Hockey regular season ends with crosstown rivalry
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.