that, basically making a dynasty die, is incredible, especially because it was the Vernon Vipers,'' Dupuis said.