Rosthern Wheat Kings forward Ethan Regnier celebrates a goal with his teammates

It doesn’t get any better than this.

The Rosthern Wheat Kings will have an opportunity to capture the Twin Rivers Hockey League  title on home ice on Saturday, March 23. The game will cap off a great series between the Wheat Kings and Birch Hills Blackhawks.

Rosthern had advanced to the finals by defeating the reigning champion Dalmeny Sabres 5-2, 7-1 in the opening round best of three.

The Wheat Kings really showed grit in the West Division finals.  They dropped the first two games to the Willow Cree Chiefs before winning the final three games 7-4, 6-1 and 3-2.

Birch Hills had a very similar path to the final, winning round one over Cudworth 3-2, 5-0. In the East Division final they lost the first two games to Allan. With their backs against the wall, they rattled off three wins in a row to take the series.

Thus both teams entered the championship round battle-tested.

Rosthern hosted game one on March 9  and the fans were entertained with a back and forth affair before Rosthern forward Ethan Regnier brought the home crowd to their feet, scoring the game winner with six seconds left in the third period.

The next day in Birch Hills the Wheat Kings took an early lead and didn’t look back in a 7-2 victory.

It looked like they were going to do more of the same in game three in Rosthern. But, the visitors got off to an early 3-0 lead.

Still, Rosthern would not be denied on this night, scoring seven unanswered goals. The Wheat Kings were led by a pair of goals by Ethan Regnier and Brayden Anderson. Ben Zultok, Kyle Schmidt and Brett Wieman netted singles.

Game four was another back and forth game This time Birch Hills’ Reed Gunville’s third period goal, his second of the game, broke the 3-3 tie. forcing the deciding game five. Scoring for Rosthern was Brett Blatz, Kendrew Friesen and Ethan Regnier.

Start time is 7:00 p.m. for what should be an epic game.