Wolves open state hockey tourney Thursday as No. 4 seed

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:45

Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.

All three teams on Eagle River’s side of the bracket have already won trophies this postseason. Should the Wolves win Thursday, they’ll face the winner of Thursday’s 5 p.m. game between No. 1 seed South and No. 8 seed Palmer in Friday’s semifinals. The Wolverines earned the top seed by winning the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, while the Moose advanced to the tournament by winning the Division II state title last week.

Eagle River is making its third state tournament appearance in school history and its third in the last four years. The Wolves finished fifth in 2016 and 2017.

The Wolves finished third in the Cook Inlet Conference during the regular season and advanced to state by finishing fourth at the CIC tournament last week.

Other first-round matchups Thursday include No. 2 Dimond vs. No. 7 West at noon and No. 3 Service vs. No. 6 Colony at 2:30 p.m.

For more, visit asaa.org.

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