The Guelph Storm lost against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 6 – 4 in a heartbreaking semifinal at the Memorial Cup on Friday night.
Isaac Ratcliffe scored dual goals, defensemen Jack Hanley scored once and another player, Cedric Ralph, got a point on the board.
The Storm last came close to bringing home a Memorial Cup when they went to London in 2014. They made it to the final game but lost against a team they already beat.
The Storm beat the Huskies 5 – 2 on May 18 in their first game out east. But they were not able to follow through on Friday.
“The last nine weeks have been quite a ride for sure,” said Storm head coach and general manager George Burnett, via a CHL release on Friday.
“I didn’t think we were our best tonight. Give them a lot of credit, behind our blue line they were a little stronger than we were and some of the choices we made,” he added.
Despite the loss by the Ontario Hockey League champions, Burnett said “I’m so proud of the way our guys have worked from top to bottom, big role or small.”
“It’s been a lot of fun,” the general manager added, calling his championship team “a very quality group of guys that should be very proud of their efforts”.
“They’ve represented our city well and our league, but it is disappointing to come up a little short of the final.”
The Storm made history with a playoff run that saw them come back in several elimination games and win series after series to clinch the J. Ross Robertson Cup.
The Huskies will now play the host Halifax Mooseheads — the only team Guelph lost to in the national tournament — on Sunday for the right to lift the Memorial Cup.