Cristeros win state high school hockey title for first time

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Courtesy photo The Cristeros, made up of players from local high schools, beat two-time defending champion Eagle/Rocky Mountain 4-3 in overtime Sunday to state high school hockey tournament at Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d’Alene. It is the first state high school championship in Cristeros history. Cristeros trailed 3-1 after two period, tied the game at 3 with 2 minutes left, and won in OT on a breakaway by Bear Hughes. The Cristeros opened the tournament by beating Skyline 7-0 on Friday morning and the Boise Knights 9-1 on Friday night. On Saturday, the Cristeros beat Lewiston 9-0. Sunday morning, the Cristeros beat Sun Valley 4-1 in the semifinals. In the other semi, Eagle/Rocky Mountain beat pre-tourney favorite Boise/Timberline 7-4. In the front row from left are Joe Darajky, Alex Eloe, Matt Hoffman, Luigi Dipolitto, Nick Eloe and Joe Reuter; and back row from left, assistant coach Paul Eloe, Matt Finley, Tom Goggin, Ike Finely, Corbin Cockerill, Bear Hughes, Alex DeTar, Oliver Bumb, Will Goggin, Brennan Metzger, Mark Pierce, Isidore Finely and and head coach Vince Hughes. Eagle/Rocky Mountain beat Cristeros 5-4 in last year’s state championship match at Idaho Falls.

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