Greatland Championship Decided In Sudden Death
The South Wolverines captured their sixth state hockey championship in school history on Saturday, downing West, 4-1 for the ASAA 4A crown in Wasilla. The Wolverines scored four unanswered goals after the Eagles struck first, 1:17 into regulation.
Bryson Schmitz got South on the board late in the first, and then Daniel Widmar fed Cayden Cahill for the go-ahead tally in the second period. Trevor Geerin and Brandon Jester also tallied for South. The Wolverines, regular season champions of the Cook Inlet Conference, win their second state title in the last four seasons, denying West its second since 2010.
In the Greatland title game, Hutchison scored a minor upset, defeating top seed Houston, 4-3 in overtime for the championship. Sophomore Brandon Rustad tallied a hat trick for the victorious Hawks, including the game winner in sudden death.
Houston, to its credit, was able to force overtime with a two-goal third period rally. Jonathon Lovelace knotted things up for the Hawks with less than four minutes left.
Hutchison's title in the program's second in three years.