Wolves fall at state hockey tournament, still equal best finish in program history

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 20:12

Eagle River settled for its third fifth-place finish in four seasons at the Alaska First National Cup Division I State Hockey Tournament Saturday with a 6-0 loss to Dimond in the tournament’s third-place game at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

Brendan Whetsell made 17 saves on 23 shots for the Wolves, who also finished fifth in their only other state tournament trips in 2016 and 2017.

Dimond scored twice on the power play in a penalty filled contest that saw the Wolves whistled for 11 infractions and the Lynx sent to the box nine times.

The Wolves advanced to the semifinals with a 5-4 win Thursday over Wasilla, then fell 8-0 to eventual tournament champion South on Friday. The Wolverines knocked off Service 6-3 in Saturday’s state championship game.

Following the tournament, Eagle River defenseman Logan Dudinsky was named to the 10-member All-Tournament team. Dudinsky had a hat trick in the tournament opener to propel the Wolves into the semis.

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