The Pembroke Lumber Kings beat the Cornwall Colts 5-4 on Thursday night to claim their fifth straight league title.
Cornwall - Apr. 14, 2011 - The Colts gave it their all, but in the end, it just wasn't to be.
The Pembroke Lumber Kings managed to hold off a late rally by the Colts on Thursday night to win their fifth straight league title with a 5-4 victory in Game 6.
It was a thrilling game played before 2,400 fans at the Cornwall Civic Complex, but it ended in heartbreak for the Colts as they watched their opponents hoist the Bogart Cup in celebration.
The teams were tied 2-2 midway through the game and the momentum seemed to be swinging in favour of the Colts. But as usual, the defending champions had an answer.
Chris King capitalized on a turnover late in the second period to give Pembroke a 3-2 lead, and they added two more - including a shorthanded goal - early in the third period to extend their lead to three.
To their credit, the Colts battled back on goals from Kyle Baun and Youssef Kabbaj, but time ran out on their comeback attempt.
The Spink twins each had a goal for the Colts, while Matthew Peca scored a pair for the Kings and Kyle Just, Ted Pletsch and King added singles.
The loss marked the end of the road for a number of veteran Colts, including Jacob Laliberte, Matt Jacobs, Leslie Lavictoire, Sean Blunden and goaltender Pete Karvouniaris.
Still, Colts fans have reason to be optimistic about next season as they'll have a solid nucleus of players to build from in the form of the Spink twins, Baun, Connor Primeau, Drew Henry, Billy Ulrick, Cody Sarmiento and Matthew Zanardo, among others.