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Canadiens fall to Bisons in NEAJBHL final

The St. Paul Canadiens made it to the NEAJBHL finals, but lost to the Wainwright Bisons over the weekend, which gave the Bisons this year's league banner.

ST. PAUL - It was a battle to the end, but the St. Paul Canadiens once again have to settle for second place in the North Eastern Alberta Jr. B Hockey League (NEAJBHL) after the Wainwright Bisons pulled out their fourth win of the series on their home ice, Saturday night.

The final series started on March 17 and 19 in Wainwright, with back-to-back wins for last year's defending champions, the Bisons. But, the Canadiens returned home and took a 3-1 win on March 21.

A Friday night match at the Clancy Richard Arena would draw another full house, but as the final buzzer sounded, the Canadiens would find themselves down 3-1 in the series.

The team hopped the bus for Wainwright on Saturday night, with the Canadiens' Isaak Watters scoring the first goal of the game in the first period. 

But, the Bisons would dominate the scoreboard in the second period, scoring five goals, three of which were on the power play. 

The Canadiens rallied in the third, with goals from Teagan Densmore and Noah Balmer, but it wasn't enough, and the Bisons would take the 5-3 win and the NEAJBHL banner.

The Bisons will now represent the region at Jr. B hockey provincials April 6-9 in Okotoks. 

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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