Chugiak opens hockey season with 3-3 tie; Wolves fall to Dimond

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 13:47
  • Chugiak’s Danny Casey scores past Wasilla goalie Sean Carney during the teams’ 3-3 prep hockey tie on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River goalie Ryan Gray makes a save during the Wolves’ 3-0 prep hockey loss to Dimond on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River defenseman Nick Silance skates the puck up the ice during the Wolves 3-0 prep hockey loss to Dimond on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Jacob Kosinski reacts after beating Wasilla goalie Sean Carney for a goal during the teams’ 3-3 prep hockey tie on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Chugiak fought and scrapped its way to a 3-3 season-opening nonconference hockey tie with Wasilla Saturday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The defending Alaska state champions fell behind 2-0 less than four minutes into the game after Wasilla picked up quick goals from Alex Engan and Dillon Matson.

Chugiak cut the lead to 2-1 after two period on a Danny Casey goal, then tied things up with 3:33 to play on a goal by Jacob Kosinski, who deftly poked the puck past Wasilla goalie Sean Carney.

Wasilla rallied almost immediately, taking the lead back less than a minute later when Holden Wiltfong beat Chugiak starter Tanner Holta.

But once again Chugiak rallied, and Luke Momblow provided the equalizer 42 seconds after Wiltfong’s goal when he broke away at center ice, outraced a defender and beat Carney on the glove side to send the game into overtime.

Holta made 21 saves in his first varsity start for the Mustangs, while Carney stopped 34 shots for the Warriors.

Chugiak will travel to Fairbanks for a series of games beginning at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at the Patty Center against West Valley. The Mustangs face North Pole at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 at the Polar Ice Rink, then turn around and play Lathrop Saturday Nov. 4 at 12:45 p.m. at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Dimond 3, Eagle River 0

Dimond jumped on Eagle River early, netting three goals in the first eight minutes of the game and cruising to a 3-0 win over the Wolves Saturday at Ben Bokeke Ice Arena in the high school season-opener for both teams.

Blake Hausinger’s goal with 6:12 left in the first period set off a frenzy for the Lynx, who added a Sean Carey goal less than two minutes later, then followed that up with a Drake Reid strike on the next shift.

Eagle River Ryan Gray made 33 saves, including all 24 shots he faced in the second and third period. Dimond goalie Gabi Gibson stopped all 11 shots she faced to earn the shutout.

The Wolves return to action Thursday, Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m. against East at Ben Boeke.

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