Mustangs take pair in Southeast
Chugiak rolls, Eagle River splits
Chugiak’s Kris Tomazevic (26) and Dillon Tomaro (24) battle for the puck as the Mustangs’ Taylor Garnor (9) moves up ice Nov. 16 at Treadwell Arena in Juneau.
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Brett Wood and Carter Jesiel each scored a goal for Eagle River on Monday, Nov. 19, but it wasn’t nearly enough against Dimond as the first-place Lynx (5-0 CIC) took a 13-2 Cook Inlet Conference win at the McDonald Center.
The Wolves fell to 2-3 in the CIC.
Chugiak sweeps Juneau
Chugiak won two straight games at Juneau Douglas on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17 to improve to 3-4 overall.
Kris Tomazevic racked up five goals to lead the Mustangs to a 7-3 win Friday before completing the sweep with a 4-0 victory Saturday.
On Friday, two first-period goals by Tomazevic put Chugiak 2-1. Taylor Garner scored an unassisted goal and Tyler Painter tickled the twine on a feed from Cody Curfman to put the ‘Stangs up 4-3 going into the final period.
Tomazevic scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to seal the win. Jonathan Banovetz assisted on the first goal, Matt Lowery on the second and Nick Fussner on the third.
On Saturday, Garner scored twice and Matt Bennett stopped all 15 shots faced to lead Chugiak.
After taking a 1-0 lead on Garner’s first tally, Chugiak increased its lead when Tomazevic scored a shorthanded goal in the second.
Garner and Adam Groendyke added late goals in the third period. Tomazevic and William Casey assisted on Garner’s second goal, while Lower and Painter had the helpers on Groendyke’s.
Chugiak hosted West on Tuesday, Nov. 20, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. The Mustangs next play Dec. 1 against East at Ben Boeke.
Eagle River 3, Bartlett 1
Brett Wood scored a hat trick to lead the Wolves past Bartlett 3-1 on Friday, Nov. 16 at Ben Boeke. It was Eagle River’s third straight win after opening the season with three losses.
“He put the team on his back,” Wolves’ head coach Bill Comer said of Wood.
Wood scored a goal in each period. Gage Nehilla and Brant Bennett assisted on his first-period tally. After an unassisted goal in the second, Wood capped his hat trick with a power-play tally in the third on assists from Jesse Johnson and Quinn Hulse.
He split two Bartlett defenders and lifted a backhand past Golden Bear’s netminder Justin Driskell to seal the victory. Wolves’ goaltender Justin Lopez only faced 11 total shots.
Comer said he was able to give the underclassmen ice time against Bartlett, which is crucial for the program as the Wolves will graduate 11 seniors from this year’s team.
Though satisfied with the outcome, the score was closer than Comer wanted. During intermission, Comer said he talked to his team about maintaining a high level of play against every opponent.
“Good teams know who they are,” he said.
Eagle River’s next game is Nov. 29 against South at Ben Boeke.
Dimond-West 10, CER 1
Holly Linder scored Chugiak-Eagle River’s lone goal in a 10-1 loss to Dimond-West on Monday, Nov. 19 at the McDonald Center. CER fell to 0-7.
CER hosted South-Bartlett on Tuesday, but a score was not available when the Star went to press. The team’s next game is at home on Nov. 27 against Mat-Su.
Mat-Su 11, CER 0
Four players scored two goals each to lead Mat-Su past Chugiak-Eagle River 11-0 on Friday, Nov. 16 in Wasilla.