Down to the wire
Tight race in CIC hockey standings
Chugiak netminder Matt Bennett stops a shot from West’s Max Osgood on Jan. 10 at Ben Boeke.
With just a week and a half before the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament, just five points separated four teams as of Tuesday, Jan. 15.
South (12-0) and Dimond (10-1) will finish as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, but who earns which ranking is still undetermined. The conference’s top two teams meet in the final game of the regular season Jan. 26.
That could also be a huge night for Chugiak and Eagle River’s squads.
The Wolves (4-7) and Mustangs (3-8-1) might have more than bragging rights on the line as the regular season finale could determine seeding for the CIC tournament.
Eagle River was ahead of Chugiak by just one point after the Mustangs lost 1-0 to Service on Tuesday at the McDonald Center.
The Wolves played Dimond on Wednesday, Jan. 16, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. Aside from Chugiak, the Wolves have just one more conference game against West on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Chugiak plays Dimond two days before taking on their crosstown rival.
East 3, Eagle River 2
East beat Eagle River 3-2 in CIC action Friday, Jan. 11 at Ben Boeke. The T-Birds built a 3-0 lead, which proved too great for the Wolves to recover from.
“We just couldn’t rally back from a three-goal deficit,” Eagle River head coach Bill Comer said.
The Wolves had a good chance to tie the game in the waning seconds of the third period with their goalie pulled, Comer said, but lifted the puck over the net.
Chugiak 2, West 2, OT
Kris Tomazevic and Taylor Garner scored goals in Chugiak’s 2-2 tie with West on Jan. 10 at Ben Boeke. Goaltender Matt Bennett made 14 saves, including two in overtime.
Mat-Su 4, CER 1
Mat-Su defeated visiting Chugiak-Eagle River 4-1 on Friday, Jan. 11 at the Brett Ice Arena. Autumn Sperry scored CER’s lone goal. Goaltender Arika Mercer made 39 saves in the loss.
CER played Dimond-West on Wednesday, Jan. 16, but a score was not available when the Star went to press.
CER hosts the first of two games against Fairbanks today (Jan. 17) at 4:30 p.m. at the Mac. The same two meet the following day at 5:45 p.m.