Eagle River hockey ties Wasilla in home opener

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 22:12
  • Eagle River’s Marshall Yeargin skates the puck past Wasilla’s Lucas Gudz during the Wolves’ 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie with Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River goalie Ryan gray prepares to make one of his 27 saves during a 2-2 nonconference hockey tie with Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Brayden Rachow gets off a slap shot during the Wolves’ 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie with Wasilla on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Nick Silance is surrounded by Wasilla skaters during the Wolves’ 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie with Warriors on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River, Wasilla skate to tie

Wasilla played its second overtime draw in less than a week Friday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with Eagle River at the McDonald Center.

The Warriors also tied Chugiak last Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mac.

Friday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the Warriors taking the lead on an Alex Engan power play goal with six minutes to play in the period, and the Wolves tying things up on a shorthanded strike from Ty McEnaney on a Tucker Lien assist just before the first intermission.

The Wolves (1-1-1) got a power play goal of their own to take the lead early in the second period, with John Niemi scoring off an assist from Brayden Rachow. But Wasilla answered with 3:43 left in the second on a Dylan Harbour goal assisted by Austyn Bayliffe.

That was all the scoring, as Eagle River goalie Ryan Gray and Wasilla netmineder Aaron Campbell each kept clean sheets in the third period and overtime to preserve the draw. Campbell finished with 28 saves for the Warriors, while Gray stopped 27 for the Wolves.

Eagle River is off until Thursday, Nov. 9, when the team begins the three-day Palmer Tournament at the MTA Center in Palmer.

Wolves crack win column

Eagle River picked up its first win of the season with a 4-2 victory over East at Ben Boeke on Thursday, Nov. 2.

The Wolves got three power-play goals from defensemen — two in the first period by Nat Nielsen and another in the second by Austin Linn that made it 3-0 heading into the third period. Linn’s strike was his first high school goal.

East pulled to within 3-2 midway through the third period, but Michael Maddox’s empty net goal with 26 seconds left iced the game for the Wolves, who improved to 1-1.

Tucker Lien had three assists for Eagle River, which also got two helpers from Ty McEnaney and one from Ian Newman. Brendan Whetsell made 15 saves for Eagle River, while Lane Fox stopped 28 shots for the T-birds.

Mustangs go 1-1-1 in Interior

Chugiak won a game, lost a game and tied a game during a tour of the Interior Nov. 2-4.

The Mustangs began their three-game Fairbanks swing with a 5-4 overtime loss to West Valley on Thursday night at the Patty Center.

Luke Momblow scored twice for the Mustangs, who also got strikes from Grant Epple and Jarrett Beckett.

On Friday, Chugiak picked up its first win of the season with a 6-4 triumph over North Pole at the Polar Ice Arena. Epple scored three goals and added an assist for Chugiak, which also got goals from Momblow, Beckett and Jacob Kosinski. Tanner Holta made 22 saves to earn his first high school win for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs skated to a 4-4 tie against Lathrop in the final game of their road trip Saturday afternoon at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Momblow scored twice more for Chugiak (1-2-2), which was outshot 27-24.

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