MARINETTE — The so-called Thunder Dome went out with a figurative bang at this weekend’s eighth annual Lyle McDonald Memorial Hockey Tournament.
Six teams competed in the three-day tourney, named in honor of the late Lyle “Chummy” McDonald, a longtime M&M Youth Hockey Association supporter and coach. The event annually raises funds for a Michigan Tech Summer Hockey Camp Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient is Brayden Rounds.
Marinette’s plans for a Recreation Community Sports & Events Center will replace the Thunder dome.
The Zebras beat the Machinists 4-3 in Sunday’s title game. Robbie Christiansen scored the game-winning goal.
The Dekes of Hazard placed third.
In Saturday night’s alumni game, the Young Bucks defeated the Old Geezers 9-7, despite Alex McDonald’s hat trick.
“I can’t remember the last time I got one,” McDonald said.
Kenan Pulver and Anton Brix each scored twice for the Young Bucks. Colin Hass had a goal and an assist. Dylan Perry, Lucas Pedersen and Derek Reiswitz also scored goals.
Brandon Pullen had a goal for the Old Geezers.
Scott Eldredge swallowed his goal-scoring pride to play goalie for the Young Bucks. Pat Aftanas played in the nets for the Geezers.