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Story last updated at 8:48 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bantams win state, Homer Hockey teams finish season

By Lindsay Johnson
Staff Writer


Tracey Tillion

Homer Hockey Association's Bantam team poses with their state trophy. Manager Brad Roberts, Head Coach Rich Sonnen and Assistant Coach Jim Brown stand behind players Thomas Bowe, Markian Polushkin, Ulian Kuzmin, Anton Kuzmin, Dawson Roberts, Kiril Sanarov, Konstontin Reutov, JJ Sonnen, Maverick Ivanov, Owen Delehanty, Clem Tillion, Drew Brown and Misael Martushev.

The Glacier Kings Bantams, PeeWees and Squirt D teams ended seasons at state tournaments last weekend.

Homer's team of 13-14 year olds won the Bantam C state championship. The Glacier Kings played six6 games on their way to the title, 13 teams in the tournament.

They lost the first game 4-1 to the Mighty Moose of South Anchorage, before going on to beat the Delta Junction Huskies 8-0 and the Eagle River Mustangs 5-2.

Homer fell to the Palmer Pioneers 3-2. The loss put them second in their bracket in the crossover game, where they faced the Juneau Capitals, a team that had won 11-0 in every tournament game until then.

Homer won 4-1 to advance to the championship game, which they also won 4-1 against Palmer.

"It all played out so perfectly for us," said Homer Head Coach Rich Sonnen.

He credited great individual and team play.

"We had great team chemistry. We had such balanced scoring. All the kids on the team were involved with either a goal or an assist," Sonnen said.

The team is made of mostly 8th graders who will go on to play high school hockey in the fall.

The Squirt D team, playing in Anchorage, took third in the state tournament. They beat the Palmer Payne 4-1, tied 4-4 with the Eagle River Mustang Black, and won 1-0 against the Boys and Girls Club from Anchorage. In the semifinals, Homer lost 4-0 to the Palmer Hook team.

"They ended the season real strong," said team manager Christie Hill. "The kids did excellent."

The team finished the season with 15 wins, 7 losses and a few ties.

The PeeWees, playing in Fairbanks, tied one game and lost three.

On March 11-13, Homer's Squirt C team tied one game and lost two at the state playoffs in Palmer to finish about fourth of 11 teams.

"The kids did really well. They had a new kid in the net that did extremely well and they tied a team they'd never beat or tied before (Anchorage Jr. Avalanche)," said Head Coach Travis Larson.

The Squirts lost to Palmer and the Anchorage Comets, the teams that placed for the championship.

The Squirt C team finished the season with 22 wins, 8 losses and a couple of ties.

"Overall it was a really good season," Larson said.