Brandon Rustad scored the game-winning goal about 31/2 minutes into overtime to power Hutchison past Houston 4-3 in the championship game of the Greatland state hockey tournament Saturday at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla.
The championship was the second in three years for the Fairbanks school. Both titles were earned in overtime games.
The game-winning goal completed a hat trick for Rustad. Steven Messer scored the Hawks' other goal.
Houston, which finished second for the second straight year, got goals from three players -- Sam Fonov, Patrick Thistle and Jonathan Lovelace.
In the third-place game, Craig Hennager scored twice to lead Delta Junction past Monroe 5-3 win.
Third place in the First National Cup state tournament went to Wasilla, a 4-1 winner over Chugiak. Tanner Schachle's two goals sparked the Warriors, who also got goals from Andrew Cooley and Forest Strick. Kalen Campbell provided Chugiak's lone goal.
Fourth place went to Dimond, a 5-0 winner over Soldotna. Josh Larson, Chance Peters, Tyler Dunn, Tyler Briley and Aidan Teilborg scored for the Lynx.
South and West met in Saturday's late championship game.
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