The Eastman Selects season came to an end one week ago.
Mitch Thiessen scored his second goal of the game 7:31 into overtime to lift the Brandon Wheat Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Selects.
Brandon took the best-of-five Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League quarterfinal three games to one.
"That was tough especially for my major-aged players that are leaving," said Eastman head coach Scott Wong. "Most of those guys I've coached since they were 10, 12-years-old. It's tough. Down 3-1 and they didn't quit. We tied it up and in overtime we hit the crossbar. That's the way the games played - it happens."
Kade Runke's power play goal got the Selects on the board with 5:15 remaining in the second period.
Wong said the message to his players during the second intermission was pretty simple.
"Go out there and leave it all out there. Don't worry about what's happened up to this point. Make something happen if you possibly can. We started running them into the ground. They had a hard time getting out of their zone in the third."
Kieran Thiessen pulled Eastman within a goal when he scored at 8:40 of the third period and Matthew Egan potted the equalizer six minutes later.
That was it for the scoring until Mitch Thiessen won it for the Wheat Kings in overtime.
"We were definitely close," said Wong. "We didn't do well in Brandon all year and the power play was the difference. There's was a lot better than ours was and Nolan Ritchie is a fantastic hockey player. He's everything everybody talks about."
Ritchie recorded six goals and five assists in the Wheat Kings four games against Eastman in round one.
"I'm extremely proud of this group," added Wong. "We really didn't quit. That's the most important thing and everybody on this team improved. Obviously you want to be going on to the next round but we're not. That's the way the game goes."
The eight major-aged players who played their last game with the Selects were goaltenders Danton Belluk & Justin Powers, captain Conrad Solypa and forwards Matthew Boonstra, Kieran Thiessen, Josh Beauchemin, Hudson Chamberlin & Parker Janz.