(Back row l to r) Coach Jimmy Terry Ethan Hoke, Anthony Lansing, Morgan Stamps, Dawson Brinkman, J.D. Lyons, Ryan Hudgin, Amelia Warren, Asst. Coach John Lyons. (Kneeling) Anthony Montoya, Creede Berger, Stephen Baer, Calyse Clark, Waylon Terry. Photo courtesy Adrienne Lyons.

President’s Day is a time to celebrate the great leaders of our nation. For hockey fans, an annual pilgrimage occurs to challenge other teams from around the state in the Anchorage President’s Day Cup.    

Our local Squirts 10UA team had a target on their back after winning the Turkey Shootout in November. The first game out of the gate was against the Jr. Avs of Anchorage. Led by Waylon Terry’s four goals, JD Lyons two assists, and Dawson Brinkman’s lone assist, Delta jumped to an early 3-0 lead, eventually outlasting the Avs’ by a final score of 6-5. On Saturday, Delta played the Comets of Anchorage and easily defeated them 8-2. Anthony Lansing paved the way to victory with four goals, with Waylon Terry close behind at three. Amelia Warren chipped in two goals to round out the scoring. Assists came from Brinkman, Terry, Lyons and Hoke. In the last round robin game, it was all Calyse Clark, and her amazing goal tending, as she blocked shots right and left from a previously unbeaten Homer team. It was Delta’s stifling defense that frustrated Homer into several penalties, helping Delta to the win. Goals came from Ethan Hoke, Anthony Lansing, and Waylon Terry, with an assist by Warren, as Delta won 3-0. 

With the Huskies seeded first, they were matched against a very good number two seed Juneau in the crossover game. Ethan Hoke led the charge with an early goal, followed by Amelia Warren, Anthony Lansing and Waylon Terry. Hoke and Terry followed up with goals to make it a final score of 6-4. Lansing had three assists, Terry two assists, Lyons and Morgan Stamps had one each. Standout defenders included Ryan Hudgin who tied up two and three opponents on the board. Morgan Stamps, Amelia Warren, and Creede Berg, Anthony Montoya, and Stephen Barr played outstanding defense to help the Huskies. 

The championship game found the Huskies playing a surprising Homer team once again, as they beat Fairbanks in the crossover. After the first quarter teams were tied 0-0. The Huskies fired shot after shot only to be rejected by an outstanding goaltender. Homer jumped out to a 1-0 lead, but the Huskies quickly responded with three goals of their own to take a 3-1 lead. Homer scored again in the second to bring the crowd to frenzy. Led by Waylon Terry’s two goals and Stephen Barr’s one goal, tremendous goal play by Calyse Clark, and assists from Amelia Warren, Creede Berg, and JD Lyons, the Huskies threw up their sticks and gloves as the final buzzer rang. Coaches Jimmy Terry and John Lyons were extremely proud of the sportsmanship and play from this talented group of players. Next stop, Soldotna, for the State Championship!