The action-packed weekend tournament was non-top, high-speed hockey where the indoor rink setting could barely contain the pond-style fun.
Three games ran simultaneously cross-ice where teams of 3-on-3, plus a goalie, faced off for 20 minutes, meaning- pucks were definitely flying in all directions at an average rate of about 100 goals per hour of play. A fifth player watched by the half boards, always ready for the royal rumble tag in. The high-score honors went to the Ale Star vs Prestige Worldwide game whose stick swinging accounted for a combined 23 goals.
The Triple-A team, Odd Man Rush won a 3-2 overtime thriller when Sutton McDonald and Zach Krajnik, fresh back from a season with the NAHL Kenai River Brown Bears, teamed up with Jesse Johnson, cousin Kyle Johnson and Ronan Klancher to upset the defending champs in a classic game of youth vs. experience. McDonald skated off with the game winning snipe from the right circle.
The adult AA division champs was team Drunk and Disorderly with Colby Thurston, Craig Szabo, Bryan Allen and Gary Hanson.
Single A division adult champs was team Bearly Sober with Kevin Blanchette, Blues Andromeda-Focht, Rob Baril, Cody Pittman and Scott Curtis.
In the Kids Coach Mac Cup 8U champs Team Michigan was António Calvillo, Bodi Anderson, Ryan O’Neill and Reece Silknitter with goalies Jordan Olmstead and Loden Johnson
The 10U/12U team champs was Colorado College with Mac Swanson, Rylan Kirby, Cole Casey, Jacob Ball. Colorado College goalies were Alex Beck and Dillon Unruh.
The 14U team champs was Minnesota State with Bradley Burden, Shayden Davis, Kaylin Garner, and Zachary Rinder with goalies Hayden Laflamme and Alayna Breivogel.
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