Bjork & Zhulkie/Togo’s earns state Midget BB crown

The Bjork & Zhulkie/Togo’s team representing the Iron Range Hockey Association won the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association state title in the 18-under Midget BB division at the tournament held at the Negaunee Ice Arena from March 9-11. The B&Z/Togo’s team outscored its opponents 26-2 in three pool play games, then went on to dispatch St. Ignace 5-1 in the semifinals and the Detroit-area Michigan Ice Hawks 4-3 in the championship when Eric Hurst scored the game-winner in the third period. Due to a number of injuries earlier in the season, B&Z/Togo’s was a below-.500 team that dispatched the two-loss Ice Hawks in the state finals. Posing with their individual trophies and medals, the team trophy and team championship banner are, front row from left, Travis Fenton, Braydon Oglesby, Wyatt Tull, Shane Ring, Eric Hurst, Neal Violetta, Jake Johnson and Jack Eyler. Middle row from left, Avery Hopper, Tyler Blight, Michael Verlinden, Ryan Pond, Trevor Fenton and James Eiseman. Top row from left, assistant coaches Dan Johnson and Greg Pond, Hayden Tadgerson, Nick Young, head coach Dale Hopper and assistant coach Jim Tadgerson. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

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