The Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association Ice Hawks won the Pee Wee Tier IV Alaska State Tournament in Fairbanks from March 16 through March 19.
On March 16, KPHA started the tournament with a 5-1 victory over Anchorage Hockey Association Harvey, starting the game down 1-0 but then rallying for five unanswered goals. Later that day, KPHA goalie Scott Habermann had a shutout in a 10-0 victory over Wasilla.
On March 17, KPHA kept on rolling with a 3-0 victory over Fairbanks Amateur Hockey Association. KPHA went up 1-0 in the game, then the FAHA goalie came out to the blue line on the ensuing puck drop. KPHA’s KC Hordemann took advantage of the mistake to give KPHA a 2-0 lead.
On March 18, KPHA pulled off a 4-1 victory over Mustang Hockey Association. This gave the team an undefeated record in pool play and the first seed in the semifinal contest.
On March 19, KPHA advanced to the championship game with a 4-1 victory over Palmer Hockey Association. During the regular season, the teams met seven times, splitting four games and tying three others. At the Anchorage Boys and Girls Club Presidents Day Tournament in February, KPHA topped Palmer in round-robin play but lost to Palmer in the championship game.
KPHA then defeated Anchorage Hockey Association Duff 3-0 in the championship game. Anchorage also was undefeated in the tournament coming into the game, but again KPHA’s defense was up to the task.
Habermann was a key part of that defense, posting 90 saves on 93 shots for the tournament.
Russell Dukowitz (five goals, four assists) and Shane Miller (six goals, three assists) led the team with nine points each. Also for KPHA, Michael Erickson (five goals, three assists) and Hordemann (six goals, two assists) had eight points and Colin Morse (three goals, four assists) had seven points.
Others with points for KPHA were Jason Hall and Ariana Gabriel with three, Kyle Olson, Connor Schoessler and Caleb Alkire with two and Anders Pokryfki and Makala Chivers had one point. Other team members were Jonathon Granger, Daniel McElroy and Lee Kempf.
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