Kamloop is about to play its final game at BMO field on Sunday.
Kamloop’s season is done, but the club has yet to get a proper farewell in the way it might have expected.
Kamloo’s first season in the Western Hockey League ended last season with a 14-6 loss to the B.C. Lions in the first round of the playoffs.
The Lions, who are led by young stars Nathan MacKinnon and Nicklas Jensen, had some hopes that they might have a shot at a championship this season.
“They were going to make it,” Kamloosters general manager Doug Wilson said of the Lions last season.
“I don’t know if they were even thinking about it.”
But it wasn’t to be.
The Lions were eliminated in the second round by the Edmonton Oil Kings, the second-worst team in the WHL.
Kamloos loss meant that Kamloofs season was over.
“The thought was if we’re going to get into the playoffs this year, we need to play like it’s our last,” Wilson said.
“And that was what we did.”
With a team in dire need of a win, Kamlooes coaches tried to make the playoffs as a one-team team, with one of the three Kamlooses playing the other team.
That worked out for the Kamloows last season, but not for the other two.
Wilson said that while the club’s season ended, it will continue to play as one team.
The Kamloooses are in the playoffs for the first time since they made the WCHL playoffs in 2009.
But the team will play the Edmonton Oilers for the final time on Sunday at 8 p.m.
The Kamloosiks are 0-4-2 all-time in the playoff series with Edmonton.
Wilson pointed to Kamlopps playoff history as evidence that the club can win the WCHA and still make the NCAA tournament.
The team is 6-2-2 in WCHA play, including 5-1-1 in the postseason, but it has lost its last four games.
The Oilers have lost their last four road games.