The Calumet Wolverines had lost nine straight Gibson Cup series, but that was all wiped from the team’s memory as they raised the Gibson Cup on April 6, 2018 after defeating the Portage Lake Pioneers 7-2 in game 3 of the series.
“When we were playing well this season some of the boys were saying it was our year,” Wolverines Captain Jeff Erkkila told The Daily Mining Gazette. “It feels incredible.”
Erkkila scored a hat trick in the contest as the Wolverines took him the Cup for the first time since 2007. It was another amazing experience for those who attended as captured by the paper in their game 3 recap:
The Dee was packed to the brim with fans, some with steaming cups of coffee in their hands, others with ice cold beer. Whatever their beverage of choice, the spectators all saw the same thing on the ice: A dominating performance by Calumet.
After allowing Portage Lake to tie up the series, the Wolverines reset their minds with a few high-quality practices and claimed the Cup in convincing fashion.