Girls hockey starts the New Year off right

Eagle River boys net big CIC win against West Eagles


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Chugiak-Eagle River captain Rachel Russell throws the puck up ice during a game against Mat-Su on Jan. 14 at the Mac. CER won 3-0.

STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER

Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey held the Mat-Su Ravens to just 12 total shots en route to a 3-0 win Jan. 14 at the McDonald Center. Arika Mercer earned the shutout in net.

Defenseman Morgan Elledge said skating to a 2-2 tie with the Ravens eight days earlier gave CER extra motivation.

“We really wanted to beat them today,” she said.

With Hannah Blizzard screening Ravens’ goaltender Lydia Phillips, Kiera Byman slipped a wrister in from the point in the second period after a scoreless first.

Blizzard, who finished with three points, added an insurance goal late in the third and sealed the victory 27 seconds later with an empty netter.

The Chugiak High sophomore has been red hot in 2012, racking up eight points (six goals, two assists) in four games since Jan. 1.

CER captain Rachel Russell, who finished with three assists against Mat-Su, has six points (two goals, four assists) and alternate captain Autumn Sperry has four assists in the same four-game span.

CER’s short bench — they dressed just 12 skaters — didn’t hinder the team, Elledge said. In fact, she said, it was a positive.

“The less people we have, the better we play,” she said. “We put more effort into it.”

CER has increased its level of play in the New Year, Elledge said.

“We’re playing better as a team,” she said. “We’re getting into a flow.”

The girls’ attitude has also changed, Elledge said.

“The mood is definitely different in the locker room,” she said.

Blizzard agreed.

“We’re a lot more happy,” she said. “We’re getting to know each other better. We’re more comfortable with each other.”

 

South-Bartlett 10, CER 0

South-Bartlett buried Chugiak-Eagle River under an avalanche of second- and third-period goals, racking up 10 tallies in the final 15:27 of the game to take a 10-0 win on Jan. 17 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The game was scoreless until 3:27 left in the second period, when South-Bartlett’s Alahna Stivers found the net. By the time things were done, nine different South-Bartlett players had found the net.

Arika Mercer made 27 saves for CER, which had several players out sick.

 

CER 2, Dimond-West 1

Blizzard lifted Chugiak-Eagle River to victory when she scored just over a minute into the second period Jan. 12 at the Mac. Blizzard’s goal broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the game winner. Sperry had the assist.

After falling behind 1-0 early in the first, Russell tickled the twine with less than a minute to go in the period. Byman assisted on the equalizer.

Mercer stopped 21 of 22 shots for Chugiak-Eagle River, which got off 17 shots of their own.

 

BOYS

South 6, Chugiak 0

South’s Steve Orizotti and Daniel Sandstra each notched two goals as the Wolverines cruised to a 6-0 Cook Inlet Conference win at the McDonald Center on Jan. 17.

Chugiak trailed just 1-0 after the first period, but two South goals in the final 3:48 of the second period helped the third-place Wolverines pull away.

The loss dropped fifth-place Chugiak to 4-7-1 in the CIC with two conference games left in the regular season.

Nathan Wright made eight saves to pick up the shutout.

Matt Bennett made 31 stops for the Mustangs in net.

 

South 7, Eagle River 0

Cook Inlet Conference foe South blanked Eagle River 7-0 on Jan. 14 at the Mac. The loss dropped the Wolves to 2-5-2 in the CIC.

The Wolverines outshot Eagle River 33 to 8. Wolves netminder Justin Lopez made 26 saves.

 

Eagle River 5, West 1

Brett Wood scored two goals and had two assists to lead Eagle River to a 5-1 CIC win over West on Jan. 13 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Wolves scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods.

Other goal scorers included Stephen Wescott, Troy Bouwens and Bryan Grant. Carter Jesiel recorded two assists.

Wolves netminder Brandon King stopped 18 of 19 shots to earn the win.

 

Service 8, Chugiak 1

Chugiak lost 8-1 to Service in CIC play Jan. 12 at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. Seven different players scored goals for the second-place Cougars.

Kris Tomazevic scored Chugiak’s lone goal with Connor Hetzel getting the assist.

Service outshot Chugiak 42-22. Senior goaltender Joey Lindquist made 34 saves for the Mustangs.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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