Dimond Hockey Finishes Strong Year with Third Place at State

The weekend of Feb. 7 through the 9, Dimond and the other hockey teams of Alaska entered the Division One Hockey State Championships of 2019. The tournament took place in the Curtis Menard Sports Center in Wasilla, Alaska.

Dimond, led by coaches Dennis Sorensen and Christopher Higgins, entered the tournament second in their region, below South Anchorage High. The team had held this higher level of playing all year as well while staying at the top of the region throughout the year.

Junior Tyler Graeber, a member of the varsity team, said, “We had a pretty good year. I had a great experience and I am going to miss the seniors next year.”

In Dimond’s first game of the tournament, the team took on West Anchorage High in an intense battle that had the winning goal scored by a Senior, Dylan Hoey in the last seconds of the game.

West put up a big fight, quite literally, especially with one of their seniors ending up getting ejected because of this. The final score was 3-2.

This game took place during school hours and the continuously devoted fans still found ways to support the team, whether that was by watching the live stream filmed by a supportive member of the team, Connor Brown on Facebook or actually leaving school for the game.

This devotion was also shown through the fans driving out to Wasilla each night there was a game.

The victory in the first game brought Dimond to the semifinals on Friday night against Service High.

This game was a rough one. There were many fans yelling about questionable calls, and it was a battle until the end especially for Goalie, Hunter Katniss.

The end result was disappointing, with a loss to Service, 2-1, but the Lynx put up a good fight.

As said by a senior on the Varsity team, John Novak “We needed to just burry more pucks and win some more faceoffs.”

And Graeber said, “Sevice’s goalie played really well.”

The loss to Service, brought Dimond to the third and fifth place game against Eagle River.

This game was a good one for the Lynx.

With a lead of two by the beginning of the second period, both scored by Landon Reed, they were off to a good start.

Dimond took third place in the state with a score of 6-0 over Eagle River, who received the fifth place spot.

Dylan Hoey received player of the game.

Although Dimond Hockey did not end up being able to defend their 2018 state title; they overall had a good year and put up a great fight right up until the end.

John Novak said, “The end result wasn’t what we were looking for or expecting, but there are no regrets.”

Their coaches Dennis Sorensen and Christopher Higgins also spoke high regards of the team.

“These boys had a heck of a season. We are proud of them,” Sorensen said on the Dimond Hockey Twitter account.