Jordan Clevenger cashed in on a Hunter Garris rebound with less than two minutes remaining Saturday night to lift two-time defending state boys hockey champion Dimond to a 4-3 victory over South that earned the Lynx the Cook Inlet Conference tournament title at Ben Boeke Arena.
The victory also earned the Lynx the conference's top seed in the upcoming state tournament in Wasilla. South will be the conference's second seed, Chugiak its third and West its fourth.
South and Dimond tied for the regular-season championship and split their two regular-season meetings.
South's Trevor Geerin forged a 3-3 tie with less than three minutes to play before Clevenger turned hero in a back-and-forth game that delivered 72 combined shots on goal, a high tally for two quality teams playing 45 minutes of regulation hockey.
South opened the scoring 96 seconds in, when Nick Stumbaugh scored off a Bryson Schmitz helper.
Tyler Briley and teammate Aidan Teilborg, Dimond's leading scorer, scored one minute apart late in the second period to give the Lynx a 2-1 edge. Drake Glover's goal five minutes into the third period staked the Lynx to a 3-1 cushion.
Yet South countered with third-period strike from Jared Cruz -- Geerin assisted -- and then Geerin's game-tying goal.
Dimond goaltender Ashton Good stopped 28 shots and Wolverines netminder Kevin Lake made 37 saves.
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