It has been almost a year since Carleton Place lost in heartbreaking fashion in the National Championship game, they now have a chance to wipe the slate clean and find redemption.

It was May 18, 2014 in Vernon, BC, the Canadians held a 3-1 lead on the Yorkton Terriers late in the game, they could taste victory until two goals eight seconds apart brought them back to reality.  The game would go to overtime where the Terriers would finish their comeback and stun the Canadians 4-3.

Fast forward 364 days and Carleton Place is right back to where they want to be.  After finishing the regular season with a 49-10-2-1 record and then going 12-2 in the playoffs they would head to the Fred Page Cup to battle Eastern Canada’s elite.  It was not an easy tournament to win but special hockey teams find ways to win and that’s just what they did.  The Canadians would defeat the Martime champion Dieppe Commandos 3-2 in the Finals to punch their ticket back to Nationals.

They would start the RBC Cup tournament with back-to-back shutout victories before things got a little tougher.  The Canadians would fall 4-3 to the BCHL champion Penticton Vees and follow that up with a 3-2 OT loss to the SJHL champion Melfort Mustangs.  Lucky enough for Carleton Place, their two early tournament victories would be enough to earn them a BYE to the Semi Finals where they would get a rematch with the Vees.

Saturday afternoon would be arguably the best game of this years RBC Cup as both teams left everything out on the ice.  The game would be a marathon and take them right into double overtime where finally the last shot of the game would be taken under 4 minutes in.  After a lost face off, Tyson Stewart would make a tremendous play to win a puck battle along the boards, he would then find Ryker Killins at the top of the circle who would fire a hard shot on net, the rebound popped out and Jordan Larson would be all over it to put the game away in diving fashion.

Stephen Baylis had the other Carleton Place goal while goaltender Guillaume Therien got back in his zone stopping 36 of 37 shots he faced.  Tyson Jost replied for the Vees while Hunter Miska finished with 38 saves in the loss.

With host Portage defeating the Melfort Mustangs Saturday night, the finals are set as the Canadians will take on the Terriers Sunday night at 8pm.  The game can be found on the Hockey Canada website as well as live on TSN.

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