Wolves fall to Dimond in CIC hockey clash

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 11:49

Eagle River didn’t back down from one of Alaska’s hockey heavyweights Thursday night, losing a hard-fought 3-2 decision to undefeated Dimond in a Cook Inlet Conference bout at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Nat Nielsen and Ty McEnaney scored for Eagle River, which fell behind 3-1 after two periods before halving the deficit on McEnaney’s goal early in the third.

The Wolves fell to 2-4-0 in the conference, while the first-place Lynx improved to 6-0-0.

Dimond took a 1-0 lead midway through the opening period on a goal by Blake Hausinger, but Nielsen equalized less than two minutes later.

The Lynx struck twice in the second, picking up a pair of quick ones when Tyler Graeber and Teague Porter beat Ryan Gray before five minutes were off the clock in the period.

Gray kept a clean sheet the rest of the way, stopping 35 shots for the game. Matthew Driskell made 18 saves for Dimond.

Brayden Rachow assisted on Nielsen’s goal; Ian Newman and Nick Silance helped on McEnaney’s. Gavan Hardy, Max Hickel, Garret Miknich and Dawson Thompson picked up assists for the Lynx. Dimond played the final period without Hausinger after the league’s sixth leading scorer was sent off for checking from behind late in the second.

Dimond is currently ranked No. 2 in the AkHockey.com statewide hockey poll behind South (4-0-0 CIC). The Wolves — who are ranked eighth — are off until Dec. 6, when they face winless Bartlett at 6:30 p.m at Ben Boeke.

Mustangs fall to No. 1 South

Chugiak’s two-game CIC winning streak came to an end Saturday in a 5-2 loss to top-ranked South Saturday, Dec. 2 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Grant Epple and Peter Symmes scored for Chugiak, which fell to 3-3-0 in the conference and got 34 saves from Riley Fugere. Zane Anderson stopped 18 shots for South, which outshot the Mustangs 39-20.

Chugiak will play in the Big Lake Lions Classic tournament hosted by Houston High School Dec. 7-9 at the Big Lake Lions Rec Center in Big Lake.

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