West Allis - Once again, the West Allis Flyers came home with the gold.
For the third straight season - and the fourth in the last five - the Flyers won the Wisconsin Adult Hockey Association state championship.
The Flyers tipped the Waukesha Goaldiggers, 5-4, in the championship game of the two-day no-check tournament on April 21-22 at Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.
That victory followed a 10-4 decision over McGillicuddy's in the semifinals and a 9-1 romp over the Flying Wombats in the first round.
"This feels awesome," said Brendan Doud, who tied for the team scoring lead in the tournament with seven points. "We are so pumped up about this. We're another year older and we win again. We just want to keep it going."
In the title game against the Goaldiggers, West Allis built a 5-2 lead, then held off a fierce comeback to lock up the crown.
Doud scored a pair of goals in the final, while JJ Koehler tallied what proved to be the game-winner and Brad Tierney and Tom Rouleau each added one tally.
Goaltender Derek Waldvogel came up with 25 saves to keep the Goaldiggers at bay.
The Flyers had a balanced attack during the tournament. Koehler and Doud both finished with seven points on three goals and four assists, while Adam Freeman collected six points on six goals.
Tierney and Mike Pao totaled four points apiece on two goals and two assists, while Rouleau and Joe Borsh added three points on three goals apiece. All together, 14 players tallied at least one point for the Flyers.
Waldvogel was solid in the net throughout, finishing the tournament with 63 saves. He faced 72 shots and allowed nine goals for a save percentage of .875.
The Flyers' players range between 21 and 40 years old, and many of them have been with the team for the past couple of years.
Doud, Rouleau and Scott Swanson all hail from West Allis, and many of the others are from southeast Wisconsin. Some players are from other parts of the state, but Pao calls Washington, D.C., home and Tierney comes from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Once a year, though, they all come together, and they certainly work well as a team on the ice.
"This is a great event," Doud said, "and even better, since we keep winning it."
Doud added that the team was honored last week on an outdoor sign in front of the Spirit of 76th Veterinary Clinic at 76th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
To the victors go the spoils.
The West Allis Flyers claimed their third straight championship in the Wisconsin Adult Hockey Association state tournament on April 21-22 at Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.
Brendan Doud, West Allis
Tom Rouleau, West Allis
Scott Swanson, West Allis
Joe Borsh, Brookfield
Adam Freeman, Wauwatosa
Leif Berquist, Milwaukee
Darren Kowalke, Milwaukee
Ryan Peterson, Milwaukee
Matt Medvecz, Kenosha
Scott Holtz, West Bend
Rob May, Delafield
Troy Semandel, Genesee Depot
Tony Koehler, Whitewater
JJ Koehler, Colgate
Nick Janaska, Fond du Lac
Derek Waldvogel, Antigo
Mike Pao, Washington, D.C.
Brad Tierney, Edmonton, Alberta
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