By Angela Unruh
Eagle River’s 12U minor Alaska Blue Devils claimed their second state hockey crown in the last three seasons on March 10, 2019, at the Big Dipper ice arena in Fairbanks.
Eagle River defeated the Valley Thunder 5-4 in the championship game, after three 15 minute periods, one 15 minute sudden death overtime and a 10 player shootout.
The team went 5-0 for the tournament:
Game 1: VS Kenai Ice Hawks 5-2
Game 2: VS Juneau 7-0
Game 3: VS Arctic Lions (Fairbanks) 7-0
Semi-Final: VS Alaska All Stars 4-3
Championship: VS Valley Thunder 5-4 (full 15 minute regulation periods, then full 15 minute OT, then 10 player shootout
Team members include: Liam Connolly, Dillon Unruh, Dallin Roberts, Dane Connick, Mauri Saarinen, Cole Casey, Mathew Ross, Ethan Hoyt, Morgan Greninger, Ilkka Saarinen, Adam Kara, Kaden Lynch, Colin Bigelow, Ella Johnson, Aiden Ayojiak, Brody Merrick and Walter Eunice III. The Blue Devils were led by head coach Walt Eunice, assistant coaches Blake Brazil, Ben Mathews, and Joey Merrick and team managers Michelle Hoyt, Ellie Eunice and treasurer Kelly Merrick.