The Fort Saskatchewan Midget AAA Rangers season has officially come to a close.

A hard-fought battle against the Knights of Columbus Pats ended in a 2-1 loss at the JRC on Tuesday night (Mar.6).

Outplayed early, the Rangers fell behind 2-0 after 40 minutes of play before finding second wind in the third period.

A goal by Kevin Labante at the 6:16 mark would cut the lead in half, but one goal was all the Fort could muster.

“You're facing elimination going into the game and the guys know that. It's a thing that just lingers around and it's in the back of your mind. We were gripping our sticks and tried to do a bit too much early on and it put us back on our heals and gave them some momentum,” said head coach Ty Valin.  

Goaltender Sebastian Cossa made 49 saves in the loss. The Pats iced the best-of-five series three game to one.

“When we came in our team was one point out of last in the league and they clawed their way back to put themselves into a playoff position. We got through the first round against Sherwood Park and that was huge for the guys,” added Valin. "We could have easily mailed it in during November and just said 'that's it, the season's over.' But they came together as a group, became a team, supported each other and pushed each other every day when they came to the rink."

The Midget AAA team will be graduating six players this season; captain Greg Mulhall, Jacob Bennett, Kaiden Collumb, Dorian Hall, Dustin Huebert and Bryce Osepchuk.

KC will now play Leduc in the North Division finals.

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