It will take a while for the Innisfail Eagles to get over a 5-4 overtime loss in Game 7 of a fiercely competitive provincial semi-final series filled with everything Central Alberta hockey fans love about the sport.
The Innisfail Eagles season came to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, March 6th in Lacombe.
The Generals won the decisive game of their provincial semi-final series with the Birds 5-4 in overtime.
Eagles forward Pete Vandermeer says it is tough to see the tremendous seven game battle end on a power play goal for Bentley in OT.
Chad Ziegler scored for Innisfail with just 21 seconds left in the 3rd period to send Game 7 to overtime.
However, Generals defenceman Colton Hayes put the puck in the net at the north end of the Barnett Arena for the series winning goal at the 2:31 mark of the first OT. His shot from the right wing boards got through traffic along the way and found a spot inside the far post behind Eagles goaltender Dan Dunn.
Vandermeer explains how his team was able to claw back from four one goal deficits in Game 7.
The 40 year old from Caroline discusses why Innisfail was able to come so close to finally beating Bentley this year.
Chris Bailer, Caylen Walls and Mark Bomersback also scored in Game 7 for Innisfail.
Bentley now moves on to play the Stony Plain Eagles in the provincial AAA senior men's final.