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State hockey tournament will begin with rematch of last year’s championship game

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 5, 2019
  • Published February 5, 2019

Dimond and South scramble for the puck during the CIC boys hockey championship game Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Ben Boeke. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The first game of the Division I state hockey tournament will be a replay of last year’s state championship game.

Dimond and West will meet at noon Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla, where a state champion will be crowned Saturday.

Dimond captured last year’s title by beating West 4-2. Dimond is the second-seeded team in the eight-team tournament and West is seeded seventh.

The South Wolverines, who beat Dimond 3-0 in the CIC title game, are the top seeds in the tournament. They’ll take on Palmer, the surprise winner of last week’s Division II state tournament, at 5 p.m.

The Moose pulled off back-to-back overtime upsets — 4-3 over Soldotna in the semifinals and 6-5 over Homer in the championship — to earn a bid in the Division I tournament.

The rest of the field is made up of Division I teams — five from the Cook Inlet Conference and two from the Mid-Alaska conference.

The tournament wraps up Saturday with a 5 p.m. championship game.

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Thursday’s games

Noon — No. 2 Dimond vs. No. 7 West

2:30 p.m. — No. 3 Service vs. No. 6 Colony

5 p.m. — No. 1 South vs. No. 8 Palmer

7:30 p.m. — No. 4 Eagle River vs. No. 5 Wasilla