BRANDON - BRANDON - In the end, the Brandon Wheat Kings had to settle for second.
The host team looked spent as they were dismantled 9-1 by the Windsor Spitfires in the championship final of the 2010 Memorial Cup Sunday.
While reaching the final is an achievement, getting blown out was a tough way for the season to end.
“This one stings, and it’s going to sting for years to come,” said Wheat Kings defenceman Travis Hamonic. “It’s definitely a tough one to accept.”
The Wheat Kings came out strong but simply couldn’t find a way to sustain it.
“I’ll look back on this for years to come and still be angry about it, but there’s nothing you can do about it now,” said Wheat Kings co-captain Brayden Schenn. “You’re never satisfied about that. We didn’t bring out A-game, and it showed.”
Brandon product Matt Calvert was trying to look at the bright side after playing his final game for the Wheat Kings.
“It’s pretty emotional, it’s been a great three years here,” said Calvert, a Columbus Blue Jackets prospect. “Even though it ended like that, we’re proud of where we got. We’re the second best team in Canada, and we battled all year and just didn’t have enough in this last game.
“I’ve worn this (jersey) since I was nine years old, and I’ve never worn another crest.”