The chance to capture the first state berth in school history will have to wait another year for the Homer hockey team.
Wasilla skated off with a 4-2 victory Friday night in a North Star Conference tournament semifinal to advance to Saturday’s championship game and secure the last state bid from the region. The loss ended Homer’s season on the spot.
The Warriors were able to notch a 4-3 win over Colony in the championship game.
Alex Engan powered the Warriors in Friday’s semis with a hat trick, putting Wasilla ahead early in the second period, then netting a crucial insurance goal midway through the third to help secure the win.
“He saved one of his best games for tonight,” said Wasilla head coach Trent Schachle. “He dives at the net, shoots the puck and makes things happen, and that line he’s on is a good one.”
Coming off one of the best seasons in Homer hockey history, the teary-eyed Mariners were left to watch a state appearance disappear in the final minutes. A win would have given the program its first ever state trip.
Instead, an emotional Homer team was left to ponder what if.
“Wasilla wanted it more,” stated North Star Coach of the Year Chance Rockett. “They’ve been here, done that. They had what it takes.”
Charlie Menke and Isaiah Nevak scored goals for Homer.