2019 International Recap
Submitted By: The Broomball Magazine on March 25, 2019 at 12:04:00 PM
In what many long time broomball observers are calling the greatest of the twelve International Tournaments played (dating back to 1985), Kelly Lake out of Apple Valley MN captured the 2019 Elite Division Championship, defeating defending champion Barrie’s Tavern 3-2 in double overtime. The game will go down as one of the top three ever played in this editor’s humble opinion.
It seemed Barrie’s had the repeat in hand, leading 2-1 with just twenty-two seconds remaining, when tournament MVP Pete Sikich unleashed a rocket from a sharp angle to tie it at two. The overtime sessions were nothing short of stunning, as both teams went for it every time they touched the ball!
Chance after incredible chance for both teams left the crowd in awe. The game seemed to be coming to a certain finish, but Tony Sikich with his back turned to the play, blocked a potential game ending drive from Jeff “Red” Basset. Shortly thereafter Jacob Broten set up a stunning counter leading to the game clinching goal for the Laker’s. Wow! If you weren’t in attendance at Augsburg all I can say is go watch the You Tube replay, because you have to see it to believe it.
The Elite Final was far from the only ‘Instant Classic” played in this year’s tourney though. The Intermediate Final between Wolves and C+ was another double OT crowd pleaser, as the Wolves came out victorious over a vastly improved, new look C+ team.
The pool play game between C&L Excavating and Barrie’s (a 5-4 Double OT Barrie’s victory) was nothing short of incredible. The semi-final between Kelly Lake and C&L was outrageous! Double OT once again, as the Kelly Lake combo of Pete and Tony Sikich, Jacob Broten and Cam Courtright never came off the ice the entire 12 minutes of overtime played!
Chiefs v Furious, Flames v C+, Nordic Devils v C+, Watkins v RU, C+ v Watkins (every damn game C+ played was a nail-bitter!) Kelly Lake v Chiefs………………. The list goes on and on with the great games played in this tournament.
Elite Division MVP – Pete Sikich Kelly Lake
Elite Division All-Tournament Team
G – Chris Sikich Kelly Lake
D- Tony Sikich Kelly Lake
D- Cam Courtright Kelly Lake
D- Sebastien Gaudreault – Barrie’s Tavern
D – Reg Robidoux – Barrie’s Tavern
F- Jacob Broten – Kelly Lake
F- Jeff Basset – Barrie’s Tavern
F- Tom Macalus – Barrie’s Tavern
F- Ryan Bender – Barrie’s Tavern
F- John Seitz -MN Chiefs
F- Kevin Purington – C&L Excavating
F- Kurt Nelson – C&L Excavating
International Elite Division Champions
2019 – Kelly Lake, Apple Valley MN
2018 – Barrie’s Tavern, Mpls MN
2017 – C&L Excavating, Albertville MN
2001 – USA Blue, Rosemount MN
1995 – Hansen Sports, Mpls MN
1994 – Hansen Sports, Mpls MN
1992 – Alliance Steel, Mpls MN
1991 – Rockets, Mpls MN
1990 – Rockets, Mpls MN
1989 – Broomhandlers, Thunderbay ON
1987 – Tony Jaro’s – Mpls MN
1985 – Videotron – Montreal QB