Iron River’s River Rats hockey team took the championship at the Norway-Iron Mountain Pond Hockey tournament. Pictured from left, front row, are Joe Baclich, Donn Atanasoff and Dennis Tousignant; back row, Jason Mattson, Al Reitmeyer and Mike Clisch. (Jim Waisanen photo)
NORWAY—Iron Rivers Wicked Wingers women’s pond hockey team, sponsored by Rucinski Construction, and the Iron River-River Rats men’s team both claimed championships in their divisions at the second annual Norway-Iron Mountain pond hockey tournament, held on Hanbury Lake in Norway.
The Wicked Wingers worked their magic and won a hard fought best two out of three series against the Iron Mountain Blades of Glory team with precision passing and flawless positioning to claim the championship Lady Kromer hats. Wicked Winger General Manager Patti Peretto was pleased with the performance of her team in extreme pond weather conditions.
“The weather was cold and windy on Saturday, but our ladies played on and fought off a few injuries. Iron River should be very proud of our women pond hockey players,” said Peretto.
In the men’s B division, the River Rats posted victories over Iron Mountain, Norway and Marquette in the preliminary round thanks to Al Reitmeyer’s numerous crowd pleasing spinorama goals.
The locals went on to defeat Chicago (Wheaton, Ill.) in an overtime thriller in the championship game to win the coveted Vulcan Cup despite playing one man short due to an injury suffered by player-coach Donn Antansoff in the previous game.
According to tournament official Jim Waisanen, “Dynamite Dave” Thomas was voted tournament MVP for his consistent play and hustle. Joe Baclich, Mike Clisch, Al Reitmeyer and “Pugsly” Donati were all tied for second place in MVP honors.
Wicked Winger female scoring sensation Emily Ragan picked up MVP honors in women’s division for her explosive offensive skills displayed during the weekend tournament”