Following a tremendous start, the joint Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team has hit a bit of a bump in what should be a smooth sheet, err, of ice, with recent losses to both Fairbanks teams and a lone Cook Inlet Conference stinger to Dimond-West.
The Wolves are howling, and with good reason, as the boys hockey team is setting records. Recently the team defeated South Anchorage, 3-1, the first time in the school’s 10-year history. This week, Eagle River looks to defeat the Service Cougars. If so, that would be another record.
The Chugiak Mustangs wrestling team is looking to make a bit of noise on the mats this season, coming off a successful start at the two large meets to start the 2014-2015 season.
Eagle River and Chugiak High players teamed up, along with other members of the Jr. Avalanche U-18B hockey team, to win the Arizona Hockey Clubs’ Thanksgiving Shootout held in Phoenix.
With hoar frosts melted away, due to recent warm spells, cross country ski coaches at both Chugiak and Eagle River High say they have their troops running and doing weights. Fourth-year head Eagle River High coach Liz Turner, herself a 2004 CHS grad, said she has been very pleased with the team’s work ethic, given the less than optimal conditions for the wintertime sport during this first two weeks.
The race is on for indoor family entertainment featuring laps of friendly competition at one of Eagle River’s newest businesses. Eagle River Racing, which is located in the old auto mall building at the corner of Artillery Road and Mausel Street, has brought slot car racing back to Alaska after a 12-year hiatus post the closure of Chili Willy’s in the Northway Mall. Shop owners Steve and Nancy Hokanson of Eagle River aim to revive the sport while creating an atmosphere all ages can enjoy.
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 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 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.