Top adult hockey teams face off in league championship |

Top adult hockey teams face off in league championship

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Dan ThriftFrank Whatford of Meeks battles a pair of American Mortgage defenders in the city adult hockey league finals Wednesday at South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena

The South Shore winter adult hockey league championship game was played Wednesday night at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena, with Meeks winning a tight one over American Mortgage by a score of 6-4.

“It was a close, exciting game all the way through,” said ice arena program director Chris Perry.

Meeks held a two-goal lead with one and a half minutes remaining when American Mortgage cut it to one goal.

“American had a lot of opportunities, but then they pulled their goalie and then with about 20 seconds left Meeks put it away with an empty-net goal to get the free T-shirts.”

The winter league began in September and features about 90 players from the South Lake Tahoe area making up four teams. Meeks was seeded second to American going into the championship, having lost to the previous two regular-season games to the team.

Kerwin Wolfgram, the team’s acting coach, said the team’s goalie and the crowd at the arena both keyed the win for Meeks, which is also sponsored by Steamers.

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“We had a great crowd here tonight and we played well,” Wolfgram said. “We even got a short-handed goal. We had one, maybe two power plays.

“We had a lot of trouble with this team during the season,” he added. “Our one goalie got hurt a few games ago, so we used our backup goalie, Ron Sitton, and he did a great job. He saved a lot of big shots.”

Wolfgram noted that in addition to the league champion T-shirts, the team will also be recognized by future generations of hockey players at the ice arena.

“We had our picture taken here so we’ll get our plaque put upon the wall,” he said.