McHugh tourney crowns new champion

The winning team in Sunday’s McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament, from left, are Nick Leuthauser, Luke Tobin, Mathieu Castonguay, Jeff Nemec and Jamie McKenna. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Jeff Nemec of Lake Placid drives toward the net while drawing in a trio three McHugh defenders, from left, brothers Brennen, Patrick and Ryan. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

BLOOMINGDALE — An eight-year tradition and counting.

On Sunday, the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department hosted the Casey McHugh Pond Hockey Tournament for the eighth season as part of Winter Carnival, and for the first time, the championship game went into overtime.

Not only did the title tilt last an extra three minutes, but the winning team wasn’t made up members from the McHugh family, who normally come out victorious in the tournament named after their late brother Casey. Instead, a group of skaters representing Lake Placid Youth Hockey took the first-place trophy, and toppled the McHugh’s CSM team 12-11 in what was arguably the most exciting and closely-contested championship final in the history of the event.

Action took place on three rinks behind the fire hall in the tournament, which is an annual fundraiser for the Casey McHugh Scholarship. In following tradition, members of the runner-up CSM all donned No. 22 on their hockey sweaters, which was the same number Casey wore while playing for Saranac Lake High School.

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