The Juneau-Douglas Ice Association midget team won the Tier III State Tournament in Fairbanks last weekend. They won the championship game against the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club 6-0 to complete their run to the championship. They avenged an opening round 3-1 loss to the same team, and rolled undefeated through the rest of their games. In round two, Juneau won 6-2 over Eagle River. In round three, they steamrolled Fairbanks 12-1, and in round four they shut out another Eagle River team 5-0. Members of the championship team include Bill Holbrook, Garrett Cheeseman, Eric Verrelli, Trevor Smith, Nick Mow, Chris Budbill, Matt Noreen, Jake Eames, Zane Chapman, Zander Hoke and Zach Bicknell. Their coaches were Matt Boline and Chip Verrelli. Also in the picture is equipment manager Cole Cheesman, younger brother of Garrett Cheeseman. In an e-mail to the Juneau Empire, Boline said the tournament was full of great moments, including Mow tallying 10 points in one game and Holbrook getting a hat trick on his birthday in the championship game. He also mentioned an instance where Hoke passed up a shot on an empty net in the final game and passed it to Smith, the team's most inexperienced player, for a goal. "That play was probably one of my proudest moments of the tournament," Boline said. "I was and am thrilled that we won, but that kind of unselfish play is what a team sport like hockey is all about - not to mention embodying the true spirit of recreational youth hockey."
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