Geckos Glaciers Blue claim Kimchi Pot title
ANYANG, South Korea — Once again, John Sullivan played hero as the Geckos Glaciers Blue team regained the championship in the 3rd Kimchi Pot ice hockey tournament at the Anyang Sports Complex.
Sullivan, a civilian architect at Yongsan Garrison, made 23 saves and backstopped Glaciers Blue to a 4-2 victory over the Korean All-Stars in Saturday’s championship. Glaciers Blue has won the title twice in the tournament’s three-year history.
“He was solid,” teammate Paul Novak said. “The Koreans peppered him with shots. It was an exciting game.”
Sullivan was in net for each of Glaciers Blue’s six victories, allowing just nine goals for a 1.50 goals-against average.
Earlier Saturday, Sullivan stopped 22 shots, only allowing a pair of tallies by Chris Cummings, a Seoul American High School student, in Glaciers Blue’s 5-2 victory in the semifinal. The Korean All-Stars upset the pre-tournament favorite Tokyo Canadians 7-3 in the other semifinal.
Cummings recorded an assist in a losing cause as the Canadians rebounded to trounce the Chiefs 5-2 in the third-place game.
The three-day tournament pitted eight teams from three countries — Korea, Japan and China — and also helped raise more than $2,200 for the Korean branch of Habitat for Humanity, organizers said.