Three players with ties to the Southwest took part in the 106th Allan Cup, Canada’s National Senior Championship and one of the oldest club-team hockey competitions in North America.
The host Dundas Real McCoys and the Clarenville Caribous met in the championship final on Saturday. The Real McCoys won their first ever Allan Cup with a 3-2 overtime win.
Clarenville knocked off the defending champion Bentley Generals in the semi-final. Bentley featured Stewart Valley’s Curtis Austring and former Swift Current Broncos netminder Travis Yonkman.
Austring had won Allan Cup titles with Bentley in 2009 and 2013. He finished with one assists in four games this year.
Yonkman was a member of the 2013 championship team but did not appear in a game at the tournament in Red Deer. He finished with one win and two losses with a 4.50 goals against average and a .824 save percentage this year.
Former Broncos goaltender Mark Friesen was the backup for the South East Prairie Thunder. He played 30:33 and stopped all 16 shots he faced in a 3-1 win over Bentley on April 16. The Prairie Thunder were eliminated in the quarter-finals in a 3-2 loss to the Kenora Thistles.