Red-hot goaltending and a buzzer-beating finish highlighted a pivotal first period in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10 at the McDonald Center.
Chugiak goalie Riley Fugere stopped all 22 shots he faced in the period, and Luke Momblow scored with 0.0 seconds on the clock as the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Chugiak was never threatened from that point on, going up 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Danny Casey.
One of the cold realities of high school hockey in Alaska is good things don’t often last long, and such is the case with both Chugiak and Eagle River this season as each team will strive to find new identities after historic success a season ago.
Despite not being quite 100 percent, the Chugiak girls swimming and diving team still managed to grab fourth place on Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.
“We did a good job of working together and helping each other out,” said CHS coach Anne Williams, whose girls team scored 37 points to finish tied with South.
Wasilla played its second overtime draw in less than a week Friday night, skating to a 2-2 tie with Eagle River at the McDonald Center.
The Warriors also tied Chugiak last Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Mac.
Friday’s contest was a back-and-forth affair, with the Warriors taking the lead on an Alex Engan power play goal with six minutes to play in the period, and the Wolves tying things up on a shorthanded strike from Ty McEnaney on a Tucker Lien assist just before the first intermission.
Chugiak’s Izzy Powers and Eagle River’s John Heaphy each won two individual events Saturday to lead their teams to third-place finishes at the Cook Inlet Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Bartlett High.
Powers won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle for the Chugiak girls, and also teamed with Cheyenne Burke, Addison Morgan and Leslie Cockreham to win the girls’ 200 medley relay. Burke and Morgan also earned automatic state meet berths with individual victories — Burke in the 100 backstroke and Morgan in the 100 breaststroke.