The second session of Adult hockey league crowned three new champions this week during the Stumptown Ice Den’s version of March Madness. There was drama and controversy, upsets and heartbreaks throughout the ‘A’ league, ‘B’ league, and ‘C’ league playoffs.
The week started with the’ ‘B league final featuring the Mad Hatters versus the Yetis. Both teams had their ups and downs during the regular season. The Yetis lost their last 6 strait regular season games and backed their way into the playoffs. It appeared to be a mismatch as the Yetis took on the juggernaut Steel Panthers who were only defeated once during the regular season. The Yetis however, turned around their 6 game skid in one of the biggest upsets in recent ‘B’ league history. In the other ‘B’ league semifinal the number 3 seed Mad Hatters defeated the number 2 seed Space Invaders 3-2 behind the solid goal tending of Lane Johnson. The final between the Mad Hatters and the Yetis looked to be a blowout as the Mad Hatters jumped out to a 5-1 lead after goals by JD Goding, Drew Hebbard , Kasey Steele and Jim Barone. The Yetis battled back to tie the game 5-5 with two goals by the age-less wonder Ken Sebrowsky. Overtime came with the score tied 6-6. After 5 minutes of 4 on 4 hockey, Jim Barone of the Mad Hatters tipped in a rebound for the win and the Championship. Rumor has it Jim was seen Tebowing at center ice after the goal.
The ‘A’ league Final between the Slicers and the Chiefs was not the final that most expected. The Slicers played consistent hockey all year and earned the number one seed. The Chiefs had to beat a T-wolves team in the semifinal that had the top three scorers in all of ‘A’ league. They used some old school, tough, physical, grind-it-out type of hockey to hold Nate Powell, Kyle Hackett and Marc Nastase to only one goal. It did cost the Chiefs however as one ejected player was suspended for the Championship game. With a short bench in the Championship game the underdog Chiefs out hustled the Slicers to a thrilling 4-3 victory. Barrett MacDonald had two goals including the game winner where he was tripped from behind just inside the blue line on a mini breakaway, fell to his knees, controlled the puck, got up, cut to the net, shot, was mauled again by another defender, scored. Had he not scored the referee was going to call two penalties against the Slicers on the play. Later that night it is rumored that Mike Carey, Heath Root, Braeden Schenk, Dave Perisho and Chuck Sherwood of the Chiefs drank 9 pitchers of Margaritas out of the cup at the Great Northern Bar.
The C league Playoffs featured the Howlers versus the Pounders. Once again the lowest seed made a finals appearance. This time however, the number 4 seed Pounders could not pull off the upset. The Howlers defense led by Dean Whitworth and Martha Rendahl held the Pounders to only 9 shots on goal, while the offense pelted Pounders goalie Marty McGill with 39 shots. The Howlers cruised to a 3-1 victory.