Mustang hockey turns things around
In their first meeting of the season, East skated circles around Chugiak, humiliating the Mustangs with a 7-0 thrashing.
Not this time around.
Chugiak scored three power play goals and Joey Lindquist came up with 31 saves as the Mustangs avenged their previous loss with a tense 3-2 win at the McDonald Center in Eagle River on Tuesday, Dec. 6.
“Lot better than last time,” said Chugiak coach Rod Wild.
Wild credited his defense with doing a better job of helping Lindquist out and limiting second-chance opportunities.
“Joey had a chance to see all the shots,” Wild said.
Wild said his young team has come a long way in a short amount of time, and credited his players for putting in the time needed to improve.
“Hard work goes a long ways in high school hockey,” he said.
East’s Alex Jackstadt opened the scoring with a first-period goal, but Chugiak quickly answered on a Ted Walters tally off assists from Sam Hanson and Connor Hetzel.
The Mustangs got two scores in the second period, both with East defenseman Tarini Tosi in the penalty box. Chad Peterson scored with 11:48 off assists from Geramy Hanson and Josh Smith, and Sam Hanson got the eventual game winner at the 3:06 mark. The goal came off a steal and feed from Hunter Hanson, who nicked the puck from an East player and slid a perfect feed in front of the T-Birds goal.
Wild said he’s hopeful the Mustangs can continue building on their momentum heading into the Christmas break and believes his team will continue to work hard rather than coasting into the break.
“I think they understand it’s a continuing process of getting better every night,” he said.
Chugiak has three non conference games on their upcoming schedule — including tonight’s match-up against Lathrop — before wrapping up 2011 with a clash against Dimond on Dec. 16.
Service 12, Eagle River 0
Service’s Aaron McInnis exploded for five goals — three in the first period — as the Cougars handed Eagle River a 12-0 loss on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Ben Boeke Arena.
West Valley 4, Eagle River 1
Visiting West Valley tallied three goals in the third period to hand Eeagle River a 4-1 non conference defeat on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the McDonald Center.
Todd Hallsten had two goals for the Wolfpack, which never trailed.
Eagle River’s Carter Jesiel cut the lead to 2-1 with a goal off a Brett Wood assist with just under 10 minutes left in the game. But West Valley picked up two scores in the final five minutes to ice the game.
Goalie Justin Lopez made 17 saves for the Wolves, which didn’t commit a penalty in the game.
Service-East 4, CER 1
Autumn Sperry scored the lone goal for Chugiak-Eagle River in a 4-1 loss to Service-East on Dec. 2 at Ben Boeke.