Chugiak falls to Lathrop in opening round at state
Lathrop’s Anders Carlson scored with 8.7 seconds left in regulation to lift the Malemutes past Chugiak 4-3 on Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA Alaska Class 4A State Hockey Championships at the Menard Center in Wasilla.
“Anytime a game is settled in the last nine seconds, that’s a good hockey game,” Mustangs’ head coach Rod Wild said.
Chugiak will play the loser of tonight’s game between Dimond and Wasilla on Friday at 10:15 a.m.
Chugiak’s top line of Kris Tomazevic, Josh Smith and Tyler Painter accounted for all of the Mustangs’ offense. Each linemate scored a goal, and Tomazevic added two assists and Smith had one.
Lathrop’s depth was difficult for Chugiak to contend with, Wild said.
“It’s hard when you get all of your offensive output from one line,” he said.
After falling behind 1-0 less than four minutes into the game, Tomazevic scored the equalizer for Chugiak 33 seconds later.
Painter buried a close-range, power-play goal past Lathrop netminder Ian Morey two and a half minutes into the second period to give Chugiak a 2-1 lead.
Smith found the back of the net three minutes later.
Smith took a feed from Tomazevic, split Lathrop’s defenders and slid the puck past Morey to put the Mustangs up by two.
Morey was pulled after Smith’s tally.
Lathrop’s Jacob Wolter scored his second power-play goal of the game 1:12 after Smith’s tally to cut the lead to 3-2.
Lathrop tied the game midway through the third.
Lathrop threw 39 shots at Chugiak senior netminder Joey Lindquist, more than doubling the Mustangs’ total of 18.
The experience of state will be a huge benefit to next year’s team, Wild said. The Mustangs last made the state tournament in 2009.
Though Chugiak will lose Lindquist and three senior defensemen (Zach Johanson, Chad Peterson and Brady Sizelove), the Mustangs’ entire offensive lineup will be returning.
“We don’t lose a single forward,” Wild said.
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Malemutes 4, Mustangs 3
Chugiak 1 2 0 — 3
Lathrop 1 1 2 — 4
First period — 1. Lathrop, Wolter (Blankenship), pp, 3:47. 2. Chugiak, Tomazevic (un), 4:20. Penalties — Chugiak 2 for 4:00; Lathrop 1 for 2:00.
Second period — 3. Chugiak, Painter (Tomazevic, Smith), pp, 2:37. 4. Chugiak, Smith (Tomazevic), 5:33. 5. Lathrop, Wolter (Nilson, Carlson), pp, 6:45. Penalties — Chugiak 4 for 16:00; Lathrop 1 for 2:00.
Third period — 6. Lathrop, Ramaker (Nilson, Carlson), 7:26. 7. Lathrop, Carlson (Nilson), 14:52. Penalties — Chugiak 1 for 2:00.
Shots — Chugiak 5-9-4 — 18; Lathrop 12-10-17 — 39.
Goalies — Chugiak, Lindquist (39 shots, 35 saves); Lathrop, Morey (11 shots, 8 saves), Brown (7 shots, 7 saves).