Students Steal Our Cup
by Dennis Walikainen '92, '09, senior editor
In an upset of epic proportions, Black Ice, a (stacked) team of current students, won (stole) the Alumni (our) Cup in the second annual Alumni Broomball Tournament before a crowd of more than 400 in the MacInnes Ice Arena Saturday night.
Being good sports, the alumni team, the Moo Crew, was not going to consider legal action, allowing the students to keep their "prize."
An incredible turnout, both in teams and fan support, witnessed a great, new tradition in the Young Alumni Homecoming. The Black Ice team scored with less than a minute remaining in overtime, to win the trophy 1-0.
Aaron Knopp, ChE major scored the winning goal, knocking it in over goalie Riley Fair (also a ChE) after a beautiful pass. Fair played an outstanding game.
Sixteen student teams had played to get to this point, as did four alumni squads. Black Ice had to win four games to get here, and student team names included Victorious Secret, Brute Force and Ignorance, and Redikulus.
"Hard defense, a strong O and playing our positions" were the keys to success for Black Ice, according to Brandon Miller, a second-year ME from Shelby Township.
The Moo Crew had advanced by defeating last year's champs, D-Gel Dynasty 3-0, Friday night.
The Moo Crew team, whose roster was filled out by a couple of current students, played extremely well in the hard-fought match, just barely missing a couple of chances to get the puck past the Black Ice goalie, third-year EE Keith Lowery from St. Paul, who was outstanding.
Kevin Demeny '09 was up from Milwaukee for the chance to slide on the hallowed ice and maintain the Alumni Cup for the Moo Crew.
"Six years," he said, when asked about his broomball experience as an undergrad, and he didn't look too winded after all the running, sliding, diving and falling.
The entire game was showcased nicely, with spotlights hitting the players as they were introduced on the red carpet to various rock songs. Chants of "sieve" greeted both goaltenders. The main hockey scoreboard and horn were used, as was the ore boat whistle for the winning goal.
Brent Burns '05 was the master of ceremonies and gave credit to AJ Donati from the IRHC Broomball group for organizing all the games. Burns played for the Alumni Association team that lost in OT, 1-0 Friday night.
In the championship game, a couple of intense scrambles in front of the Black Ice goalie resulted in no goals, before similar intensity at the Moo Crew end. The crowd was knowledgeable and boisterous, shouting out instructions and a little trash.
The game was clean, with only one penalty, and not much checking.
Plans are already underway for the alumni to return the cup to its rightful owners, themselves, at Homecoming 2011.
"But we know the students are really going to come gunning for us now," said Alumni Association President Mark Mitchell '77.
And the best news, according to Burns, is that the student side of the bracket will be moving to the alumni side, soon. Revenge will be sweet, indeed.