The Thompson King Miners are the champions of the Nor-Man Midget “AA” Hockey League.
The King Miners finished the regular season at the top of the table with a record of 20-2, and faced off against the Cross Lake Islanders.
The Islanders, who finished third in the regular season, made the final after defeating the Flin Flon Bombers two games to one.
Game one of the championship took place in the C.A. Nesbitt Arena Friday night, and was a lopsided affair. The Cross Lake Islanders, playing with a short bench, struggled offensively as the King Miners came away with a 13-2 win. Casper Stoker led Thompson with six points (3g, 3a), while Jonathan Saunders, Kale Mayor and Murphy Krentz each had four points.
Cross Lake captain Chris Ross, who led his team with 11 points in three games against Flin Flon, only managed to get onto the score sheet with four penalty minutes.
Saturday’s game took place in the Gordon Beard Arena, and was a totally different affair from the night before. The first period was very competitive, with the Islanders showing why they were able to make the finals for a second year in a row. That competitiveness evaporated in the second period, however, as Thompson began to distance themselves on the scoreboard. Later in the period, a brawl erupted on the ice that saw multiple players ejected from the game.
Thompson won game two 11-1 to take a 2-0 series lead.
Sunday’s game wasn’t what anyone wanted to see; a forfeit from Cross Lake. The King Miners took to the ice to warm up, but were not joined by the Islanders. Officials delayed the start of the game, but decided to start running the clock as Cross Lake was still not on the ice despite the fact that the team was sitting in their dressing room. After the clock had run for the entirety of the first period (20 minutes), the game was called.
The forfeit resulted in a 1-0 victory for Thompson, giving them the 3-0 series sweep.
The matchup between Thompson and Cross Lake was a rematch of the 2017/2018 final, which saw the Islanders come out on top.