The outcome of Tuesday’s hockey game was a keen disappointment for players and fans, but the Victoria Royals deserve thanks and a hearty round of applause for a great season.

In the deciding game of the Western Conference semifinals, the Royals lost 3­-2 to the Kelowna Rockets, the defending Western Hockey League champions who will go on to play the Seattle Thunderbirds in the conference finals. Except for the minor matter of the final score in Tuesday’s nail­biter of a game, it doesn’t get much better than this: Game 7 in the series, a last­ second score to tie the game and send it into overtime, a capacity crowd of more than 7,000 rooting for the hometown team.

This is an active town, known for more participating in recreation than supporting spectator sports. Yet on an evening more suited for running along Dallas Road or cycling along the Galloping Goose than sitting around a hockey rink, the Royals drew a sellout crowd.

If this was a building year for the Royals, it bodes well for the next season. We wish them the best.

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