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High school hockey: Skyline spoils Viewmont's travel party, stays alive with do-or-die playoff win

Skyline's Dean Wilson, left, celebrates one of his four goals with teammate Chase Vanetti.
Skyline's Dean Wilson, left, celebrates one of his four goals with teammate Chase Vanetti.
T.j. Kirkpatrick, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The 2010 Utah high school state hockey championship was all set to be decided Saturday, and undefeated, untied Viewmont was all set to wrap up a perfect season.

But Skyline — in particular Dean Wilson — had other plans.

The Eagles dropped a bomb on Viewmont's party at the Salt Lake City Sports Complex, defeating the Vikings 6-3 on a hat trick plus one by Wilson.

Skyline climbed back through the loser's bracket and postponed Viewmont's plans for a trip to Chicago — the ultimate prize to be claimed by the state title winner.

"Maybe their break was too long," Skyline coach Sam Wilson said of the Vikings. "We have played every night. This is our fifth night in a row."

The Vikings' travel plans will be put off at least until Monday, when the two teams tangle again at 7 p.m. to see who gets to go compete in the USA Hockey Finals in the Windy City.

Merely one minute and 23 seconds into the contest, Dean Wilson slapped in his first goal of the evening, assisted by Chase Vanetti, to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Shortly thereafter, Vanetti went to the penalty box, at which time Viewmont unleashed a flurry of shots, looking like the dominant team it had been throughout the season. But Skyline goalie Joseph Canfield stopped or deflected all six of those shots until Vanetti had served his penalty time.

And just seconds after the sides were even in strength once again, Dean Wilson drove a head-on shot into the net, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead with four minutes still remaining in the first period.

To start the second period, the Vikings came out and rained down shots again on goalie Canfield — but again without success.

Finally, Viewmont's leading scorer, sophomore Kody Rodrigues, got the Vikings on the board while they were a man down.

In fact, two of Viewmont's three goals were scored while they were not at full strength. But at the 7:10 mark of the third period, penalties caught up with the Vikings, as Dean Wilson nailed his hat trick goal just eight seconds after Viewmont went a man down again. That put the Eagles up 5-3 and Viewmont became desperate.

When the Vikings pulled their goalie with under a minute remaining, Dean Wilson slapped a long shot that settled in the net for his fourth goal of the night.

"My teammates count on me," Dean Wilson said, "so I do the best I can."

As for any special strategy they employed, the Eagles' coach, Sam Wilson, said, "Our guys were the underdog. I just told them to dig deep."

On Monday, they can surely expect that Viewmont will dig a little deeper as well.