Wolves’ comeback comes up just short
Hockey teams wrapping up first half of season
Chugiak’s Ted Walters prepares to take a shot during the Mustangs’ 3-1 non conference loss to the Lathrop Malemutes on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Eagle River battled back from a three-goal deficit and scored two third-period goals but came up just short, falling 4-3 to non conference foe Lathrop on Dec. 10 at the McDonald Center.
Trailing 4-1 after two periods, Eagle River came out more energized in the final period, Wolves head coach Kirby Senden said.
“We just had a little more jump in our step,” he said. “The bottom line is they came out with intensity.”
Quinn Hulse ripped a shot past Malamutes’ goalie Ian Morey midway through the third. Jesse Johnson — who assisted on Hulse’s tally — buried a power-play goal three minutes later to pull Eagle River within one.
The Malamutes built a 3-0 lead after the first period.
“Lathrop is a good team,” Senden said. “They have some good skaters.”
Brett Wood got Eagle River on the board with an early second-period goal. Wood, who finished with a goal and two assists, factored in each of the Wolves’ goals.
Despite its short bench, Eagle River showed determination in the final period, Senden said.
“For us to come out and play well and play hard and compete in the third, it gave us an opportunity to pull one out,” he said. “I was happy with their performance.”
The Wolves take on Bartlett today (Dec. 15) at 7:30 p.m. at the Mac. Because Eagle River has no 12th graders, in lieu of senior night, tonight’s game will honor the military and alumni, Senden said.
Eagle River is off until Jan. 4 when it resumes action against Dimond at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke.
Colony 1, Chugiak 0
Chugiak lost a 1-0 nonconference game to Colony on Dec. 10 at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla.
Mustangs’ netminder Matt Bennett made 23 saves while Forrest Savel had a 24-save shutout for the Knights.
Chugiak hosts Cook Inlet Conference foe Dimond on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mac. The Mustangs won’t be in action again until Jan. 6 when Soldotna comes to town at 7:30 p.m. at the Mac.
Chugiak 2, Homer 1, OT
Sam Hanson scored less than two minutes into overtime to lift Chugiak to a 2-1 win over non conference Homer on Dec. 9 at the Mac. Brady Sizelove assisted on the game-winning goal.
Josh Smith scored on a feed from Kris Tomazevic in the second period for the Mustangs.
Joey Lindquist made 25 saves for Chugiak.
Lathrop 3, Chugiak 1
Tomazevic scored the Mustangs’ lone goal in a 3-1 nonconference loss to Lathrop on Dec. 8 at the Mac. Ted Walters had the assist on Tomazevic’s second-period goal.
Lindquist made 22 saves.
South-Bartlett 3, CER 0
Chugiak-Eagle River goalie Nicole Mrugala recorded 33 saves in a 3-0 loss to South-Bartlett on Dec. 7 at Ben Boeke. South-Bartlett netminder Maddi Davis had a 10-shot shutout in a game that featured nine total penalties.
CER has a chance for revenge when it hosts South-Bartlett today (Dec. 15) at 5:45 p.m. at the Mac. The girls then host Service-East at the same time and venue Friday, Dec. 16 before a three-week break.
CER returns to action Jan. 4 against Dimond-West at 5:15 p.m. at Ben Boeke.