For the second time in four years the South East Prairie Thunder has won the Allan Cup, blanking the Bentley Generals 2-0 in Saturday’s championship game at the Events Centre in Clarenville to claim Canada’s 107th National Senior Championship.
Mark Agnew scored the game-winning goal on the power play 15 minutes into the second period, Shawn Limpwright added insurance early in the third and Steve Christie stopped all 27 shots he faced for just the third championship game shutout since the Allan Cup went to a tournament format in 1992.
The Prairie Thunder avenged its 2009 double-overtime loss to the Generals in the championship game, and denied Bentley its third national title in seven years. The Generals appeared in the final for the sixth time since 2008.
South East already knows it will have a chance to defend its national championship; the Prairie Thunder will serve as the host team when Steinbach, Man., plays host to the 2016 Allan Cup next April.
The Allan Cup is one of the oldest club-team hockey competitions in North America, having been first competed for in 1908. Only once in the past 108 years, in 1945, has an Allan Cup champion not been crowned.
For more information on the 2015 Allan Cup, please visit www.allancup.ca.