It came down to one game, winner takes all on Tuesday night in Davidson as the Balcarres Broncs and the Davidson Cyclones faced off in the lone SHA provincial game. Coming into this series, the Broncs had been struggling to find consistency, going 6 - 4 in their 10 games leading up to provincials. This record included a January when the Broncs were red hot, picking up 11 of a possible 12 points, but it also included a February where they dropped two of three, stumbling to a third place finish in the QVHL. Davidson, on the other hand, were trending up, going 7 - 3 in their last 10, including a series sweep of the Raymore Rockets in the first round of the SHA playoffs.
Game one of this series took place on Sunday, Feb. 8th, and the story of that game was the play of Balcarres netminder, David Spooner, turning aside 65 shots on the way to a 4 - 3 win. Back in Balcarres, the Broncs could not hold on to a third period lead, getting outscored 4 - 1 in the final twenty minutes, resulting in a 6 - 4 loss. In game three, the Cyclones were able to strike first, and after the opening frame, led 1 - 0. Davidson took over in the second, finding the back of the net four times, carrying a 5 - 0 lead into the third period. Balcarres did not quit skating, but the Cyclones were able to play sound, defensive hockey and they shut the door, securing the 5 - 0 victory.
The Broncs return to the QVHL where they open up their first round playoff series against the Odessa Bruins, while the Cyclones prepare for the next round in Provincials against the Bethune Bulldogs. Davidson will be in tough against a high-scoring, hard hitting Bulldogs team who finished in top spot in the Highway Hockey League this year.
The SHA now takes a couple nights off as teams prepare to open quarterfinal action later this week. As always, keep checking back for scores and schedules.