Wolves make some noise with season-opening hockey win over defending champs

Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 10:36
  • Eagle River’s Tucker Lien celebrates a first-period goal during the Wolves’ 2-1 win Friday over Dimond at Ben Boeke. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Aidan Burton gets upended during the Wolves’ 2-1 high school hockey win over Dimond Friday, Oct. 26 at Ben Boeke. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Nick Silance takes a shot on goal during the Wolves’ 2-1 high school hockey win over Dimond Friday, Oct. 26 at Ben Boeke. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Sal Demma battles for the puck during the Wolves’ 2-1 high school hockey win over Dimond Friday, Oct. 26 at Ben Boeke. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River’s Ryan Gray makes a save during the Wolves’ 2-1 high school hockey win over Dimond Friday, Oct. 26 at Ben Boeke. Gray made 32 saves in the win, including 16 in the third period. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River rocked on opening night of the 2018-19 Cook Inlet Conference hockey season with a 2-1 win Friday night over defending state champion Dimond at Ben Boeke.

The Wolves got a short-handed goal from Tucker Lien to open the scoring in the first period and extended the lead to 2-0 on a power play tally from Logan Dudinsky in the second. Dudinsky assisted on Lien’s goal and Ty McEnaney had a helper on Dudinsky’s.

Dimond got a third-period goal from Teague Porter, but it wasn’t enough as Wolves goalie Ryan Gray made 32 saves on 33 shots to backstop the win.

On a night when Portugal. The Man was playing across town, a big crowd turned out at Ben Boeke for the showdown between last year’s state champions and the Wolves, who missed out on state last season for the first time in three seasons.

Dimond outshot Eagle River 33-17.

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