Many hockey seasons were cut short because of the growing concern of COVID-19. This affected many local players who were still going to compete for titles; however, the concern of the virus didn’t take anything away from Russell’s Seth Falkevitch.
Falkevitch, a former Parkland Ranger joined the Pilot Mound Academy U18 hockey team this season. Playing in the Canadian Sport School Hockey League, Seth joined a team that was dominant all season long and they capped off the campaign by winning a championship.
Playing in the league championship game against Edge School, the team picked up a 2-1 victory and a title in the process.
“It was a big accomplishment for us. We had one guy that was in the same position for the past three years and he finally made it happen,” said Falkevitch. “It was a super special feeling for everyone. The boys worked hard all year and it paid off, it was a total team effort.”
Prior to the playoffs, it really was a season of success for the team. They went 17-6-1 and they won their division, giving them the regular-season crown. They scored the fourth-most goals in the league; however, it was their defence that really set them apart. The team only allowed 48 goals, the fewest in the U18 Varsity group.
“We kind of struggled down the stretch so everyone was kind of upset about that,” added Falkevitch. “No one got down on themselves though and we just battled through and stayed devoted. We had a great group of guys and that really showed in the end.”
Playing in Canada with the team, Seth put up 18 points (7G) in 24 regular-season games. In five playoff games, he added another five points (1G). Being an academy team, they also travelled to the United States where he had another six points.
Falkevitch played with the Parkland Bantam Rangers for the past two seasons where he added up 17 points.
“I think this year was a pretty strong one. It was a nail-biting experience to see how every other team was going to be,” concluded Falkevitch. “I was pretty proud of what I was able to produce this season, now it’s about preparing for next year.”
When it comes to next year, Seth has a plan of returning to Pilot Mound for a second season.
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“That would be my best interest, we’ll see what happens,” he added.