Charlottetown, PE – The Humboldt Broncos, who were the West Region Champions for the 2003 Royal Bank Cup, have gone the distance and captured the Royal Bank Cup, Canada’s National Junior A Hockey Championship. The Broncos defeated the Camrose Kodiaks 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, in front of a boisterous crowd of 2,125 at the Charlottetown Civic Centre.
Humboldt took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Matt Brown and Kris Kasper, before Camrose answered with a late power play goal from Matt McKnight with only 11 seconds to play in the first frame.
The second period featured close checking and very physical play. Eight power play opportunities were presented to the teams, but no one was able to find a way to beat either of the goaltenders.
The third period continued to showcase great defensive play and superb saves by both goaltenders, Sean O’Connor (Humboldt) and Mike Brodeur (Camrose). Humboldt added an empty net goal by Brown, with his second marker of the game, in the final moments to ensure the National Championship.