CER rebounds after being swept
In first game in net, Mrugala stops 30 shots in 2-0 loss to South-Bartlett
Chugiak-Eagle River’s Autumn Sperry looks to pass during CER’s 6-4 win over Mat-Su on Nov. 17.
The Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team rebounded after being outscored 18-4 in three straight losses to Fairbanks with a 6-4 win over Mat-Su on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the McDonald Center.
Rachel Russell and Holly Linder scored two goals apiece for CER.
After falling behind 2-0, CER tickled the twine three times in less than a minute to hold a one-goal lead after the first period.
The flurry of offensive gave CER a boost of energy, Linder said.
“It got our team going,” she said.
Linder scored two goals in 11 seconds to knot the game at 2. Linder was surprised when he teammates were celebrating as she was unaware her second goal went in.
“I had no idea,” she said.
Linder said she thought Ravens goaltender Lydia Phillips had frozen the puck.
Russell notched the go-ahead goal 43 seconds after Linder’s second tally.
Mat-Su’s River Richards tied the game at 3 with the game’s lone second-period goal.
Russell regained the lead for CER early in the third period. She split the defense and ripped a wrist shot in the upper left corner.
Autumn Sperry and Hannah Blizzard added insurance for CER. Sperry lifted a backhand shot past Phillips as she drove to the net hard and bowled over the Ravens’ netminder.
Blizzard’s tally gave CER a 6-3 lead with 3:33 left in the game. The Ravens added a late power-play goal to cut the lead to two.
Hard work was the focal point of the team’s discussion during the second intermission, Linder said. CER was a different team in the final 12 minutes, she said.
“We played like we wanted to win,” she said.
South-Bartlett 2, CER 0
Nicole Mrugala stopped 30 of 32 shots faced in her first appearance between the pipes, but two late second-period goals lifted South-Bartlett to a 2-0 win over CER on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Ben Boeke.
A knee injury prevented Mrugala from getting enough practices in to join the team at the start of the season, CER coach Katie Hulse said.
Mrugala had an immediate impact in her first start. She kept CER in the game where she saw nearly twice as many shots as South-Bartlett netminder Maddi Davis.
“It’s nice to have her out, that’s for sure,” Hulse said.