The Gibraltar Copper Kings’ Travis Murphy (back from left)

The Gibraltar Copper Kings’ Travis Murphy (back from left)

Copper Kings claim Inter Mill Hockey League throne

The Gibraltar Copper Kings pulled off a few upsets to become the Inter Mill Hockey League champions.

The Gibraltar Copper Kings pulled off a few upsets to become the Inter Mill Hockey League champions.

The Copper Kings tripled Pinnacle Pellets, 9-3, in the league final on Sunday, March 29, to take the crown.

The victory came as somewhat of a surprise to the rest of the teams in the league after the Copper Kings finished the regular season with nine wins, 10 losses and one tie, six points back of league leaders the Gibraltar Copper Barons and West Fraser Sawmill.

The Pellets, meanwhile, came into the final as the underdog after finishing in last place in the regular season with a six-win, 12-loss and two-tie record.

The Copper Kings path to the final consisted of a 5-3 win over the Copper Barons in the semifinal, while the Pellets beat the Mount Polley Copperheads, 6-4, in the quarterfinal, before upsetting West Fraser, 4-1, to advance to the championship.

In the third-place game the Copper Barons rebounded to beat West Fraser, 7-3.

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