The top-seeded West Eagles are part of the early show Thursday at the Division I high school hockey state tournament in Wasilla.
The Eagles, who captured the Cook Inlet Conference championship on Saturday night, will face the Service Cougars in the noon game at the Menard Center.
Defending state champion South will meet Homer at 2:30 p.m., Dimond and Colony will play at 5 p.m. and Eagle River will take on Wasilla at 7:30 p.m.
Homer is in the tournament thanks to its victory Saturday in the Division II state tournament in Fairbanks. The Division II champ is extended an invitation to play in the Division I tournament -- which showcases the state’s biggest schools -- and the Mariners accepted the offer.
Five of the tournament’s eight teams come from the eight-team CIC. Two others come from the four-team North Star Conference, which consists of Wasilla, Colony, Lathrop and West Valley.
West, the winner of the CIC’s regular-season championship and the CIC tournament championship, is on the opposite side of the bracket than second-seeded Dimond and third-seeded South. If Dimond and South both win first-round games, they would meet in a Friday semifinal game.
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Noon -- West vs. Service
2:30 p.m. -- South vs. Homer
5 p.m. -- Dimond vs. Colony
7:30 p.m. -- Eagle River vs. Wasilla