Wasilla knocks Chugiak out of state tourney
Wasilla got two goals from Colton Fletcher and 30 saves from Lauren Massie to hand Chugiak a 4-1 defeat Friday in the consolation round of the ASAA/Alaska First National Cup State Hockey Tournament at the Menard Center in Wasilla.
The Warriors led 2-0 after one period before Chugiak cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by Tyler Painter, who put back a Kris Tomazevic shot that bounced off the post with 10:27 left in the second.
But the Mustangs committed six penalties in the final 7:35 of the period, a momentum-killing lapse that led to a power play goal by Fletcher that made it 3-1 heading into the third.
"Penalties kiled us," said Chugiak defenseman Chad Peterson, one of four seniors from this year's squad.
Fletcher's second goal with 6:16 left in the third iced the win for the Warriors, who advanced to Saturday's fourth-place game.
Joey Lindquist made 32 saves for Chugiak in net.
Peterson, Lindquist, Zach Johanson and Brady Sizelove are all graduating seniors.
Mustangs coach Rod Wild said he was thrilled with the progress this season's team made from the begining of the season through the Cook Inlet Conference and state tournaments.
"These kids have so much to be proud of," said Wild, whose team led Lathrop 3-2 after two periods in Friday's first-round game before a Malemutes tally with under 10 seconds left ended Chugiak's state title hopes.
Despite going 0-2 at state, Peterson said he was proud of this year's team, which finished the season 8-18-1 and advanced to the state tourney for the first time since 2009.
"We came a lot farther than anybody thought we would," Peterson said.