Glennallen, Delta Junction to vie for state title

WASILLA -- Sophomore Ryan Crow's hat trick paced the Glennallen Panthers in a 4-2 win over Kenny Lake on Friday in the semifinals of the Greatland Conference tournament at Menard Memorial Arena.

The Panthers advance to Saturday's championship game of the tournament, which doubles as the small school state championship.

Tied 2-2 after two periods, Glennallen came on strong in the final 15 minutes, getting goals from Dillon Sondergaard and Crow.

Kenny Lake took a 1-0 lead 4:35 into the game on Garrett Rosenkrans' snap shot from the left circle.

Crow evened it 1:22 later, cleaning up a rebound to the right of Hawks goalie David Helkenn, who made 37 saves. Crow put Glennallen ahead a little less than five minutes after that, converting an offensive zone turnover into a goal.

Hawks captain Chris VanWyhe tied it midway through the second, but Kenny Lake didn't have the legs to skate with the Panthers in the third.

Delta Junction 5, Tri-Valley 3

Zack Erickson led the way with a pair of goals and an assist as the Huskies advanced to the state championship game against Glennallen.

Alan Waldo got things started with a goal for Delta Junction just 51 seconds into the game.

That was it for the opening period. Tri-Valley's Kaz Cizmowski tied it on the power play at 5:26 of the second, but Junior Joe gave the Huskies the lead for good less than two minutes later.

Erickson's first goal -- a power-play marker with 33 seconds left in the second -- proved to be the game-winner.

Early in the third, Bering Halloran got the Warriors to within 302, but Caleb Brown and Erickson closed the deal with a pair of goals for Delta Junction.


Daily News staff