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Dekes & Dangles III - 2018

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We had Tron Pond up and rolling by December 13th, 2017 . . . and we had a special guest this year as well. The media team at the Grand Rapids Griffins delivered a unique and beautiful attraction to Tron Pond. Yes . . . it was the Calder Cup!!!! Sam Iannamico, photographer for the Grand Rapids Griffins came out with his media team and enjoyed a beautiful night on the pond. He took many pictures and they can be found below. With great conditions we are looking to have a great Dekes & Dangles tournament season.

history in the making

Who will be up next for the 'All Around Champion' title? Will it be Annie Devaney, Nichole Werkema, Craig Fulco, Adam Copeland, Chasyln Duffek-Gofton or Brent Belanger.

C BRACKET - JANUARY 5 & 6, 2018

[champions/champs_ddiii_c.jpg]Mean Temperature | 2°F & 0°F
Max Temperature | 12°F & 11°F
Min Temperature | -9°F & -11°F

The first weekend of Dekes & Dangles III would be an exciting one and the coldest tournament to date. The temp was below zero for most of the weekend, it would be nothing be hot games on Tron Pond. We would have our C Bracket up first and it was filled with some exciting play. The tournament had all 16 games played, including three overtime games. We would have a number of players in contention for the All Around Champions title . . . we would have Annie Devaney & Nichole Werkema playing for The Tin Can, Adam Copeland with Grand Traverse Distillery, Craig Fulco lacing up with LLC, and Brent Belanger playing with the boys of Rez Lounge.

On opening night the action was feverish right from the start. BTPCI (Brad DeVries) would fall short to the Moose Knuckles (David Lyon) by a single goal (8-9). In game two we would see the annual participants What the Puck (Alan Higley) face off against the house team representing The Tin Can. When the ice finally cracked, it would be The Tin Can coming out on top (11-6). We would have a new team making an appearance at Dekes & Dangles, first time participant LLC (Kevin Vanderberg) would comfortably handle the other D&D house team; Grand Traverse Distillery with the same score as the previous game. In our final game of the opening night, it would BTPCII (Tyler Stokes) vs D&DII Runner-ups, Rez Lounge (Darren Martucci). It would be Rez Lounge moving on and sending BTPCII to the losers bracket with a score of 14-7.

With the start of day two, we would have to keep our eye on both BTPC teams as they would do something that was very unfamiliar with most teams in the Dekes & Dangles world. Both BTPC teams eliminated teams from tournament contention during bracket play. BTPCI would send What the Puck to Benders Championship and BTPCII would end Grand Traverse Distillery's dreams; sending them to the Benders game as well. BTPCII and GTD needed to go to an extra "sudden death" stanza before we would know who would go on. It would be Darrin Immink with a shot from the bench side boards that would rattle BTPCII to the next round. The Moose Knuckles would fall short to The Tin Can in the first winners bracket game of the day (11-16). Now in the losers bracket the Moose Knuckles would go head to head with BTPCII. BTPCII would defeat the Moose Knuckles before being sent home themselves by LLC. LLC found their way to the losers bracket by losing in a "sudden death" game versus Rez Lounge (8-9). Now it would be between The Tin Can and Rez Lounge to duke it out and earn their way to the finals. The game would go back-and-forth all game long, and once again it would go into overtime for the boys of Rez Lounge. Rez Lounge would win this game with another overtime goal by Jonathan Ims (9-8). Now they would just need to wait it out and see who would come out of the losers bracket. The Tin Can and LLC played a very quick and intense game. The Tin Can struggled to find the back of goal, only scoring once in 34 minutes. Which would end their push to the finals and be replaced by LLC; who scored 7 times.

[champions/benders_ddiii_c.jpg]The finals were set and it is now a best out of three series between LLC and Rez Lounge. Before getting to our finals match up we would play our Benders Championship and it would be Grand Traverse Distillery over What the Puck with a final score of 7 to 1. Moving on to the main event, Rez Lounge would just need to win to send LLC home empty handed. They were also without their weekend sniper, Bill Rugenstein; whom decided he needed to attend a Christmas party. Short handed in the finals, Rez Lounge would fall to LLC with a score of 7 to 3. A third and deciding game was needed to declare a Dekes & Dangles III C Bracket Champion. The game would be a struggle for both teams. This was LLC seventh game of the tourney, and sixth of the day, while Rez Lounge would be playing their fifth game. In 2017 Rez Lounge would play six games to only fall short in the finals. They would not have a repeat of Dekes & Dangles II, as they found their legs in their third game against LLC, even being shorthanded they were able to start executing on their shots, all while pulling together defensively. The day would be theirs, and Rez Lounge would be able to say they are Dekes & Dangles III Champions.

With the Rez Lounge win and championship in hand, it would be a special day for Brent Belanger, whom would find his way into an elite class of champions. He would become the second AEA All Around Champion.

Game ID: 01-2018-01
Date: January 5 2018 | Time: 06:00 PM
BTPCI (8) v Moose Knuckles (9) | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 01-2018-02
Date: January 5 2018 | Time: 07:00 PM
What the Puck (6) v The Tin Can (11) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-03
Date: January 5 2018 | Time: 08:00 PM
LLC (11) v Grand Traverse Distillery (6) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-04
Date: January 5 2018 | Time: 09:00 PM
BTPCII (7) v Rez Lounge (14) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-05
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 09:30 AM
BTPCI (10) v What the Puck (8) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 01-2018-06
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 10:30 AM
Grand Traverse Distillery (14) v BTPCII (15) | Goal Differential: 1, (Darin Immink, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 01-2018-07
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 11:30 AM
Moose Knuckles (11) v The Tin Can (16) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-08
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 12:30 PM
LLC (8) v Rez Lounge (9) | Goal Differential: 1, (Jonathan Ims, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 01-2018-09
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 01:30 PM
BTPCII (19) v Moose Knuckles (12) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-10
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 02:30 PM
LLC (19) v BTPCI (12) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-11
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 03:30 PM
The Tin Can (8) v Rez Lounge (9) | Goal Differential: 1, (Jonathan Ims, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 01-2018-12
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 04:30 PM
LLC (10) v BTPCII (5) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-13
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 05:30 PM
The Tin Can (1) v LLC (10) | Goal Differential: 9
Game ID: 01-2018-14
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 06:30 PM
What the Puck (1) v Grand Traverse Distillery (7) | Benders Championship | Goal Differential: 6
Game ID: 01-2018-15
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 07:30 PM
Rez Lounge (3) v LLC (7) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 4
Game ID: 01-2018-16
Date: January 6 2018 | Time: 08:30 PM
LLC (7) v Rez Lounge (10) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 3

B BRACKET - JANUARY 13 & 14, 2018

[champions/champs_ddiii_b.jpg]Mean Temperature | 14°F & 11°F
Max Temperature | 18°F & 19°F
Min Temperature | 9°F & 3°F

The second weekend of Dekes & Dangles III would be struggle just like the tournaments of the past. Coming into the B Bracket weekend we had two solid days of warm weather, with one of those days almost touching 60 degrees. The heat wave would postpone the event twice, cancelling the Friday evening games and moving onto Saturday. Dekes & Dangles III would be the first tournament completely played during daytime hours. We would play all 16 games in the days ahead.

The tournament would drop the puck finally at 10:00am on Saturday morning and it would be Maroon Union (Dan Beckmann) going against Rez Lounge (Darren Martucci) in the first official game of any Dekes & Dangles B Bracket. It would be Maroon Union taking the game with the final score of 19 to 12. In our second match up of the day it would be the Grifters (Erik Humes) taking on the boys of WIFC (Jon Perz). There was a steady pace to the game, but it would be WIFC taking the second game of the tourney (18-11). SPC (Brent Belanger) would take the ice with his all women team and challenge the guys from Kalamazoo; The Dragons (Jesse Smith). It wouldn't take long for The Dragons to send SPC to the Losers Bracket to wait for their next opponent (19-8). FTKz (Joshua Vance) would be up next and would have some home ice advantage over BLB (Steve Buck). It wouldn't take much to send BLB to the Losers Bracket where they would meet up with SPC. FTKz would move onto the next round after winning (16-4) where they would meet the The Dragons next.

The first game of the Losers Bracket would feature Rez Lounge and the Grifters. The game would be back and forth, but it would be the Grifters on top (17-12). Rez Lounge would be sent to the Benders Championship and the Grifters would wait to see who would win between SPC and BLB. BLB would make sure they would move on, and SPC would meet up with Rez Lounge. Now that our Benders Championship is set with first the first two teams officially eliminated from the tournament; we would move on to the second round of the winners bracket.

During the afternoon games we would watch the ice fall apart quickly . . . the cracks got a little too big, and the winter thaw let us know there was still water under the ice. We would have to stop and move the remaining games to Sunday . . . but not until we played one more game . . . and it would be Maroon Union and WIFC drudging it out in a slushy seventh game of the day.

Brent Belanger, Joshua Vance, James Jett, Ryan Schnabel & Beth Parbel would work on repairing the ice, and they were finally able to lay a sheet of water down to fill the holes at 6:00pm, then they were off for some dinner at Monelli's. Brent, Beth & Ryan would return to the rink at about 10:00pm and start the process again. They were able to get down a heavy layer, and get some sprinkler work done to smooth the ice surface. At 1:30am they called it a day and would let the ice sit for the next 8 hours in 7 degree temperature .

We had a lot better conditions on Sunday morning, the ice firmed up beautifully. We would drop the puck at 9:00am on Sunday, in our first ever Sunday game. It would be The Dragons and FTKz playing for a chance to move onto the next round. FTKz would take the early morning match up with a final score of 19 to 6. Now that the second round of the Winners Bracket was complete we could move on to the second round of the Losers Bracket. Where it would be BLB going head-to-head with Maroon Union, where AEA Hall of Fame bound David Wilmert would take his time getting to the ice to help his Maroon Union teammates. When the game ended it would be Maroon Union taking the win (16-9) and sending BLB home for the weekend. Next up to play at 11:00am was the Grifters and The Dragons. The "now" Kalamazoo bound Dragons would be sent home after they fell to the Grifters (17-10).

[champions/benders_ddiii_b.jpg]WIFC was set to play FTKz in our third round of the Winners Bracket. It would be a hard fought, back and forth game, but it would WIFC sending FTKz to the losers rounds to face off against the winner of the Grifters and Maroon Union. We would take a break between from bracket play and let Rez Lounge and SPC duke it out in our Benders Championship, where it would be Rez Lounge winning the game with a score of 19-11. Now we would see who would move on to face FTKz and a chance to go to the D&DIII Finals. Maroon Union and the Grifters would leave it all on the ice, with a very physical game, with no penalties called (I know, weird), and it would be Maroon Union pulling out the win in the closing seconds (15-14).

Maroon Union and FTKz would now play for a chance to play in the first ever B Bracket finals. It was a very close game and it wouldn't be until the closing minutes that it would be determined that FTKz would be moving on (17-12). Now that the finals were set, and once again it would be a best of three playoff, with WIFC already having a game in hand with their win in the early rounds. Tempers would get a little heated, as goals and goaltending issues would be point of contention. FTKz would take game two in the series and tie it all up, D&DIII was all tied up and going into a third and the final game of the weekend. To help curb aggression and disputes a guest scorekeeper (Brent Belanger) was needed to help out. We would drop the puck on an exciting finals for D&DIII. It would be all tied up at halftime with a 7 - 7 score. We would have 17 minutes before we would have a winner. The game was quick and creative, and it would once again be tied up in the closing seconds. Now, with a score of 12-12, we would head to a "sudden death" overtime. Where after a minute or two we would have FTKz winning it all and claiming the first ever B Bracket Championship.

Annie Devaney, Nichole Werkema and Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton would fall short of achieving the All Around Champion and would have to wait for yet another weekend of Dekes & Dangles. Joshua Vance and Stu McLean would now only need to clutch the Kegger Cup at Hockey Hold'em to join those already enshrined.

Game ID: 01-2018-01
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 10:00 AM
Maroon Union (19) v Rez Lounge (12) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-02
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 11:00 AM
Grifters (11) v WIFC (18) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-03
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 12:00 PM
The Dragons (19) v SPC (8) | Goal Differential: 11
Game ID: 01-2018-04
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 01:00 PM
BLB (4) v FTKz (16) | Goal Differential: 12
Game ID: 01-2018-05
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 02:00 PM
Rez Lounge (12) v Grifters (17) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-06
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 03:00 PM
SPC (8) v BLB (18) | Goal Differential: 10
Game ID: 01-2018-07
Date: January 13 2018 | Time: 04:00 PM
Maroon Union (11) v WIFC (22) | Goal Differential: 11
Game ID: 01-2018-08
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 09:00 AM
Dragons (6) v FTKz (19) | Goal Differential: 13
Game ID: 01-2018-09
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 10:00 AM
BLB (9) v Maroon Union (16) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-10
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 11:00 AM
Grifters (17) v Dragons (10) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 01-2018-11
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 12:00 PM
WIFC (14) v FTKz (12) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 01-2018-12
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 01:00 PM
Maroon Union (15) v Grifters (14) | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 01-2018-13
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 02:00 PM
Rez Lounge (19) v SPC (11) | Benders Championship | Goal Differential: 8
Game ID: 01-2018-14
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 03:00 PM
Maroon Union (12) v FTKz (17) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 01-2018-15
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 04:00 PM
WIFC (14) v FTKz (16) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 01-2018-16
Date: January 14 2018 | Time: 05:00 PM
FTKz (13) v WIFC (12) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 1, (Brock Golembieski, Overtime Winner)

30+ BRACKET - JANUARY 19 & 20, 2018

The 30+ Bracket was officially cancelled for 2018 tournament season.

Mean Temperature | 33°F & 37°F
Max Temperature | 40°F & 44°F
Min Temperature | 25°F & 30°F

B+ BRACKET - JANUARY 26 & 27, 2018

The B+ Bracket was officially cancelled for 2018 tournament season.

Mean Temperature | 40°F & 41°F
Max Temperature | 52°F & 50°F
Min Temperature | 27°F & 32°F

WOMEN'S - FEBRUARY 2 & 3, 2018

[champions/champs_ddiii_w.jpg]Mean Temperature | 14°F & 23°F
Max Temperature | 17°F & 32°F
Min Temperature | 10°F & 14°F

It was an exciting week preparing for the Women's bracket. We had to cancel the previous two weekends (30+ & B+ Brackets) due to warm weather. The weather would warm up and cool down, just enough to make it difficult to keep the ice in a good condition. In the week leading up to the tournament we would hit a temperature of 40 degrees on Wednesday, making it impossible to get anything set for the tournament. With a little bit of luck half way through Thursday we were able to finally get some water down and begin working on bring Tron Pond back to life. Over the course of the day on Thursday we were able to continuously lay down water making progress towards the weekend. The last layer of water was put on at 3am in the early morning of Friday, leaving us with only 15 hours to hope everything would work out. By the time the puck dropped at 6pm we had a beautiful block of ice and we were ready to put on a show.

We turned on all the lights, the ice was perfect and it was time to drop the puck on the first ever Women's Bracket of the Dekes & Dangles event. We would have six teams in attendance and two of them would play twice on Friday night. Our first game of the night would feature Breakaway Cafe taking on the tournament organizers (Annie Devaney & Nichole Werkema) and Pretty Gardens. The match up was  the perfect thriller to start off the weekend, we would watch these ladies go back and forth, using up all the time available and still needing more time to decide a winner. They went on to a "sudden death" overtime session where Pretty Gardens (Annie Devaney, Nichole Werkema, Katie Werkema, Shelby Werkema, Molly Ostroot and Julianne Smith) would get the win on a perfectly placed shot by Molly Ostroot (10-9). Pretty Gardens would get a slight break before taking on Hyde Construction later on in the evening. Our second game of the evening would be On Your Game (OYG) with recent Hockey Hold'em III champions, Rebecca Wheeler and Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton on their roster; taking on Young Living and Dekes & Dangles I champion Monique Squiers. OYG would not give Young Living a chance to take control of the game, they were relentlessly pushing the play and putting up goals. OYG would win and get a chance to watch, rest and relax before their second game of night versus Cosmic Candy. Now rested Pretty Garden took the ice and prepared to do battle with Hyde Construction; made up of Shelby Myers, Faith Fleming, Lenny Schumacher, Jessica Spicer and the mom and daughter combo Nicole Zenk and Brook Diepstra. Pretty Gardens found themselves in another seesaw game where neither team could pull away from the other. It would be Pretty Gardens with a slim 10 to 9 victory and a chance to finally call it a night. There was something special about this game and something tells me these two teams will meet again. Our final game of the night would feature Cosmic Candy taking on the aggressive and talented team of OYG. On paper it looked like Cosmic Candy would be in trouble, but that's why we play the games, because it would Cosmic Candy with the 7 to 5 win over OYG. Going into day two it would be Cosmic Candy and AEA rookie Beth Parbel, along with Pretty Gardens moving on in the Winners Bracket; while OYG, Breakaway Cafe, Young Living and Hyde Construction heading to the Losers Bracket.

It would be a beautiful start to day two of the Women's Bracket. We would start the day off with Young Living and Hyde Construction playing for a chance to move on in the tournament. It would be Hyde Construction controlling Monique Squiers, Michelle Looyenga, Christina Charlson, Danyle Proctor, Julie Converse-Horning and Meghan Cole from Young Living. Hyde Construction would win the game by a final score of 12 to 8. Young Living would be sent to the Benders Championship game to wait for their final opponent of the weekend. Next up would be Breakaway Cafe with Jody Immink, Lisa Hutosky, Allison VanBeek, Kelli Sterley, Marcy Elder and Cynthia Davis; taking on OYG. Breakaway Cafe would give OGY a run for their money for the most part, it would be in the closing minutes of the game where Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton turned up the heat to clinch the victory (12-9) for OYG and keeping her hopes alive of becoming the next All Around Champion. Breakaway Cafe was heading to the Benders Championship and OYG was moving on to face Hyde Construction later in the day. Next up to play was our Winners Bracket teams; Pretty Garden and Cosmic Candy (Riley Crook, Robin Stookwell, Vanessa Foerch, Beth Parbel and Colleen Bennett). Once again Cosmic Candy would play another close game, but the sisters (Katie, Shelby and Nichole Werkema) of Pretty Gardens would be too much for them to handle and they would fall 7 to 5. Cosmic Candy is heading to the Losers Bracket to await the outcome between of Hyde Construction or OYG. In our final game before the break we would have a great head-to-head match up between OYG and Hyde Construction. Hyde Construction. These ladies would have to lay it all on the line in order to move on in the tournament. All Around Champion determined Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton with Rebecca Wheeler, Addie Levin, Sami Arnold, and Dana Beaudoin would be standing in there way. The two teams would give it all they had, going back and forth, never giving in and competing to the absolute end. Once the game concluded it was be Hyde Construction moving on, and OYG going home (14-12). Chaslyn would have to wait for another weekend of Dekes & Dangles to have a shot at a championship and achieving her goal.

[champions/benders_ddiii_w.jpg]We would stop for lunch, a few pops, and try to catch our breath from an exciting morning of pond hockey. Mother Nature would let us know that she didn't forget about us by graciously giving us a snow storm. The snow was flying and piling up, Tron Pond would constantly need attention for the remainder of the tournament as shoveling would become an necessity versus a luxury. Our first match up after the break would be the bound and determine group of Hyde Construction taking on the equally motivated ladies of Cosmic Candy. Cosmic Candy would find their feet, late in the second half of their game, but at that point it was too late as Hyde Construction piled on the goals. Like a snow drift, Cosmic Candy would be buried, and Hyde Construction would blow through to their next game (13-6). The finals for Dekes & Dangles III were set, but before we get to the main event, we would have our Benders Championship between Young Living and Breakaway Cafe. The snow kept coming down and the "Ice Crew" (Andy Skiver, James Bond and Tim Diepstra) would have to work overtime, shoveling after each game and between halves. With the snow finally cleared we were ready to get our Bender Championship under way. The "Ice Crew's" effort and hard work was noticed by everyone, especially the hardworking and exhausted ladies of Dekes & Dangles III. As we got our Benders Championship going it would be Breakaway Cafe taking control of the puck and the game as they battled the weather and Young Living. They would eventually end the game on top with a final score of 12 to 7. The weekend has finally over for these two teams, and we now move on to the main event . . . the Dekes & Dangles III Women's Bracket Finals featuring Pretty Gardens and Hyde Construction.

Pretty Gardens with All Around Champions focused Annie Devaney and Nichole Werkema would have to their hands full with Hyde Construction, now playing their fifth game of the weekend. Pretty Gardens would control the game in a dominate fashion until Hyde Construction started finding the net. Hyde Construction started picking away at the lead and found themselves right back in the game. With the game tied up in the closing minutes of the game it would Hyde Construction clawing their way into position to take the lead. This is exactly what Hyde Construction did as they buried a late goal and sealed the coffin on Pretty Gardens and won the game with a final score of 12 to 11. Their would be once again another do or die final game in Dekes & Dangles III. These tournaments are double elimination and both of these teams have one loss, we would need one more stanza to claim a champion. Both teams were exhausted, beat up and tired, but their was an energy in the air that could be felt be everyone in attendance. This would be the third final time of the weekend that these two teams would face-off. Once again Pretty Gardens would control the game right from the start and have a very dominating lead at half time. Julianne Smith would have to leave, thus doing so would leave Pretty Gardens short handed for the final half of their game. This was the break that Hyde Construction needed. Once again they started picking away at the lead. Getting closer and closer to stealing away the crown away from Pretty Gardens. It would soon become apparent that their lead would be too much for Hyde Construction to overcome. Pretty Gardens would win the title (11-7), hang their banner as a champion at Dekes & Dangles III!!!

With the win Annie Devaney and Nichole Werkema would reach their own personal goal . . . and become All Around Champions!!! Congratulations Ladies!!!

Game ID: 02-2018-01
Date: February 2 2018 | Time: 06:00 PM
Breakaway Cafe (9) v Pretty Gardens (10) | Goal Differential: 1, (Molly Ostroot, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 02-2018-02
Date: February 2 2018 | Time: 07:00 PM
On Your Game (17) v Young Living (10) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 02-2018-03
Date: February 2 2018 | Time: 08:00 PM
Hyde Construction (9) v Pretty Gardens (10) | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 02-2018-04
Date: February 2 2018 | Time: 09:00 PM
Cosmic Candy (7) v On Your Game (5) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 02-2018-05
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 09:30 AM
Young Living (8) v Hyde Construction (12) | Goal Differential: 4
Game ID: 02-2018-06
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 10:30 AM
Breakaway Cafe (9) v On Your Game (12) | Goal Differential: 3
Game ID: 02-2018-07
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 11:30 AM
Pretty Gardens (7) v Cosmic Candy (5) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 02-2018-08
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 12:30 PM
Hyde Construction (14) v On Your Game (12) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 02-2018-09
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 03:30 PM
Hyde Construction (13) v Cosmic Candy (6) | Goal Differential: 7
Game ID: 02-2018-10
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 04:30 PM
Young Living (9) v Breakaway Cafe (12) | Benders Championship | Differential: 3
Game ID: 02-2018-11
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 05:30 PM
Pretty Gardens (11) v Hyde Construction (12) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 02-2018-12
Date: February 3 2018 | Time: 06:30 PM
Hyde Construction (7) v Pretty Gardens (11) | If Necessary | Goal Differential: 4

COED BRACKET - FEBRUARY 9 & 10, 2018

[champions/champs_ddiii_coed.jpg]Mean Temperature | 19°F & 19°F
Max Temperature | 22°F & 23°F
Min Temperature | 16°F & 14°F

The week leading up to the COED weekend was full of winter flurries and cold weather. There would be a ton of snow plowing and shoveling leading into Friday. Colleen Bennett and myself would need all of the two and half hours of rink clean up time before the games could began and the drop of the puck on the COED weekend would be possible. Once complete, teams started to arrive, the snow stopped and the lights were turned on. We would have two players in attendance going for the All Around Champion title; Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton and Adam Copeland. The puck would drop at 6:30pm and it would be the Harry Beavers (Joy Anderson) and BTPC (Brad DeVries) starting everything off. A very close game that would set some tone for the weekend. BTPC would edge out the Harry Beavers and take the first game (9-7). Next up would be the Gong Show (Jody Immink) taking on the dominating pond hockey squad of BLB (Sam Johnson). BLB would control the game from the very beginning and keep the Gong Show at bay, pulling off their first win of the tournament (17-9). The Harry Beavers would face-off against the Gong Show in the opening games of the Losers Bracket on Saturday morning; while BTPC and BLB would meet in the second round of the Winners Bracket. Our third match up of Friday night would be VanDam (Neil Roelofs) and SPC (Brent Belanger). VanDam would struggle to find women to play all weekend and it would cost them in their opening game. Jessica Spicer was forced to play all game, since VanDam didn't have another female player on their bench. SPC would space out 17 goals over the 34 minute game and would hold VanDam to just four goals. VanDam would head to the Losers Bracket and would continue their search for women players. In our final game of the opening night we would see the Kings Room (Andy Skiver) playing a Tricia Devaney short Wild Card (Annie Devaney & Nichole Werkema) team. Nate Petter would step in as a replacement player for the Wild Cards as well. The Wild Cards would be down a player but wouldn't be denied the victory as they were able to put up a five goal win over the Kings Room (13-8). The King Room would play VanDam in the AM on day two of the Losers Bracket and the Wild Cards would take a step forward in Winners Bracket. We would be able to get through day one with no ice issues, and we would end the evening with a perfect layer of water/ice on Tron Pond.

Day two would start off with great ice and the perfect temperature for a busy day of pond hockey. The Harry Beavers would start their day off against the bright eyed men and women of Gong Show. Every inch of ice would be taken up with good hockey and competitive spirit. They would have to go the distance before we would be able to finally call a winner. At the end of all 34 minutes it would be the Harry Beavers winning by a single goal over the Gong Show (13-12). The Gong Show would be our first team to head to the Benders Championship. Next up would be VanDam and we all wondered if they were able to find some ladies to give Jessica Spicer a much needed break. At the time the puck dropped, it wouldn't be a search for women, it would be a search Neil Roelofs whom overslept once again. It would be the boys this time that had to play short as they waited for their teammate to arrive. The Kings Room would come out gunning and put VanDam back on their heels and take an early charge. About halfway through the first half Neil Roelofs decided to join his team and take the lead and change the tide for VanDam. It would be a hard fought battle and it would take a "sudden death" overtime to decide a winner. It would be Rani Vitali digging it out in front of the goal and putting it across the goal the line for the win (9-8). The Kings Room goes to the Bender Championship after dropping their first two games of the tournament; while VanDam and All Around Champion determined Adam Copeland heads to the next round. Now onto the Winners Bracket where BTPC would face BLB to see if they could fare a little better than the Gong Show. It would become clear they too would be no match for the speed and shot accuracy that BLB would bring to the table. BLB would be able to almost score at will, putting up 18 goals and sending BTPC to the Losers Bracket with their first lost of the tournament. Our final second round match up of the Winners Bracket would be SPC going head-to-head with the Wild Cards. SPC would come out quick and put the Wild Cards in the corner; as they waited for Tricia Devaney to arrive at Tron Pond. The Wild Cards would shortly have their full team for the first time all weekend, but would it make a difference now, was it just the upgrade they needed for the rest of the weekend. SPC would continue to push the tempo and wouldn't let the Wild Cards back into the game. When the kitchen timer finally went off it would be SPC over the Wild Cards with a final score of 19 to 10.

This weekend would also have our own version of 'American Loggers' as Joel Hoort, Stephen Hyde and many other made sure the rink side fires were pushing out heat to keep the growing crowd attending the event warm. Thank you very much for assistance.

As the afternoon continued on, we would find ourselves waiting for VanDam to roll over BTPC in the first game of the second round of the Losers Bracket. As the game proceeded it would be clear that BTPC wasn't just going to lay down and lose. They gave VanDam a great game and would trade goals with them all game long. The game would come to an exciting end and when the snowflakes settled it would be BTPC with a personal Dekes & Dangles record . . . as they have officially won two games in the same tournament. They would edge out VanDam by one, a single goal (15-14) and move on to face either the Harry Beavers or the Wild Cards who were up next. VanDam would be sent home after their third game of the weekend. The Harry Beavers would take the ice and the Wild Cards would follow them out. The Harry Beavers would be no match for the determined bunch of Wild Cards. The Wild Cards would hand the Harry Beavers a lose and send them home for the weekend (14-8). The Wild Cards would have to wait for the outcome of the BLB and SPC game to find out who they played next. The BLB and SPC game was the quickest and most physical game of the weekend. Their would be frustration in the air, but cooler heads would prevail and they would have great competitive game. At the end of it all it would be BLB sending SPC to the locker room (11-7) to lick their wounds and ponder how to come back in the later rounds. BLB would get to enjoy the break as they would be officially in the finals and wait for the Losers Bracket to complete to find out who their opponent would be.

[champions/benders_ddiii_coed.jpg]Their would be two games to play in the Losers Bracket before we would know who would be going to the finals. BTPC playing in their fourth Dekes & Dangles game of the weekend and shocking the AEA world; would have their hands full with the Wild Cards. Brad DeVries' BTPC team with Allison VanBeek, Sara Tayor, Jared and Addie Levin were raising the bar of future BTPC teams. They would give the Wild Cards a hell of a game and push them to keep the pace up or be pushed aside themselves. The Wild Cards wouldn't fold and would send BTPC home for the weekend (13-9) and move on to face SPC for the second time of the weekend. Playing back-to-back games the Wild Cards would need to find the energy they needed to play the rested SPC team. The final game of the Losers Bracket would never be more than a couple of goals difference between the two teams. They would play it out to the end and it would end in a tie (8-8), there would be even more time needed for one of these teams to know if they would be moving on to the finals. A couple of minutes into the finals we would have our winner, and it would be a great shot from just inside the center ice line by James Reichardt that would end Chaslyn Duffek-Gofton quest to become an All Around Champion, and SPC's goal of facing BLB again.

The Wild Cards would fight their way out of the basement and get a chance to play BLB in the finals. Before the main event the Benders Championship would be played between the Gong Show (Jody & Darin Immink, Laura Brackley Jammal, Lisa Hutosky, Tyler Stokes and Rick Dupon) and the Kings Room (Andy Skiver, Colleen Bennett, Caitie Doak, Gabriel & Zach Bolen). A game that is meant to be fun and celebrate the game of hockey between friends would have a couple moments of tension, but we would rise above it and have a solid Benders game. It would be the Gong Show with the win (14-10). Both teams officially done for the weekend and we prepare for the Dekes & Dangles III Championship.

It would appear that the long haul to the Dekes & Dangles finals would be too much for the Wild Cards as they would struggle to score and prevent the rested BLB team from tallying up their own goals. A finals game that was decided early with little to no chance for a Wild Cards comeback. BLB would secure the win and with doing so they would etch their names on the Dekes & Dangles III crest and grab hold of their first official AEA title. Is this the birth of new era and outcomes at AEA tournaments? We'll have to see if BLB can keep the streak alive as they prepare for the Silver Puck Challenge in June.

Game ID: 02-2018-01
Date: February 9 2018 | Time: 06:30 PM
Harry Beavers (7) v BTPC (9) | Goal Differential: 2
Game ID: 02-2018-02
Date: February 9 2018 | Time: 07:30 PM
Gong Show (8) v BLB (17) | Goal Differential: 9
Game ID: 02-2018-03
Date: February 9 2018 | Time: 08:30 PM
VanDam (4) v SPC (17) | Goal Differential: 13
Game ID: 02-2018-04
Date: February 9 2018 | Time: 09:30 PM
Kings Room (8) v Wild Cards (13) | Goal Differential: 5
Game ID: 02-2018-05
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 09:30 AM
Harry Beavers (13) v Gong Show (12) | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 02-2018-06
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 10:30 AM
VanDam (9) v Kings Room (8) | Goal Differential: 1 (Rani Vitali, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 02-2018-07
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 11:30 AM
BTPC (8) v BLB (18) | Goal Differential: 10
Game ID: 02-2018-08
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 12:30 PM
SPC (19) v Wild Cards (10) | Goal Differential: 9
Game ID: 02-2018-09
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 01:30 PM
VanDam (14) v BTPC (15) | Goal Differential: 1
Game ID: 02-2018-10
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 02:30 PM
Harry Beavers (8) v Wild Cards (14) | Goal Differential: 6
Game ID: 02-2018-11
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 03:30 PM
BLB (11) v SPC (7) | Goal Differential: 4
Game ID: 02-2018-12
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 04:30 PM
BTPC (9) v Wild Cards (13) | Goal Differential: 4
Game ID: 02-2018-13
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 05:30 PM
Wild Cards (8) v SPC (9) | Goal Differential: 1 (James Reichardt, Overtime Winner)
Game ID: 02-2018-14
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 06:30 PM
Gong Show (14) v Kings Room (10) | Benders Championship | Goal Differential: 4
Game ID: 02-2018-15
Date: February 10 2018 | Time: 07:30 PM
BLB (18) v Wild Cards (6) | D&DIII Championship | Goal Differential: 10

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Michelle Looyenga says:
" The Silver Puck Tournament is excellent, I have played in the Coed bracket for the last two years and enjoyed every game. "
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