FALCONS WIN LEAGUE TOURNAMENT AFTER 21 YEAR DROUGHT
It was a dreamlike weekend for the Eagle River Falcons at the 2013 Great Lakes Hockey League tournament. The team went undefeated and earned a championship trophy, all on home ice in front of hundreds of Eagle River faithful. It’s the first time since 1992 that the team has won the tournament championship.
The Falcons came from behind in the title game to defeat the surprise Madison Blues 5-4. After the Blues took a multi-goal lead, Falcons forward Josh Calleja recorded a hat trick, part of his 12-point weekend. His total was good for second best in the tournament.
The Falcons earned a spot in the championship after a 4-1 victory over the Mosinee Papermakers Saturday night, and back-to-back wins in round robin play, including a come-from-behind 6-5 win over West Bend and a 5-2 win over Vernon Hills.
Madison earned the wild card spot in the semifinals after a convincing 6-1 victory over the Fox Cities Ice Dogs Friday night.
In the semifinal, the “Bad News” Blues defeated their biggest rival, the Fond du Lac Bears, who made it to the semifinals by sweeping the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers in pool play.
Cody Strang led the seventh-seeded Madison Blues, and all scorers in the tournament with 14 points in the four-game weekend.
For full statistics and scores from the weekend, visit our Pointstreak page at http://pointstreak.com/players/players-division-standings.html?divisionid=17664&seasonid=10714.
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