High School Sports

No OT needed this time: Eagle River cruises to 3rd place in CIC hockey tournament

After working overtime in their two previous tournament games, the Eagle River Wolves took care of business Friday by coasting to victory in the third-place game at the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament.

Tay Kurpius supplied two goals and an assist to lift the Wolves to a 5-0 shutout of the Service Cougars at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

Eagle River finished the season with an 8-7 record; Service finished 7-7.

The championship will be decided Saturday at Ben Boeke with a 6:30 p.m. meeting between longtime rivals Dimond and South.

Dimond advanced by holding off Eagle River 3-2 in double overtime on Thursday. Two days earlier, Eagle River edged West 2-1 in overtime.

The Wolves were never threatened Friday. They led 2-0 after the first period on goals from Illka Saarinen and James Jacob and upped their lead to 4-0 with second-period goals from Kurpius and Jacob Whetsell. Kurpius scored his second goal in the third period.

Eagle River goalie Olin Kelliher had 28 saves for the shutout, Aidan Efird stopped 19 shots for the Cougars.