• Teams vie for coveted ‘Golden Shovel’ award
By Sean Pearson
Uncooperative weather and unsafe conditions on Beluga Lake forced pond hockey enthusiasts indoors for their first-ever Homer Hockey Association Pond Hockey Tournament.
The momentary setback did little to quell the action, however, as eight teams took to the ice at Kevin Bell Arena over the weekend for a chance to earn the coveted “Golden Shovel” award.
“All games were still played in the traditional pond-hockey style of three-on-three, with box goals and no stop of play,” said tourney organizer Ingrid Harrald. “We had players from as far away as Juneau, Anchorage and Soldotna coming to participate in the event.”
Championship games were held on Sunday at noon, with “The Original Six” and the Kenai “Moose Knuckles” mixing it up in the men’s division.
In a high-scoring and action-packed game, the Original Six took the lead early and never looked back. They downed the Moose Knuckles 25-12. High scorers were Beau Greenwald and Chris Cushman.
In the women’s division, the undefeated “Beluga Lake Blue Puckies” battled the “Beluga Lake Methane Flamers” in a hotly contested game of Beluga Lake bragging rights.
The Blue Puckies jumped out to an early lead, and ended the tournament still undefeated with a final score of 12-3. High scorers were Anna Dickerson and Ori Badajos.
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