Chugiak posts 3-0 win over Homer in penalty-filled game

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:37

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.

Mariners goalie Riley Swanson had 34 total shots on goal, and did a great job stopping most of the slap shots that came his way, but Chugiak forward Zachary Krajnik scored a third period goal with a slap shot that went right through the legs of Swanson in a quick break away.

The most concerning for Chugiak would have to be all the unneeded penalties that could have given Homer more goals having seven total power plays. Chugiak will need to figure out how to keep from giving other teams an advantage by stopping playing too aggressive.

It’s a fine line between playing aggressive, and playing dirty, which some of the opposing players were saying when asked about how the game went. Mustang Brady Linberg had three penalties from head contact and interference to cross checking giving him six minutes in the penalty box.

Daniel Casey from Chugiak had two penalties as well with a head contact and slashing. Kadin Yockey had two minutes in the third period for slashing and John Hammer got two minutes for tripping.

Homer had two total penalties both in the third period for roughing by Dimitry Kuzmin and Robby Larson got two minutes for cross checking which gave the Mustangs the power play where Epple scored the final goal of the game for Chugiak.

Chugiak basically gave Mustang goalie Jack Walters the tough task of having to keep the Mariners from scoring for 21 minutes of power plays. He was able to get a shutout which is pretty impressive and shows how much faith the Mustangs have in their backstop when he stopped all 15 shots on goal by the Mariners.

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