Cougars and Wolverines Advance to CIC Championship

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by John Thompson

We entered Thursday night without a single upset in the Cook Inlet Conference regional hockey tournament.  South remained undefeated, scoring 5 unanswered goals to put down West 5-1.  Most of the state expected a South vs. Dimond CIC tourney title game, but the Service Cougars had something to say about that.  In a rematch of the 2012 First National Cup, Service shocked the hockey world, eliminating number 2 seed Dimond with a 2-0 win.

In the early game, West was first to strike.  Eric Vandervort crashed and burned in from of Wolverine goalie Nathan Wright, but not before putting puck in net.  Jonathon Weston would respond for South with 1 second left in the 1st period, knotting things up for the intermission.  South would tally 3 more times in the 2nd, then Weston would ice the game in the 3rd.  The Cook Inlet Conference regular season champions advanced to Saturday night's title game at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

The unbeaten Wolverines will battle southside rival Service.  The Cougars got a monster night from goalie Dustin Fritz, standing on his head at times, to shutdown and shutout the defending ASAA First National Cup Champion Dimond Lynx.  Fritz stopped all 25 shots he faced, while Kirby Graff and Michael Stephens tallied in the 3rd period to secure a 2-0 Service win over Dimond.  In there previous 3 meetings, Dimond beat Service by an average of 5+ goals.

The CIC Championship game takes palce Saturday night, 6:30 at the Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.