With daylight dwindling under darkening, overcast skies, Nikiski fought its way to a third-straight small-schools championship berth by beating Greatland Conference rival Eielson 38-20 on Friday at Nikiski.
After the Corpus Christi (Texas) IceRays and the Kenai River Brown Bears avoided the big mistake for three periods of regulation and overtime Friday, the Bears finally slipped up — just a little — in the third round of the shootout.
And it won them the game.
Sebastian Fuchs scored the lone goal ...
Nikiski started Thursday night going shot for shot with the Palmer volleyball team, but ultimately dropped a 3-1 match to the Moose, losing with game scores of 26-24, 17-25, 25-8 and 25-13 in a nonconference meeting.