Hockey regular season ends with crosstown rivalry
Wolves, Mustangs to meet Saturday at the Mac
STAR PHOTO by MIKE NESPER Eagle River’s Quinn Hulse brings the puck into West Valley’s zone Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Mac. Eagle River plays Chugiak on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River in the final regular season game for both teams.
Eagle River will have more than bragging rights on the line when it meets Chugiak on the ice Saturday, Jan. 26.
Led by a pair of goals by Brett Wood, the Wolves beat West (6-6-1) 3-1 on Tuesday, Jan. 22 to tie East at 5-8 in the conference.
Should the Wolves win and the T-Birds lose their regular season finales — East plays West on Friday — Eagle River would secure fifth place going into the Cook Inlet Conference tournament.
“That’s gonna be big,” Wolves’ head coach Bill Comer said. “Every game here on out is a playoff game.”
The seventh-place Mustangs (3-8-1) play No. 2 Dimond (11-1) today (Jan. 24) at Ben Boeke at 6:45 p.m. Chugiak needs wins in its final two games to leapfrog Eagle River in the standings.
Chugiak hasn’t beaten its crosstown rival in more than two years, going 0-4-1 the past five games.
The puck drops Saturday at the McDonald Center at 7:15 p.m.
Chugiak 5, Kenai 3
Kris Tomazevic factored in on each of Chugiak’s goals — racking up four goals and an assist — as the Mustangs downed nonconference Kenai Central 5-3 on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Taylor Garners scored Chugiak’s other goal and added two assists. Adam Groendyke recorded three helpers for Chugiak.
W. Valley 4, Eagle River 1
Quinn Hulse scored the Wolves’ only goal in a 4-1 loss to nonconference West Valley on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Mac.
Soldotna 5, Chugiak 1
Taylor Garner scored Chugiak’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to nonconference Soldotna on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Eagle River 4, Lathrop 1
Brett Wood led Eagle River with a pair of goals past nonconference Lathrop 4-1 at the Mac on Friday, Jan. 18.
Jesse Johnson and Addie Platt also scored for Eagle River.
Dimond 7, Eagle River 1
Dimond cruised to a 7-1 CIC win over Eagle River on Jan. 16 at Ben Boeke.
Dimond-West 4, CER 2
Holly Linder and Kelly Ireland scored goals for Chugiak-Eagle River in its 4-2 loss to Dimond-West on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Mac. CER ends its regular season today (Jan. 24) against Service-East at Ben Boeke at 5:15 p.m.
Fairbanks 8, CER 0
For a second straight day, CER managed just three total shots on net in an 8-0 loss to nonconference Fairbanks on Friday, Jan. 18 at the Mac. Arika Mercer made 30 saves for CER.
Fairbanks 6, CER 0
Visiting Fairbanks cruised to a 6-0 win over CER on Jan. 17 at the Mac.
Dimond-West 7, CER 2
Autumn Sperry scored both goals in CER’s 7-2 loss to Dimond-West on Jan. 16 at Ben Boeke.