'90 Bantam AA Arctic Pond Penguins win tournament
The Arctic Pond Penguins Bantam AA team captured their first championship of the season Sept. 26, in Kalamazoo at the Arenamaps.com Early Bird tournament.
The Penguins went undefeated the entire weekend and outscored their opponents 38-3. The Penguins faced the Arctic Blast from Indiana, Fort Wayne Komets and the Grosse Pointe Bulldogs in the first round and each player contributed to the victories getting at least two points.
Arctic Pond started off the weekend with a 8-1 win over the Arctic Blast as the team only allowed seven shots and had 47 of its own. Tony Thomas received a playmaker with 3 assists. Adam Szajner and Court Murtland each scored twice and Justin Mongrain, Tony Thomas, Lou Lemak and Jon Ponte got the other goals.
The Penguins then hammered the Fort Wayne Komets 15-0 as Murtland had two goals and five assists for seven points and Chris Gendron and Caleb Hamlin scored three goals each. Jerry Pitts and DJ Konfrst had two goals apiece.
The special teams capitalized on their chances with four power-play goals and one shorthanded effort. Forwards Thomas and Lemak and defensemen Cody Longuski, Ian Barnaby and Colin Rolfe each had 2 assists.
Bobby Smith recorded his first shutout of the season.
Next came a 10-1 win over the Grosse Pointe Bulldogs as the Arctic Pond broke it open with seven goals in the second period.
Burgio was solid in goal.
Murtland and Lemak each scored twice and Ryan Shepard had a goal and three assists. Thomas, Pitts, Kolpacke, and Hamlin also scored.
The Penguins then defeated the Kentwood Falcons 5-1 in the championship game as Smith was outstanding in net with 29 saves. Ponte scored two goals and Thomas, Hamlin and Lemak each scored single goals.
The 04-05 Penguins are: Ian Barnaby, Joe Burgio, Chris Gendron, Caleb Hamlin, Alex Kolpacke, DJ Konfrst, Lou Lemak, Cody Longuski, Justin Mongrain, Court Murtland, Jerry Pitts, Jon Ponte, Colin Rolfe, Ryan Shepard, Bobby Smith, Adam Szajner and Tony Thomas.
The Penguins’ coaching staff includes head coach Britt Ponte and his assistants Dino Szajner and Kevin Longuski.
The team is managed by Maria Pitts.