The Junior A Penguins played 52 games and the season game down to a one game battle with CSHL regular season champions the St. Louis Jr. Blues for a shot at the Hurster Cup Championship Game. The Pens, fresh of a 2-2 tie versus three-time Hurster Cup Champion Dubuque and a 0-0 tie versus the Cleveland Jr Lumberjacks knew it was not going to be easy. The Jr Penguins held a 1-0 lead after the first period, but trailed 3-1 late in the second before Mikael Lemieux scored to make it 3-2 after two.
The third period was an up and down battle before a late St. Louis score made it 4-2. The Jr Blues would add an empty net goal for a 5-2 final. \” I have never been prouder of a group of guys in my three years involved with the Jr Penguins organization. These are fine young men that played the game the right way. We went there to win the Hurster Cup and we knew that nobody outside our locker room was giving us a chance. This was a special team that got along great and battled for each other until the final buzzer. We might not have won the Hurster Cup, but we certainly did not lose it, \” said Coach Dorsey. \” I feel that it is very important for people to understand that you can accomplish great things if you believe in each other and this team did, \” added Coach Dorsey.
The only event remaining is the Best-of-the-Rest All-Star event in Marlborough, MA site of the Jr Nationals next weekend where five Jr Penguins were named to the 22-man roster.