Ice Hawks Squirt B team hold the banner of the champs after winning the Michigan State Squirt B Championship. Pictured, front row, from left: Bink Cline, Nolan Anderson, Evan Hedtke (goalie) and Nathan Thomson; second row: Greg Ghiotto, Holden Ross, Trey Bociek, Noah Thomson and Drew Hebert; third row: assistant coach Mark Dennis, head coach Mike Hedtke and assistant coach Jim Anderson; back row: Nicole Polzin, Lexi Dominici, Addison Mattson and Kali Dennis. (IAHA photo)
CASPIAN—The Iron Amateur Hockey Association (IAHA) Ice Hawks Squirt B team skated to another Michigan State Squirt B Championship on March 3-5 in Negaunee.
The team had to play five games to win the title.
The Ice Hawks faced teams from Negaunee, Muskegon, Canton, Lapeer and St. Ignace. The championship game was against the St. Ignace Saints.
This was a rematch from the previous IAHA Squirt championship game two years previously. They came out ahead again with a final score of 3-2 to win the Michigan state championship.
In the championship game, the Ice Hawks’ first goal in the first period was an unassisted goal by Trey Bociek. They hit the back of the net again in the second period with a goal by Holden Ross with assists from Noah Thomson and Bociek.
The third goal was by Nathan Thomson, with the assist coming from Nolan Anderson in the second period. Goalie Evan Hedtke let in one shot in the second period and then one in with 2:35 left in the third period for a 3-2 final score.
The teams were evenly matched, but the IAHA Ice Hawks pulled off the win even after three third period penalties.
IAHA defeated Negaunee 4-1, Friday afternoon, tied Muskegon 2-2 on Saturday morning and then in the afternoon brought another win over Canton 11-3, which led them into the semifinals to meet Lapeer. They beat Lapeer with a score of 3-1 to firmly place them in the championship game on Sunday afternoon against the St. Ignace Saints.
Head Coach Mike Hedtke was very proud of all of the team.
“They all worked hard all season. They knew they were the team to beat going into the state championships, so they focused on the prize, another Michigan state championship for IAHA. They delivered.”