JASON COOMBS

Eagle River High School shut out Homer High School 10-0 on Jan. 9th at the Harry J McDonald Center.

Wolves goalie Jerimiah Clark had the shutout stopping all 11 shots on goal that came at him. Clark has been used as the backup goalie for their starter Trent Burnham who is a junior. Clark, who was also the quarterback for the Wolves earlier in the season, is hoping to play for UAF when he graduates later this year. Clark is 4-1 in net this season and has allowed just five goals with 52 saves.

The Chugiak Mustangs were able to shut out the Homer Mariners 3-0 Jan. 8 at the Harry J. McDonald Center in a game full of Mustang penalties.

Zachary Plucinski was part of the assist that gave Mustang forward Grant Epple the final goal, and drew first blood for the Mustangs when he scored the first goal of the game in the first period 7:46 into the game.

Epple scored the final goal with16 seconds left in the game.

The Harry J. McDonald Center was full of fans from both Eagle River and Chugiak on Dec. 5 when over 330 tickets were sold that night before the Wolves were able to scratch and claw out a victory against their rivals 3-2 to have a record of 10-2-1.

The entire night was loud, and full of energy by all the fans. Many of the people who arrived after the puck was dropped were forced to stand and watch.

Coming off a victory against Bartlett High, Chugiak High defeated Eagle River High 46-38 Dec. 4 in the highly anticipated meeting between the neighbor schools. Mustang Dawson Budke was not wrestling in the match, due to a nasty sprain he suffered from the previous match against Bartlett.

The match started out with Eagle River taking the lead with Grant Burningham pinning Mustang Lane Varnadoe in 3:18 at 132 pounds. The Wolves continued this lead with Thomas LePlante pinning Jared Reed of CHS in 1:57 at 138 pounds.

The Chugiak Mustangs outwrestled the Service Cougars 48-27 Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Service. The Mustangs were able to win most of the matches for the varsity, showing some improvement for the team since the start of the season. CHS also had five victories by forfeit.

Mustang senior Blake Johnston said, “It was a good meet, and the team was able to get a big win that we worked hard all week to achieve. I think we are one of the better teams this year, and if we can keep working hard and keep improving we could go far this season.”

Four players scored twice and seven others scored once on Saturday, Nov. 21, to power Eagle River’s 15-1 nonconference hockey win over Kenai at the McDonald Center.

Sutton McDonald, Joshua Linn, Michael Maddox and Bret Jedlicki each scored two goals for the Wolves.

Jeramiah Clark stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced in goal for Eagle River, keeping the Wolves’ record undefeated (5-0-1). Kenai spoiled the shutout bid with Stefan Gulosa’s goal with seven seconds left in the game.

The girls hockey season got underway last Thursday, Nov. 19, with a buzz due to some huge news that Dick’s Sporting Goods donated $200,000 that will allow girls high school hockey to continue in Alaska for another three seasons.

Eagle River was defeated by South Tuesday night Nov. 17, 79-6, in a Cook Inlet Conference dual wrestling meet at Eagle River High School. Eagle River had one victory during the meet, from sophomore Collin Blank at 98 pounds when he defeated Levi Mancari by pin fall in 2:19.

Eagle River head coach Chris Ruggels said, “I know the score doesn’t show it, but I think the guys did a good job holding their own against South. Their team is stacked, with a few returning state champions, and they have a great coach.”

Saturday Nov. 14 was a beautiful clear day, a perfect day to do a charity run in subzero temperatures at Eagle River High School for 10-year-old Maddy Brandl. Donations are still coming in, but as of Nov. 17 the event had raised more than $16,000.

Nov. 14 marked one year since doctors discovered a tumor in her left ovary the size of a cantaloupe. Treatment has been expensive. When Maddy was first diagnosed her family didn’t have insurance. She had to have surgery to remove the tumor, her left ovary and a fallopian tube.

The Chugiak Mustangs were defeated by Service in overtime 3-2 when Jack Martensen’s overtime goal gave the Cougars the win last Thursday, Nov. 12, at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.

The game was a Cook Inlet Conference hockey game, and Martensen scored the winning goal with less than two minutes left in the overtime period. Assisting on the goal were Zach Pinkley and Luke Martensen, who is Jack’s brother.

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