The Port McNeill Mustangs men's hockey team gathers on the ice during its run to its divisional championship in the annual CARHA Pacific Cup tournament in Victoria last weekend.

The Port McNeill Mustangs men's hockey team gathers on the ice during its run to its divisional championship in the annual CARHA Pacific Cup tournament in Victoria last weekend.

Mustangs gallop to Pacific Cup title

North Island men's hockey team rolls unbeaten to 35-over divisional championship in Victoria

The Port McNeill Mustangs cruised to the 2015 CARHA Hockey Pacific Cup title in their division Jan. 18 in Victoria.

The Mustangs claimed the 35-over CARHA division championship with an 11-1 romp over the Victoria Eagles in the title game to finish unbeaten in the tourney.

“An outstanding weekend of hockey,” said Marty Gage. “These old North Island boys still got game.”

The Mustangs opened pool play with a 7-1 win over the Eagles. The highlight was a 6-3 win over the Victoria Bay Leafs, who “have had our number the last two years,” said Gage.

Goalie Aaron Hinton was named game MVP in the championship final.

Hinton, of Port McNeill, and Gage, of Port Hardy, were joined on the squad by fellow North Islanders John Murgatroyd, John Prachnau, Reed Allen, Glenn Moore, Al Rushton, Joe Murgatroyd and Chris Dutcyvich of Port McNeill; Dave Stewart of Port Alice; and former Port McNeill resident Chris Forsberg.

The 2015 Pacific Cup featured competition in 22 men’s and women’s divisions ranging from 19-over to 50-over old-timers. The 38th annual tourney, one of North America’s largest adult recreational tourneys, drew nearly 140 teams from across Canada and the U.S.