The Lorette Comets are Hanover Tache Junior Hockey League champions.

Travis Victor scored the go-ahead goal with 9:03 left as Lorette defeated the Springfield Xtreme 2-1 Tuesday night in Oakbank.

Jonah Cook also scored the Comets who took the best-of-seven final four games to two.

"It's such a great feeling," said Lorette forward Jesse Fraser. "We worked so hard all year and it's a great way to cap it off."

The Comets enjoyed a 1-0 lead until Curtis Metzler scored the equalizer just 26 seconds into the third period.

"I was thinking the worst," said Lorette goaltender Travis Bonnefoy after the Xtreme finally got on the board. "I thought the series was going to go to seven. I don't know how we scored that last one, but that just turned everyone's momentum around. That was huge."

Bonnefoy made 26 saves in game six.

Springfield's Zack Blank faced 20 shots.

"I think it came down to some opportune bounces that we couldn't seem to get," answered Xtreme coach Kevin Augustine when asked what the difference was in game six. "It happens in hockey. There was not quit in the room. We went right to the final buzzer and in the end we lost to a very, very good team. I'm hoping the boys in the room that are back next year can learn from this."

It's the Comets first HTJHL title in six years.

"We've been through so many tough games this season, on the road or at home, it didn't matter," said Lorette coach Jesse Pelletier. "The league parity was next to none. I think that battle throughout the entire year molded us for this moment. It wasn't a pretty one out there today by any means but a win, is a win."

The Comets played six road games in the playoffs and won five of them including Tuesday nights championship clincher in Oakbank.


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Monday, March 25th

HTJHL
Red River vs Springfield
@ St. Jean, 8 p.m.
(Mudbugs lead best of 7 final 3-1)

Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League
Brandon at Wpg Wild, 7 p.m.
(best of 5 final tied 1-1)

NHL
Florida at Toronto, 6 p.m.
Buffalo at New Jersey, 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m.
Boston at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m.
Dallas at Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Vegas at St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Calgary, 8 p.m.
Detroit at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

NBA
Philadelphia at Orlando, 6 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Phoenix at Utah, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn at Portland, 9 p.m.

Sunday, March 24th

CSHL
Ste. Anne 6 Grunthal 5 (OT)
(Aces win best of 7 final 4-2)

MJHL
Portage 5 Virden 2
(Terriers lead best of 7 semifinal 2-0)

NHL
Washington 3 Philadelphia 1
N.Y. Islanders 2 Arizona 0
Carolina 2 Montreal 1 (OT)
Chicago 2 Colorado 1 (OT)
Columbus 5 Vancouver 0

NBA
Charlotte 115 Toronto 114
L.A. Clippers 124 New York 113
Milwaukee 127 Cleveland 105
Indiana 124 Denver 88
Houston 113 New Orleans 90
San Antonio 115 Boston 96
Golden State 121 Detroit 114
L.A. Lakers 111 Sacramento 106

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