Rats scratch their way to Gibson Memorial Hockey League title

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The Wharf Rats hockey team, back row from left: Bob Jackson, Joe Merry, Brandon Willet, Mike Snowden, Shea Hill, Nick Johnson, Jack McGroarty, Mick Vakota. Front row, from left, Derek Avakian, Michael Trance, Kraig Mundt, Will Coogan as the rat, and Packy Coogan. — Courtesy Greg and Sharon Coogan

The Wharf Rats swept the Sharks in a best-of-three showdown to claim the 2018 John Gibson Memorial Hockey League championship.

After narrowly surviving a semifinal battle with the Pirates, the Rats dispatched the Sharks in the finals with two convincing wins. A strong offense, solid defense, and stellar goaltending carried the Rats to victory. To the delight of their fans, the winners took a turn around the rink holding the well-earned trophy aloft. It was a fitting end to a great season.