The Under-16 Ice Hawks scored another win on day two of the Tier II National Championships in Troy, Mich., this time edging the Utah Jr. Grizzlies 6-5 in overtime.
The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association team received a hat trick from Jake Eubank, and it was Eubank scoring the game winner in the five-minute overtime period.
The win gives the Ice Hawks the lead in their four-team pool with five points. The Grizzlies rank second with four points, the Huntsville Chargers (Ala.) sit third with three points and the Howard Huskies (Md.) have no points.
In the round-robin style format, the top two teams from each of the four groups qualify for the next round.
Trevor Wagoner and Tommy Bowe netted goals in the first period to give the Ice Hawks a 2-1 lead, and with 4 minutes, 19 seconds, left in the second period, the lead had expanded to 4-1 after goals from Dalton Dosko and Eubank.
Eubank notched his second goal midway through the third period that left Kenai with a 5-2 lead, but Utah began to chip away at it with three goals in the final 7:02. Utah’s Andrew Pyper had the game-tying goal with 1:26 to go.
However, the Ice Hawks managed to avoid a shootout when Eubank converted a shot in the extra period.
“I told them, ‘When you guys took the ice, you didn’t seem nervous,’” said Ice Hawks assistant coach Michael Tilly. “It’s like they’re in Anchorage for just another tournament. They’re keeping their emotions in check and they know there is still more to be done.”
Tilly also mentioned that he and the team appreciates the hometown support.
Wagoner, who had a goal and three assists Thursday, currently leads the entire tournament in points scored with six (two goals, four assists), and Eubank is in a three-way tie for second with five (four goals, one assist).
The squad will finish off pool play on Friday with an 11:15 a.m. (7:15 a.m. ADT) matchup with the Huntsville Chargers.
Ice Hawks 6, Grizzlies 5, OT
Kenai 2 2 1 1 —6
Utah 1 1 3 0 —5
1st period — 1. KPHA, Wagoner (Tilly Jr.), 3:14; 2. Utah, Sederman (Radovan), 9:47; 3. KPHA, Bowe (Wagoner, Eubank), 10:42.
2nd period — 4. KPHA, Dosko (Johnson), 11:26; 5. KPHA, Eubank (Wagoner), 15:41; 6. Utah, Fox (Stoyle), 19:21.
3rd period — 7. KPHA, Eubank (Wagoner), 10:48; 8. Utah, Hutchison (Miles), 12:58; 9. Utah, Radovan (Salmon), 16:48; 10. Utah, Pyper (unassisted), 18:34.
Overtime — 11. KPHA, Eubank (unassisted).
Goalies — KPHA, O’Lena (16 shots, 11 saves); Utah, Zodda (24 shots, 19 saves), Murphy (4 shots, 3 saves).