Rainforest on ice

Petersburg, Whitehorse claim tourney titles

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

Teams from both sides of the border claimed titles Sunday at the third annual Rainforest Classic Old-Timers Hockey Tournament at Treadwell Arena.

The Select squad from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, claimed the A division title with a 6-0 victory over the two-time defending champion Juneau Aces. In the B final, the Petersburg Whalers defeated Whitehorse Stems & Seeds 3-2.

The Rainforest Classic is for players age 32 and older. In addition to the four teams in the finals, the tourney field included the Juneau Sourdoughs, the Juneau Classiques, a Fairbanks squad and two additional Yukon teams - one each from Faro and Dawson City.

In the A division, Whitehorse Select reached the final with a perfect 3-0-0 record in Friday and Saturday's round-robin play. The Juneau Aces went 2-1-0, with a 6-3 loss to Whitehorse on Friday.

Gord Peterson scored two goals, while Terry Jackson and Scott Lowery each had a goal and an assist for Whitehorse in Sunday's championship game. Whitehorse outshot Juneau 42-10, but the Aces stayed in contention until late in the game thanks to the goaltending of Chip Verrelli.

Juneau's Steve Woods (four goals, four assists) and Charlie Davidson (one goal, six assists) were among the top point-scorers of the tournament.

The Petersburg Whalers - who also had players from Juneau, Sitka, Wrangell, Anchorage and Seattle - went 2-0-1 in B division round-robin play, with a 1-1 tie against Whitehorse Stems & Seeds. Whitehorse finished 3-0-1 in early games.

In Sunday's B final, Petersburg got goals from Greg Kowalski and Peter Baekkelund - both of Petersburg - and from Tom Climo of Sitka. Whalers goalie Paul Klein of Seattle was among the tourney's top goaltenders.

For more information about adult hockey in Juneau, look on the Web at http://www.juneauhockey.org.

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