This weekend the 2017 Gibson Cup Series will be underway as the Calumet Wolverines and Portage Lake Pioneers battle in a best-of-three series. Game one is Friday in Houghton, game two is Saturday in Calumet and game three, if needed, will be Tuesday in Houghton. In this article, we’ll take a look at the Portage Lake Pioneers.
The Portage Lake Pioneers are the dominant team in the Gibson Cup’s history. The Pioneers have won trophy of 24 times, more times than all other teams combined. That dominance has been incredible as of the last couple decades, with the Houghton-based team winning 16 of the last 19 series. The Pioneers are also back-to-back champions of the Great Lakes Hockey League.
The 2016-17 Pioneers are currently No. 4 in the GLHL with a 13-11-1 record. They are led in scoring by Reid Pietila who has 23 goals and 39 points in 17 games. He heads into the Gibson Cup on an 11-game point streak, including three or more points in five of his last six games. Veteran forwards Charlie Turner and Alex Roy pace the team with 22 assists each.
See the full Portage Lake Pioneers roster at portagelakepioneers.com.