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They showed up to practice early and once it was time to fine-tune their skills and develop, they were ready to go.

When it came to game day, they came to the rink with their game faces on and gave it their all. The 2023-24 edition of the Russell U11 Rams hockey team was a group that pushed themselves to their limits. Whether it was winning a game or coming up short, the Rams never gave up.

"It's a complete team, everyone works hard and everyone on our team played a role," said Will Moncrief, head coach. "It was a pleasure to coach them, everyone wanted to learn and grow."

It also turned out to be a season to remember for Russell. With a provincial title on the line back on March 3, Brixton Desaulniers scored three times and added five assists for an incredible eight-point showing as the Rams won a provincial title with a convincing 10-5 win against Miami.

Ethan Katchin had two goals in the game as did Tavrey Reichmuth while Lucas Moncrief had one goal and four assists and John Bryer won the game between the pipes.

"They were a very excited group when the final buzzer went, gloves and sticks went flying," offered Moncrief. "It was a great experience to be a part of and I know all of our players and myself included will never forget about that moment."

Following their run to a provincial title, the Rams wrapped up their season in the Parkissimo League, and what a finish it was. After going 10-1 in the regular season, Russell beat Shoal Lake/ Birtle in the first round to advance to the finals.

In the championship series against Neepawa C, the Rams made quick work of Neepawa as they won the series in two straight. In two weeks, Russell won a provincial championship banner and now, they won a league championship banner.

"It was a great way to end the season," ended Moncrief. "We always have some great games against Neepawa and it was no different during our playoff series against them. It was a great season for our group, I am so proud of each and every player for all the work they put in."