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Bonnyville Pontiacs eliminated in five games

The Bonnyville Pontiacs have lost game five of the AJHL North Division Final and have been eliminated.

The first period of game 5 was a tight battle with close shots on the net and two penalties a piece but no progress was made on the scoreboard. That all changed in the 2nd period when the Spruce Grove Saints’ Breck McKinley scored the first goal of the game. The goal was answered right back with Pontiacs own Nicolas Beaudoin scoring to tie it up.

As the game progressed the teams fought back and forth with each team primed to take goals but neither confirmed the kill. As the game progressed the Saints kept outshooting the Pontiacs 22-14.

Overtime did not last long as the Spruce Grove Saints’ Ethan Leyer grabbed the win for his team early in. The Pontiacs put up a great showing in the series winning game three and taking the Spruce Grove Saints to overtime twice. The Saints will play the Brooks Bandits in the AJHL Final. Neil Langridge Associate General Manager says the team played very well.

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This is the second time in AJHL Pontiac history here in Bonnyville that we were able to make it to the North Division Final. We are super proud of this group and its accomplishments. There are ten college commitments and counting from this group which hits our record high again matching last year’s total.“

Langridge says the highlights of the season are clinching the playoff spot and beating Whitecourt in round two of the playoffs. The Pontiacs tied its franchise record for most post-season wins with nine alongside the 2014-15 team who also reached the North Finals.

Langridge says the Pontiacs are looking to get back into the North Finals and finish the job and move on to win a league title.

“The future is bright but you have to take this time to celebrate the successes.“

The team will wrap up the season with the annual award banquet tonight at 5:30 pm at the Nova VIP Lounge at the RJ Lalonde.

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