The first Sister City Classic hockey game, between a Juneau team and our northern neighbor in Whitehorse, came down to a special tiebreaker... old age.
The Sister City Classic between the Juneau Aces and Whitehorse Knights, one of the tournament games in the 11th Annual Rainforest Classic Hockey Tournament, ended in a 3-3 tie after regulation. The teams skated in a two-minute overtime period and still remained tied.
In Old Timers Hockey tradition, the win after a tie goes to the team with the oldest average age and so the win went to Whitehorse. Juneau Mayor Merrill Sanford presented the Sister City Classic trophy to Doug Graham, the Minister of Health and Social Services for the Yukon. Graham is also a player for Whitehorse Knights at the banquet. In the final day of play on Sunday, the Tier B Championship was between Lynn Canal Whalers (a team comprised of Petersburg, Haines and Juneau players) and the Palmer Senior Center. Palmer won the game 2-1 and the championship.
In the Tier A Championship between the Whitehorse Knights and Team Anchorage the game also ended 2-2 at the end of regulation. The teams went to a four-on-four sudden death, five-minute overtime period. After overtime the score still remained tied 2-2. The game then went to a shootout and Anchorage won with a final score of 4-3.