Team Mullen. Team Murphy. Team Trottier. Team LeClair. The four teams that were left standing heading into the 3ICE’s championship weekend in Las Vegas. The four teams that were playing for the Patrick Cup and a BIG cash prize.
After four games, the Patty Cup Champions would be determined …
Team Mullen broke the ice in the first semi-final game over Team Murphy. Limiting goals against was a strong suit of Team Mullen throughout the regular season and that was the case again on Saturday. After 16 minutes of play and a hat trick from Kevin Fitzgerald, Team Mullen took the first win 5-1 to secure their spot in the finals.
Next up was Team Trottier vs. Team LeClair. Sean Dhooghe of Team Trottier was awarded a penalty shot late in the first period and at 0-0, Dhooghe gave Team Trottier a 1-0 lead on his successful penalty shot attempt. The scoring kept coming and it was all Team Trottier, who took the second semi-final 4-0 over Team LeClair to meet Team Mullen in the championship game.
Before the highly anticipated final game, Team LeClair and Team Murphy battled for a shot at third place. Heading into the second half, Team LeClair had a 3-2 advantage over Team Murphy. After one goal from Team Murphy in the second half to tie the game at 3-3, a shootout was needed to determine the winner of third place and the victory went to Team Murphy, 3ICE’s third-place team of the 2022 season.
Team Mullen and Team Trottier met in the final and championship game of 3ICE’s inaugural season. This was a familiar scenario for the two teams who met twice in the regular season weekly title games. In those two games, each team found themselves a win so the game at hand would not only be the tiebreaker but would also crown the Patty Cup champions.
From the minute the puck dropped, Team Trottier gave it their all. Chad Costello struck first for Team Trottier, who went up 2-0 after the first eight minutes of play. They were just another eight minutes away from hoisting the Patty Cup. Team Mullen was battling their way back into the game in search of a lead, but goaltender Patrick Milner of Team Trottier stood tall in net to stop that from happening. An all-around team contribution rewarded Team Trottier with the 4-3 over Team Mullen and the title of Patty Cup Champions.
“Before Saturday it was an incredible whole season, but this final one was the pinnacle of the season,” Jake Newton of Team Trottier said. “It's such an honor to play in this league and to represent the league.”