With practices beginning Oct. 20, coaches from both local high school boys hockey teams were given an idea of what they would have to work with for the 2014-15 season.
The Eagle River Varsity Comp Cheerleader was the final team to perform during the two-day Spirit Coaches Association Dance and Drill Fall Championships held at Chugiak High Friday and Saturday.
Scoring goals looks like it won’t be a concern for the combined Chugiak-Eagle River High girls hockey team, according to the tallies on score sheets taken from the squad’s first two games last week.
The Wolves are howling on the ice, thanks to four straight victories including a tournament title in Kenai opening weekend. “It was nice to bring back some hardware,” said returning varsity coach Bill Comer, following wins of 6-0 over host Kenai, 7-2 over Soldotna and 4-2 over Homer.
The Mustangs boys hockey team was treated to an early season gut-check, losing 4-0 to South Anchorage at Ben Boeke Arena Nov. 11. Between broken bones, a broken skate blade and a game-disqualification handed down in the first period, Chugiak’s longtime hockey coach Rodney Wild said things couldn’t have gone much worst.
The importance of a good start cannot be overemphasized, particular in a sport where the competition lasts less than a month. Such is the case with middle school wrestling, with the first meet on Nov. 6 and the championships, Dec. 3-4.
The schedule-makers smiled on the Chugiak Mustang varsity hockey team, allowing the squad to work out some of the wrinkles, said head coach Rodney Wild following the team’s 2-1 start.
The Chugiak Mustang girls swim team got the most of their numbers, placing second, as did the Eagle River boys team, finishing third, at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving championship held Thursday through Saturday at the Bartlett High 50-meter pool.
With high numbers, volleyball coaches at Gruening and Mirror Lake Middle Schools are being creative in making practice time available to the masses given the short season ahead.