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Service takes title in four OTs

Posted: Sunday, February 16, 2003

Overtime? Sure, why not. In fact, let's play four.

After playing four overtimes in the tournament opener against Soldotna, and another four extra periods in Friday's semifinal against West Valley, the Dimond High School hockey team finished off the Alaska School Activities Association State 4A Hockey Championships with -- you guessed it -- four overtimes.

This time, though, it was Dimond's cross-town rival Service ending what was announced as the longest state tournament hockey game on record with a golden goal from Erik Felde at 4:55 of the fourth overtime period. The goal allowed Service to defend its title as state champion.

With the Cougars on the power play, Felde was able to jump on a rebound after Dimond goalie John Sitton turned aside several shots coming out of a scrum in front of the Lynx net. Felde was able to lift his shot over the sprawled out Dimond goalie.

The Cougars put the first goal on the board at 10 minutes of the second period when Felde beat Sitton with a hard slap shot from the left boards.

Dimond couldn't capitalize on a golden opportunity to tie the game after Service was whistled for a five-minute major penalty with 2:08 to play in the second period. Dimond's power play stretched into the third period, and the Lynx had a pair of shots on goal before the Cougars were back to even strength.

Dimond didn't tie the game until the closing minutes of regulation, though, when Jack Wolgemuth drilled a slapper from the blue line that found its way through the traffic in front of the net and between Service goalie Drew O'Connell's pads with 2:11 in the period.

In overtime, both teams continued to put shots on goal, but both O'Connell and Sitton came up huge during the extra frames.

East 3, West Valley 0

The Thunderbirds scored three goals in the second period and goalie Mike Rosett stopped 16 shots as East won the third-place game at the ASAA State 4A Hockey Championships Saturday.

Aaron Rhyner got East on the board 2:30 into the second frame, and Tony Luiten made it 2-0 with his power-play tally at 6:12 of the period.

Luiten rounded out the scoring at 7:41 of the period.

West Valley goaltender Erik Largen stopped 30 shots.

THUNDERBIRDS 3, WOLFPACK 0

West Valley 0 0 0 -- 0

East 0 3 0 -- 3

First period -- none. Penalties -- West Valley 1 for 2:00, East 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- 1. East, Rhyner (E. Walsky), 2:30; 2. East, Luiten (Masek, Baldwin), 6:12 (pp); 3. East, Luiten (Constantino, Means), 7:41. Penalties -- West Valley 5 for 10:00, East 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- none. Penalties -- West Valley 1 for 2:00, East 2 for 4:00.

Shots -- West Valley 3-6-7--16; East 13-14-6--33.

Goalies -- West Valley, Largen (33 shots, 30 saves); East, Rosett (16 shots, 16 saves).

COUGARS 2, LYNX 1, 4OT

Service 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 --2

Dimond 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 --1

First period -- none. Penalties -- none.

Second period -- 1. Service, Felde (Hume), 10:00. Penalties -- Dimond 2 for 4:00, Service 2 for 7:00.

Third period -- 2. Dimond, Wolgemuth (Flories, Sorenson), 12:49. Penalties -- Dimond 1 for 2:00, Service 1 for 2:00.

First overtime -- none. Penalties -- none.

Second overtime -- none. Penalties -- Service 1 for 2:00.

Third overtime -- none. Penalties -- none.

Fourth overtime -- 3. Service, Felde (unassisted), 4:55 (pp). Penalties -- Dimond 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal -- Dimond 5-4-4-16--29, Service 4-8-10-19--41.

Goalies -- Dimond, Sitton (41 shots-39 saves); Service, O'Connell (29 shots-28 saves).

Service 2, East 1

The defending-champion Cougars moved into the championship game with the victory.

The game was scoreless until Service sophomore Daniel Siira scored 4:16 into the third period. Just over a minute later, Gavin Bundy scored to push the lead to 2-0.

East paid special attention to East's Aaron Rhyner and Eric Walsky and it worked most of the night. However, Walsky did break through for a goal with 2:46 left to play.

Dimond 1, West Valley 0, 4 OT

One night after topping Soldotna in four overtimes, the Lynx outlasted the Wolfpack to earn a spot in the championship game.

Matt Jolly, who also had the game winner against Soldotna, scored 44 seconds into the fourth overtime for Dimond.

Dimond junior goalie John Sitton had the shutout on 38 shots.

Friday's games

COUGARS 2, THUNDERBIRDS 1

Service 0 0 2 --2

East 0 0 1 --1

First period -- none. Penalties -- Service 1 for 2:00; East 0 for 0:00.

Second period -- none. Penalties -- Service 1 for 2:00; East 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- 1. Service, Siira (Montague), 4:16; 2. Service, Bundy (un.), 5:34; 3. East, E. Walsky (Havrilla), 12:14. Penalties -- none.

Shots on goal -- Service 8-6-9--23; East 9-5-7--21.

Goalies -- Service, O'Connell (21 shots, 20 saves); East, Northcutt (23 shots, 21 saves).

LYNX 1, WOLFPACK 0

Dimond 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 --1

West Valley 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 --0

First period -- none. Penalties -- Dimond 1 for 2:00; West Valley 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- none. Penalties -- Dimond 0 for 0:00; West Valley 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- Dimond 1 for 2:00; West Valley 0 for 0:00. Penalties -- none.

1st overtime -- none. Penalties -- Dimond 1 for 2:00; West Valley 0 for 0:00.

2nd overtime -- none. Penalties -- none.

3rd overtime -- none. Penalties -- Dimond 0 for 0:00; West Valley 1 for 2:00.

4th overtime -- 1. Dimond, Jolly (Krogh), 0:44. Penalties -- none.

Shots on goal -- Dimond 7-8-9-2-1-2-2--31; West Valley 5-7-8-6-9-3-0--38.

Goalies -- Dimond, Sitton (38 shots, 38 saves); West Valley, Largen (31 shots, 30 saves).



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