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Amador Valley hockey wins dramatic semifinal in shootout

Faces Cal High Grizzlies in championship game next month

The Amador Valley hockey team earned a spot in the championship game by beating the Dublin Gaels in a shootout Saturday night, with Jack Harker netting the go-ahead tally before Dons' goaltender Kevin Tieck secured the semifinal win by stopping Dublin's final shot.

The two teams finished regulation knotted at 3-3, and then battled through two scoreless overtime periods before the top-seeded Dons prevailed in the fourth round of a shootout at the Dublin Iceland rink.

Dublin got on the board first with an even-strength goal by Matthew Durst, giving the Gaels a 1-0 lead they held into the second period. The Dons tied the game on Devin Cox's goal, and they took the lead minutes later on a shot from Peyton Wisch.

The Gaels evened things up at 2-2 on Jared Minton's shorthanded goal in the third. Amador's Carter Leong scored next, but the advantage was short-lived, as Durst soon tied the game with his second goal of the night.

The semifinal headed to overtime, and Amador and Dublin fought through two extra periods unable to untie the score, pushing the game to a shootout.

The first three rounds of the shootout were also scoreless, with Tieck and Dublin goaltender Sage Zonner each perfect in the net.

Harker skated up in the fourth round for Amador and put the puck past Zonner to give the Dons a 1-0 shootout lead. Tieck stymied Dublin's ensuing scoring attempt to clinch the victory.

Amador is set to face the Cal High Grizzlies in the championship game next month, with date and time not yet confirmed.

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