The Crocus Plainsmen felt they made a major statement during Friday’s first day of the provincial AAAA high school hockey championship in Winnipeg.
Although Crocus posted a 1-1 record in the preliminary round and missed the playoffs, the Plainsmen’s managed to defeat the Winnipeg league champion John Taylor Pipers 3-2 in overtime.
“It’s the first time, to my knowledge, other than 2005 when Crocus won provincials, that we’ve been able to do that,” said Crocus head coach Peter Gerlinger. “It was a huge accomplishment. Our kids played outstanding and really deserved the game in the end, even though it went to overtime.”
Jackson Wallis scored the overtime winner. Norman Brightnose netted both markers in regulation time for Crocus.
While their tournament-opening win was huge, it was also costly. The Plainsmen lost Ryan Baker and Walker Rowan — a pair of defencemen — to injury, which was part of the reason the Stonewall Rams beat the Plainsmen 6-3 later in the day. Wallis scored twice for Crocus in that game, with Lee Gorowski getting the other goal.
All three teams in the group finished with a 1-1 record, but Crocus was eliminated from the competition for having the worst goal differential.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 9, 2013