Ben Boeke Arena is the place to be Saturday for high school hockey fans.
At 6:30 p.m., West and Dimond will meet for the Cook Inlet Conference championship.
At 2:15 p.m., the South/Bartlett girls team will go for a second straight state championship -- and three people will get a chance to win a new car.
A Kia Soul, courtesy of Lithia Kia of Anchorage, is the prize in a shoot-the-puck contest that will happen during an intermission in the girls game. Raffle tickets will be sold for $10, and three tickets will be drawn to give three people a chance to shoot the puck from the red line into a small opening in a board placed in front of the net.
The girls title game is a rematch of last year’s, when South/Bartlett defeated Dimond/West 3-1.
The Division I state tournament is next week in Wasilla, and five of the CIC’s eight teams earned berths during this week’s conference tournament.
The last berth was decided in Friday’s fifth-place game at the McDonald Center, where Service prevailed 4-3 over Chugiak.
Service’s Jack Carter scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period, 36 seconds after Chugiak had knotted the score 3-3 on Tyler Huffer’s second goal of the game.
Five the game’s seven goals came in the third period, with Serving getting three and Chugiak getting two.
Brent Edmondson scored twice and assisted on the game-winner for the Cougars, who also got a goal from Ian Bare and a combined 28 saves from two goalies, including 23 from Mason Brooks in the second and third periods.
Chugiak got a third-period goal from Barret Pelant and 15 saves from Rachel Summes.
In Friday’s third-place game at Ben Boeke, South rode a pair of first-period goals past Eagle River 2-1.
Ryan Gray turned in a 40-save performance for the Wolves, but it wasn’t enough to stop South. Goals from Hayden Fox and Lucas Wilcox gave the Wolverines a 2-0 lead in the first period and Eagle River wasn’t able to recover.
Eagle River’s Tay Kurpius made it 2-1 with a goal in the second period, and South goalie Hannah Hogenson stopped Eagle River’s other 10 shots on goal.
West, Dimond, South, Eagle River and Service will represent the CIC at the eight-team Division I state tournament that begins Thursday at the Menard Center.