The hockey season in Juneau came to a close Sunday as Fairbanks defeated Juneau's Island Pub 5-4 in the King Salmon Classic final at Treadwell Arena.
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Fairbanks' Travis Doan scored just 2:12 into the first period to put his team up 1-0.
The Island Pub tied the game when Blake Galvin scored with 9:39 left in the first period.
Hunter Bishop, later named the player of the tournament, gave Fairbanks back the lead with a goal with 5:47 remaining in the first period. Fairbanks went up 3-1 about a minute and a half later as Andy Mumford scored.
Mumford's goal seemed to indicate the beginning of a lopsided victory for Fairbanks, as the Island Pub produced little offensively.
The Island Pub pressured Fairbanks toward the end of the period, but their efforts on offense didn't get rewarded until Cormac Meagher scored with just 9.1 seconds left in the first period, giving his team as well as the Juneau fans new life.
Again, Fairbanks came out pressuring on offense as Tim Saunderborg scored 2:45 into the second, and final period, making the score 4-2 in favor of Fairbanks.
Doan notched his second goal a few minutes later to give Fairbanks a 5-2 advantage.
Down three goals, Island Pub rallied and outshot Fairbanks 20-4 in the final period.
Paul Melchiori scored midway through the second period to make the score 5-3.
The Island Pub continued to shoot at Fairbanks' net but didn't get another goal until Dan Teske scored with just 3:45 remaining in the game.
The Island Pub pulled their goalie with 1:15 left in the game, but couldn't get the tying goal as Fairbanks won a close battle.
"We couldn't score on the power plays, we had some penalties, and that's what it comes down to," said Island Pub center Jens Hinderlie.
Hinderlie and Marieke Cormier coordinated the second annual tournament. Besides the championship, the tournament's highlight was Saturday night's banquet.
"It's just awesome," Hinderlie said of the tournament. "The banquet last night was so much fun, maybe too much fun. We all love hockey, and we play against each other, and then we hang out."
Treadwell Arena will put away the ice for the rest of the spring and summer until possibly August.
Juneau's lone hockey rink, however, did go out with a bang in front of about 150 fans.
"That was the best game played in the Treadwell to date," said rink announcer Chris Mertl. "This was high-caliber hockey."
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