South blanks Dimond to spice up CIC hockey

sports@adn.comJanuary 30, 2014 

The South Wolverines put themselves in position to win the Cook Inlet Conference regular-season hockey championship Thursday by shutting down powerful Dimond 3-0 at Ben Boeke Arena.

Kevin Lake stopped 25 shots for the shutout and Cayden Cahill assisted on all three goals for South.

The win gives the Wolverines a 12-1 conference record with one game remaining. Dimond is 12-2 with no games remaining. Both have earned 24 points.

That means South can clinch the regular-season crown with a win or a tie Saturday against Service, which is fourth in the league with a 6-7 record. A South loss would force a tiebreaker between South and Dimond to determine the top seed for the CIC tournament, which begins Monday.

Thursday's game was a rematch of last season's state championship game, won by Dimond 7-3.

Croix Evingson scored on the power play to give South a 1-0 lead after one period. The Wolverines made it 3-0 with second-period goals from Tyler Breitenstein and Tanner Dragomir, whose goals came in a span of 1 minute, 51 seconds.

Ashton Good made 28 saves for Dimond, the two-time defending state champs.

The loss was the second straight for the Lynx, who won their first 12 CIC games and had their eyes on running the table. West ruined those plans Tuesday by beating Dimond 3-2.

For South, the victory avenged a 3-1 loss to the Lynx in mid-December.

 

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