Colony upsets Dimond, South avoids upset by Homer and West and Wasilla cruise to victory in day one of state hockey tournament

While West and Wasilla cruised to victory in their opening games of the ASAA Division I state hockey tournament, Dimond was upset by Colony and South avoided an upset by Homer.

The Knights were led by an outstanding performance by sophomore goalie Bryant Marks, who made save after save, and ended up with 44 for the game and junior Kaden Ketchum, who scored every goal for the Knights in their 3-2 double overtime win over the Lynx.

"I just was inspired by the energy," Marks said with a grin. "We have to prepare now for South though."

The Wolverines also had a close scare against the Homer Mariners. The defending champs saw their two goal lead drop to 1 late in the game, but an empty net goal by captain Hayden Fox sealed the deal in their 4-2 win.

West cruised to victory over Service, beating the Cougars 6-1. Chase Solberg started things off for the Eagles and then his teammates quickly followed suit.

Wasilla took care of business against Eagle River. The Warriors handled the Wolves with ease, winning 7-4.

Semifinals are on Friday. West and Wasilla will play first, at 5 p.m., followed by the second game, South and Colony at 7:30.

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