MISSISSAUGA – In one of the craziest days of NARCh Pro that one may ever witness, there was one thing that was a fact. By the end of the night, a champion was going to be decided as eight teams would fight it out to determine who was going to come home with the NARCh Pro cup and the $10,000 reward.
The two teams squaring off to decide whom was going to win the prize were the Labeda Snipers against RPD.
The Snipers came into the playoffs as the #1 seed after defeating RPD in a four-player shootout to determine the top seed heading into the Playoffs. Their path to the final were quality wins over the OC Bears and a nail-bitter against Black Ice.
On the other hand, RPD had to go through the Excitement and the Verbero Cypress to get to the Championship game.
Heading into the championship game as the slight underdog, RPD would take advantage of the title and never gave the opportunity to lead throughout the game, as the Snipers were always looking to take over but it just never came. Although the Snipers could not seem to find a way to break through the game, there were always never out of it.
Nothing showed this more than the final minute of the final period. With the Snipers down one and looking to push the game into overtime, the Snipers would rely on their big guns to get the tying goal, and they were not be disappointing as Brandon Hawkins would wire a shot past Zack Lane to even the game at four.
In the extra frame, it would be a back and forth affair as both teams would have equal and quality scoring chances, but could not seem to get the puck past Lane or Snipers Goaltender Troy Redmann.
However, that would all change in the final twenty seconds of overtime, RPD’s Cody Kettler would walk in and take a slapshot and beat Redmann glove-side to give RPD the Pro Championship, and $10,000 richer.
Head Coach Joe Cook and his RPD squad would finally slay the dragon that was the Labeda Snipers, after finally avenging them over championship games that took place in 2013 and last season.
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