• Homer Bantam hockey takes third at State
By Sean Pearson
Kevin Bell Arena bustled with activity over the weekend, as the Homer Hockey Association hosted 10 teams for the 2014 Bantam Tier III State Hockey Tournament.
Teams from Palmer, MatSu, Anchorage, Kenai, Fairbanks and Copper River competed in three days of 23 games to determine this year’s winner.
And, while the Bantams turned in an overall awesome performance, point totals prevented the Homer team from moving on to the crossover games.
“Four teams make it to the two crossover games, and then the winners of those games play each other in the championship,” explained Homer defenseman Charlie Menke.
Each win in the tournament is worth two points and a tie is worth one point.
“In our case, the team we tied also had the same record, so it came down to a tiebreaker,” Menke said.
The tiebreaker compares teams by the most goals scored in games, and Homer came up just a few points short.
Menke said he felt the team played well in the tournament, overall.
“I think most of us played our best,” he said. “I know our coaches are very proud of how we played.
Menke added that he wishes the team could have made it further in State.
“It was tough when it came down to tiebreakers,” he said, “because we knew we could have beaten the teams who made it to the championship game.
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