Service and Eagle River took different paths to victory in the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament Tuesday at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.
Goals were easy to come by in the first game, especially for the third-seeded Service Cougars, who used goals from seven players to roll past sixth-seeded Chugiak 7-4.
Goals were at a premium in the late game, where fourth-seeded Eagle River needed overtime to get past fifth-seeded West 2-1.
Service advances to a Wednesday semifinal against second-seeded South, and Eagle River moves into a Thursday semifinal against top-seeded Dimond.
Gunnar Sackerson’s overtime goal lifted Eagle River, which improved to 7-6.
The game was scoreless until the third period, when Gavin McDonald scored for Eagle River and Marty Tumey scored for West.
West, which finished the season with a 4-8 record, got a 39-save performance from Jasper Carpenter. Olin Kelliher stopped 13 shots for Eagle River.
In the early game, Service got short-handed goals from Thomas Edmondson in the first period and Jonathan Fisher in the second period.
The Cougars led 3-1 after one period on goals from Zackery Parrish, Jaden Hope and Edmondson. Wyatt Hickoff, Morgan Pagels and Fisher added second-period goals for a 6-3 Service lead, and Jack Carter scored in the third period.
Chugiak’s goals came from Blake Francione, Ajay Johnson, Hunter Merrick and Seth Strange.
Service goalie Aidan Efird made 15 saves to help his team improve to 7-5. Daegan Love had 33 saves for the Mustangs, who ended the season with a 4-9 record.
The championship game is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Ben Boeke.
Service 7, Chugiak 4
Eagle River 2, West 1 OT
6:30 p.m. — South vs. Service, Ben Boeke
6:30 p.m. — Dimond vs. Eagle River, Ben Boeke