Terriers capture national crown

Joey Payeur

For Davis Ross, it was pure elation.
For Jordan Larson, pure agony.
The two best friends and former teammates in the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association went head-to-head in Sunday’s RBC Cup final in Portage la Prairie, Man.
Ross and host Portage (MJHL) prevailed 5-2 over Larson and the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) to give the Terriers their first national Junior ‘A’ title since 1973.
“I still can’t believe it,” said Ross, the 20-year-old twin brother of Fort Frances Lakers’ forward Nolan Ross.
“It hasn’t set in yet. It’s crazy.”
Ross pitched in from his blueline position with a second-period goal to help the Terriers cap an amazing 74-6-4 season.
Larson’s emotions were on the other end of the spectrum.
“It’s still obviously upsetting,” said the forward, who celebrated his 20th birthday three days before Ross.
“It’s tough to swallow to lose the national championship game.
“But we have a lot to be happy about,” he added.
“We won our league and I’m proud of our accomplishments this year.”
Davis’ goal off a rebound made it 2-0 for Portage before Carleton Place cut the lead in half midway through the second.
But two power-play goals in the first 8:15 of the third sent the Terriers on their way in front of a jubilant sell-out crowd of more than 2,500 at the PCU Centre.
While Sunday was a low point for Larson, his highlight came a day earlier when he scored in double overtime to lift the Canadians to a 2-1 win over the BCHL’s Penticton Vees in the semi-finals.
Both Ross and Larson have one more year of junior eligibility remaining.