attack defends title
The Airborne Attack rode a spectacular performance by outgoing team captain Jamie Benn to capture their second consecutive Theoren Fleury Memorial Trophy Saturday night at the Echo Park Pavilion.
Benn, who will leave the squad this summer as a UFA, recorded 10 points (5 G, 5 A) this week in a memorable denouement to his Attack career, leading his team to the slimmest of victories over the Prairie Dogs.
Just as Benn never led the league in scoring until the moment he notched his dramatic Art Ross-clinching assist in the dying seconds of the final game, so too the Attack never led the championship matchup until the last minute. The Attack trailed all week until Carey Price won his shootout while the Prairie Dogs' Tuukka Rask lost his. That lifted the Attack into a 7-7 tie with the P-Dogs' which was enough to secure the championship on the strength of their regular season head-to-head record.
In the third place game, the Tofield Titans capped a remarkable comeback season by defeating the Caversham Flames. The Titans' third place finish comes on the heels of the team finishing last in the league one year ago.