Challengers came from all over the state and even Canada, but it was a hometown team taking the King Salmon Cup for the second consecutive year.
Juneau’s Island Pub team defeated Whitehorse’s Roadhouse Canucks 5-2 to win the $850 prize for first place. The same team won last year, but Northern Lights Development was the sponsor.
Garret Cheeseman had 17 saves on 19 shots for the team from Juneau. Roadhouse’s Tytus Harding had 26 saves on 31 shots.
The Canucks took home $475 in prize money for second place, while another Whitehorse team, the Murphy Built Mustaches, overcame Juneau’s Northern Lights 9-0 team in the third place game to win $200.
Northern Lights’ Tom McKenzie saw 46 shots and saved 37, while Murphy Built’s Bunoit stopped all 14 shots on goal.
Delta Junction finished in fifth place and was voted as the team with the “most pride and guts.”
“I think it’s safe to say that the tournament was a huge success that we can continue to build on for next year,” tournament organizer Matt Boline said. “All of the games were hard fought and everyone had to work hard in order to win their games.
“Out of 60-plus players there were only two broken teeth and 15 stitches with an average of .033 and .25 per player, respectively.”
The top forward from the weekend was Island Pub’s Nick Arnold with seven goals and four assists, the top defenseman was Roadhouse’s Jared Tuton and Garret Cheeseman was the top goalie. The Juneau-Douglas senior allowed just 10 goals on 132 shot attempts.