The Red Wings made the finals by winning the Regular Season title and defeating the Bruins in the Semifinals on Saturday night 3-1. The Rangers came into the finals the Runner Up in the Regular Season and 4-0 winners over the Canadiens in the Semis.
The game got off to a fast start, with both teams making early bids to establish the physical and speed advantage. Both teams had plenty of both on Sunday. Goalies Carter Krier ('99, Moorhead) and Nick Konkel ('99, White Bear Lake) were remarkable to start the game making big saves for their teams.
Halfway through the first half, Gavin Hain ('00, Grand Rapids) took over the game. Each shift he was responsible for both physical play and goal scoring opportunities. He scored on loose puck in front of the net seconds after coming out of the penalty box. Then 16 seconds later Hain got a great pass from Blake McLaughlin ('00, Grand Rapids), he fanned on his first attempt and then pumped in the second chance to make it 2-0 Rangers.
Late in the half, with the Rangers on the powerplay, the game came undone...literally. While applying pressure to the Red Wings net, the net came off of it's moorings. Twenty plus seconds later Luke LaMaster ('99, Duluth) fired a wrist shot that hit traffic in front and found the back of the net for 3-0 lead. A lead that even the high powered Wings knew that they couldn't overcome. Thirty seconds after the LaMaster goal, the referees finally fixed the net that came dislodged. And then thirty seconds after that, Garrett Worth ('99, Duluth) put the game away with a filthy far side shelfie past Ben Beattie ('00, Apple Valley) to make it 4-0 Rangers at the half.
With the game mostly out of reach, both teams played out the string in the second half. To the delight of the fans, the boys kept it clean and played hard all the way to the finish. Alex Verbout ('99, Roseau) would add a goal, followed by Hain's third, and then League MVP Tyler Watkins scored late to make it 7-0 final. Carter Krier would earn the 20 save shutout for the Rangers as they cruised to the inaugural Bantam Elite League Championship.