Five Central Albertans played a key role for Team Canada at the Amateur Athletic Junior Olympics International inline hockey tournament in California.
Jordan Rathwell of Innisfail, Brett Frisneth and Brett White of Sylvan Lake and Bryce Lightbown and Conner Veroba of Red Deer helped the Canadian team beat a second Team Canada 6-5 in overtime in the gold medal final of the 16-year-old division.
Frisneth played a key role in the victory as he came into goal after the second period and the team trailing 3-1. They took a 5-4 lead, only to see their opposition tie the game late with their goalie on the bench.
It was the first time a Canadian team has won gold in the division.
Meanwhile, Team Canada also captured the 18-year-old title. The Canadian squad included four Central Alberta players — Tanner Howe, Landon Hiebert, Clayton Swan and Joel Scheeler.