Bud Light/Dugout Lounge wins third straight Pond Hockey titleToo Old and Cold wins Oldtimer's Division for second time
By: Ken Olson, Superior Telegram
ON LAKE SUPERIOR — Bug Light/Dugout Lounge won its third straight Great Lakes Pond Hockey Championships with a 25-14 win over Stauber Bros. Sunday afternoon at Barker’s Island.
Members of the three-time title winners are Kyle Nosan, Dustin LaValley, Rhesse Carlson, Eric Dahlberg and Kevin Kuklinski. Nosan, LaValley and Carlson played collegiately at UW-Superior, Dahlberg played at Connecticut and Kuklinski is a former St. Scholastica Saint.
Representing Stauber Bros. were Trent Harris, Zach Mausolf, Frank Hanson, Trent Johnson and Scott Michela. Harris and Mausolf played high school hockey at Duluth Marshall, Hanson and Johnson are former Proctor Rails and Michela is from Mounds View, Minn.
After going undefeated through pool play, Bud Light/Dugout Lounge defeated Pudges Bar 24-12 in the quarterfinals and the Grind Line of Superior 21-11 in the semifinals.
Stauber Bros. advanced to the title game with wins of 24-15 over the Booze Bags and 20-18 over the Gopher Rejects.
The other quarterfinal games were the Gopher Rejects over State Bank of Barnum, 16-8; l and the Grind Line over East End Storages, 26-13.
After a one-year absence, the Oldtimer’s Division was back in action with Too Old and Cold returning to the winner’s circle with a 3-0 record on the weekend.
Members of Too Old and Cold, who also won the Oldtimer’s title in 2011, are Terry, Travis and Ryan Schold, Gary Kucharyski and Ken Mertz. They also the Senior Division in 2009 and 2010.
Stauber Bros. led 2-1 early in the championship game, but an 8-0 run helped Bud Light/Dugout Lounge open up a 9-2 lead, which was extended to 14-5 at the intermission.
The lead remained around the 10-goal mark early in the second half, but Bud Light/Dugout Lounge scored six straight goals to open up a comfortable 24-10 lead.
NOTES: Members of the Gopher Rejects were Ben Delwiche, Chris Green, Drew Liebaert, Nick Leuer and Matt Hupila. … Playing for the Grind Line were Chris Bishop, Neal Scharte, Kellen McCoshen, Andrew Bronson and Joel Pettingill. … Rounding out the Oldtimer’s Division were the King of Beers from Marshfield, Anchor Building of Superior and Como Oil.