HOCKEY: First-place Lynx bring out the claws in 9-2 win over Chugiak

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 19:21

Dimond scored five times in the first period en route to a Cook Inlet Conference rout over Chugiak Tuesday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Blake Hausinger opened the game with a natural hat trick for the Lynx, which went up 5-0 in the frame after Sean Carey and Max Hickel added strikes of their own.

The Mustangs — who became the first CIC team to score on the Lynx this season — briefly stopped the bleeding, getting a Danny Casey goal late in the first period and another by Luke Momblow early in the second to cut the lead to 5-2.

That was as close as the Mustangs would get, as Hickel added his second goal of the night less than two minutes later and Hausinger picked up his fourth late in the frame. The Lynx added two more for good measure in the third, with Tyler Graeber and Gavan Hardy finishing off the assault.

Grant Epple picked up assists on both Chugiak goals, with Momblow helping out on Casey’s goal and Tyler Huffer assisting Momblow’s power-play score.

Gabi Gibson stopped 17 of 19 shots to pick up the win for Dimond, while Riley Fugere turned back 26 of 35 for the Mustangs, who fell to 2-3-2 overall and 1-2-0 in the CIC. Dimond improved to 4-0-0 in the CIC, with a combined margin of victory of 25-2 to open the season.

Chugiak’s next game is Nov. 21 at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center against winless Bartlett.

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