Chugiak hockey headed to state
West High ends Eagle River’s season
Chugiak hockey players celebrate a goal during the regular-season finale against Eagle River on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Mac. The Mustangs punched their ticket to state with a 6-2 win over Service in the first round of the conference tournament Monday, Feb. 4 at the Mac.
PHOTO BY DAN SHEPARD
Fifth-seeded Chugiak upset No. 4 Service with a 6-2 win in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament Monday, Feb. 3 at the McDonald Center.
The Mustangs will face top-seeded South today (Thursday, Feb. 6) with a championship berth on the line. The Wolverines blanked eighth-seeded East 8-0 on Monday.
Chugiak took a 1-0 lead with a first-period goal by Hunter Hanson. Second-period goals by Taylor Garner and Kris Tomazevic put the Mustangs ahead 3-1 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Chugiak racked up three third-period goals to cement the victory. John Hammer struck early in the period. Garner added his second tally of the night with 6:14 to go, and William Casey rounded out the scoring 40 seconds later.
Mustangs’ netminder Jack Straub made 19 saves in a game that featured 15 total penalties.
The first-round win secured one of the conference’s four Class 4A state berths for Chugiak. The ASAA/First National Bank 2014 Hockey State Championships will be held at the Menard Sports Complex in Wasilla on Feb. 13-15. Joining the four CIC teams will be two from the North Star Conference and two Mid Alaska Conference squads.
West 2, Eagle River 1
West High ended Eagle River’s season with a narrow 2-1 win in the first round of the CIC tournament Tuesday, Feb. 4 at the Mac.
Eagle River’s Kyle Johnson cut the Eagles’ lead in half with under a minute left in regulation. But, third-seeded West hung on to eliminate the sixth-seeded Wolves. West scored early in the first period and took a 2-0 lead with a goal midway through the third.
West will take on No. 2 Dimond in a semifinal game today. The Lynx cruised past No. 7 Bartlett by a score of 8-2 on Tuesday.
Chugiak 3, Eagle River 2
Chugiak jumped out a 3-0 lead and hung on for a 3-2 win over Eagle River in the regular-season finale Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Mac.
Tomazevic and Adam Groendyke scored less than a minute apart to put Chugiak up 2-0 after the first. Sam Hanson made it a three-goal advantage with 9:40 to go in the second period.
The Wolves answered with two late goals. Kyle Johnson cut the deficit to two with a goal with 4:58 to play in the second. Jesse Johnson struck with a power-play tally three minutes later.
Chugiak goaltender DJ Paxson stopped all seven shots face in the third period to preserve the win. Paxson made 22 saves while Eagle River netminder Justin Lopez stopped 25 shots.
Eagle River 7, Bartlett 6
Though Eagle River racked up six first-period goals, Bartlett stormed back with four goals in the second. But the Wolves hung on for a 7-6 win Jan. 30 at the Mac. Kyle Johnson netted a hat trick for the Wolves, who also got goals from Schuyler Davis, Jesse Johnson, Anthony Fan and Blake Halfpenny.