Wolves cannibalize weary Wolfpack 12-1

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 11:03
CHS drops first in tense affair with Service
  • Eagle River’s Sutton McDonald scores on West Valley goalie Keel Simon as Tyler Simon defends at the MacDonald Center last Saturday. The Wolves routed the Wolfpack 12-1 led by Josh Linn’s 5 goals. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • From left, Mustang players John Hammer (28) Zachary Krajnik (21) and Andrew Beckett make Service goalie Andrew Taunton feel the pressure in the waning moments at Ben Boeke last Saturday. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)

By Saturday afternoon’s hockey game with West Valley was a pre-Thanksgiving feast for the Eagle River Wolves as they ripped a dozen goals by three Wolfpack netminders in a 12-1 rout.

Josh Linn nearly completed a double hat trick as he notched 5 goals, while Bret Jedlicki scored a pair. Single goals went to Sutton McDonald, Brandon Lajoie, Cam  McDonald and Ty McEnaney. 

Ryan Gray had light duty, facing 10 shots, while the Wolves had 30 shots on net.

It must be noted that the Wolfpack was a tired bunch, playing their third game in as many days on tour of Anchorage area teams that included Service and West.

CHS drops first in tense affair with Service

Having won their first two contests of the season, the Mustangs came into Saturday night’s contest with the Service Cougars with confidence.

Down 3-0 by the end of the first period, that confidence may have wavered a bit, but they outscored Service 3-2 to narrow the margin to 5-3 at the end of the second period, in which coach Rodney Wild thought his team was most effective.

Indeed, Service goalie Kevin Taunton faced 15 shots in the middle frame in which he allowed all three Mustangs goals; one each by Kadin Yokey, Jacob Kosinski and Zack Krajnik.

For his part, Jack Walters made 20 saves on 25 shots for his evening’s work.

The third period was scoreless, with Service holding the territorial edge. Several unfulfilled goal-mouth scrambles occurred on each end, the wildest being the last few moments of regulation when the Mustangs made earn his pay, surrounding the netminder and peppering him with rubber to no avail.

The game ended with an unpleasant gathering in the Cougars’ end, the result of which was roughing penalties for Services’ Landon Hill and Chugiak’s Krajnik, and Service’s Slade Hallett earning a spectator’s role for the next game.

Chugiak outshot the Cougars 30-25 for the game, and with the loss are now tied with them  (2-1) in third place in the standings.

Wild said of the game, “We expected better, but we’ll play them again.”

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