Adult Hockey in the Flathead Valley

2016 Smash n' Bash Hockey Tournament

The Smash n' Bash Tournament is an open-level men's tournament that has been played for more than a decade in Whitefish, Montana. It features the fastest and most competitive adult hockey that is played all year in Whitefish. The winner brings home a travelling cup with every past winner inscribed upon it.

Whitefish Falters, Cup Returns to Calgary

In what proved to be one of the fastest paced, highest level hockey tournaments ever played in the Stumptown Ice Den, Team Whitefish fell one goal short of completing a three peat. They came into the tournament having won it all in 2014 and 2015, and had not lost a game in that stretch.

Whitefish played into the tournament finals with a win on Saturday night in front of a packed crowd of WAHA supporters. They faced a team called the Calgary 87's that had been hyped for three months since their organizer started sending news of their makeup. The tournament stacked up perfectly for a win-and-you're-in scenario, and the game was noted as one of the best and fastest ever played in the Arena. Whitefish won and punched their ticket.

Unbenounced to them however, another Calgary team was ripping up the other division. The Pirates had won 6-2 over Fernie, 6-1 over the Bozeman Lumberjacks, and then dismantled the Missoula Cutthroats 4-0 late Saturday night. The Pirates also featured one familiar face on their team. Two time Smash and Bash champion Barrett McDonald is friends with the team captain and was playing with them.

Whitefish and the Pirates dropped the puck at 11:30am on Sunday for the final match. Calgary scored first, and second, and third, but Whitefish pressed on. Whitefish got on the board at the end of the 1st half with an Alex Lundbohm snipe. Calgary scored again early in the second half, and Whitefish answered a little while later with a Neal Buffington goal. Under 5 minutes to go the Pirates took a roughing penalty and on the resulting power play Brett Fernandez buried one. The magic appeared to have returned to the building, but the clock ran out in the end. Whitefish played the last 2 minutes with the goalie pulled, but hitting a post was the closest they would come to tieing it up.

So in the end Barrett McDonald became the only local player to post his name on the cup in three consecutive years. The Pirates did what Pirates do, they plunder and take riches home with them. In this case their four wins earned them the most coveted hockey trophy in Whitefish.

The win marks the first time a Canadian team has won since 2011. Team Whitefish under the guidance of Bobby Purvis (aka Reggie Dunlop) has gone 10-1-1 over the past three years. Nothing to be ashamed of there.

Photo Gallery

Check out the 2016 Team Whitefish Roster

Check out the 2015 Results

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Schedule & Results

Game Start Time Home Visitors Result
Friday February 5, 2016
1 3:30 p.m. Pirates Fernie Blasters Pirates 6-2
2 4:45 p.m. Blackhawks Express Express 9-1
3 6:00 p.m. Cutthroats Blazers Cutthroats 4-2
4 7:15 p.m. Titans Calgary 87’s Tie 5-5
5 8:30 p.m. Whitefish Barry’s Brigade Whitefish 4-1
6 9:45 p.m. Lumberjacks Black Gold Militia Lumberjacks 6-5
Saturday February 6, 2016
7 8:00 a.m. Blazers Fernie Blasters Blazers 7-3
8 9:15 a.m. Blackhawks Whitefish Whitefish 5-2
9 10:30 a.m. Express Titans Titans 4-3
10 11:45 a.m. Pirates Lumberjacks Pirates 6-1
11 1:00 p.m. Calgary 87’s Barry’s Brigade 87's 9-1
12 2:15 p.m. Black Gold Militia Cutthroats BGM 6-4
13 4:00 p.m. Blackhawks Titans Titans 7-1
14 5:15 p.m. Lumberjacks Fernie Blasters Blasters 10-6
15 6:30 p.m. Blazers Black Gold Militia Blazers 13-6
16 7:45 p.m. Whitefish Calgary 87’s Whitefish 3-0
17 9:00 p.m. Barry’s Brigade Express Express 7-4
18 10:15 p.m. Cutthroats Pirates Pirates 4-0
Sunday February 7, 2016
Consolation Game
19 10:00 a.m. Blazers Titans Blazers No show
Championship Game
20 11:30 a.m. Whitefish Pirates Pirates 4-3

Pool A

Pool B

Tournament scoring awards 6 points for a win, 3 points for a tie, plus 1 point for each goal scored, up to 5 goals, and 2 points for a shutout. Maxium score for a given game is 13 points (6 for win, 5 for goals, 2 for shutout). Top four teams play in the consolation or championship game.

2016 Whitefish Team Roster

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