When Roblin's Jakob Brook signed with the Prince Albert Raiders, it was his dream to win a league title. It took just one season for Jakob to live out that dream, as he and the rest of the Raiders’ won the Western Hockey League last night over Vancouver.
The Raiders playoff run included 16 wins and 23 games and Jakob played in each and every one.
"There were a lot of emotions last night; it was all kind of a blur. It was definitely one of the best feelings in my life," added Brook.
Last night's game was a back and forth affair. Vancouver opened up the scoring early in the first before Noah Gregor tied up the game after 40. Gregor gave Prince Albert a lead early in the third before Vancouver tied the game to send it into overtime.
With just less than two minutes left in the first extra period, Dante Hannoun scored the game-winner in front of over 3200 wild Raiders fans. It was a big rebound effort for Jakob and the Raiders' after losing both games five and six in Vancouver. The game seven win was Prince Albert's 37th win at home this season. They lost just seven regulation games in their own barn all season long.
"We worked for this all year and we deserved to get that win. We went out and tried our best," said Brook. "They had a good push back, but we were able to capitalize at the end."
"We didn't make it easy on ourselves losing game five and six, but we played so well in our rink all year long," he added. "It's honestly the loudest rink I've ever played in and I don't think it'll be beaten. It's such a great arena to play in."
It was also Prince Albert's first WHL title since 1985.
Next up for Jakob and the Raiders' is the KIA Memorial Cup which gets underway this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prince Albert is joined by Halifax, Rouyn-Noranda, and Guelph.
They begin their tournament on Friday against Halifax.
"It's a quick turn-around ahead of us. It'll be important getting used to the time zone because it's a three-hour difference," added Brook. "We have to be ready for the speed and we need to play our game. If we do that, I feel like we can be very successful."
Regardless of what the result is in Halifax, Jakob has learned a ton this year which will allow him to have success going forward. Of any player on Prince Albert's roster, Jakob is the youngest. He was born six days after Ozzy Wiesblatt. Jakob finished the WHL playoffs with two points and he has 14 total this year so far.
"As the young guy you don't necessarily get the ice time that you want or as much as a lot of the other guys," said Brook. "With that being said, I get to see everything and learn it all. To learn how to win has been so valuable to me. I couldn't have asked for a better rookie season."
Here is the team's full schedule:
Friday, May 17 vs Halifax.
Monday, May 20 vs Rouyn-Noranda.
Tuesday, May 21 vs Prince Albert.