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The Wolves can howl for another year.

For the second straight season, Eagle River won its two-game, regular season series against crosstown rival Chugiak with a 7-4 victory Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The two skated to a 1-1 tie their first meeting Nov. 17, 2011. Eagle River beat Chugiak for the first time in school history last season by sweeping the Mustangs with two one-goal wins. 

“I feel like the tides might be turning a little bit,” Wolves’ captain Stephen Wescott said.

Garrett Morrison and Dominic Taus are double trouble.

Chugiak’s Morrison and Eagle River’s Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.

But there’s still plenty of work left ahead.

“It’s a pretty good feeling, but the state tournament’s all that matters,” Taus said.

South ended Eagle River’s hockey season with a 5-0 win Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.

The Wolverines blanked Eagle River in all three meetings this season.

Head coach Kirby Senden praised the effort his team put forth against the Wolverines.

“We came out and competed with South really well,” he said.

The Wolves, who played most of the season with just 12 skaters, battled despite their short bench, Senden said.

“I was proud of them,” he said.

Sometimes a bad break can turn into a golden opportunity.

Trailing East 2-0 in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey playoffs on Jan. 31 at the McDonald Center, Chugiak found itself on the verge of catastrophe when the T-Birds were awarded a second-period penalty shot after the Mustangs’ Chad Peterson was judged to have covered the puck in the Chugiak crease.

But when East’s Alex Jackstadt was stoned by Chugiak goalie Joey Lindquist on the freebie, the Mustangs’ stampede began.

Chugiak captain Josh Smith scored on a breakaway 39 seconds into the second overtime period to lead the Mustangs to a dramatic 3-2 win over East in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament at the McDonald Center in Eagle River Tuesday night.

Mustangs senior goalie Joey Lindquist made 38 saves in the game, including a penalty shot midway through the second period with the T-Birds already up 2-0.

Game on.

The future of the prep hockey season comes down to single game tonight for Chugiak and Eagle River.

The No. 5 Mustangs open their Cook Inlet Conference tournament with a 7:15 p.m. battle with No. 4 East at the McDonald Center, while the no. 6 Wolves will face No. 3 South at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke.

The stakes are high in the opening round in the tourney — and simple. Win, and a team is guaranteed a berth in the semifinals and one of the CIC's four berths in next week's state tournament. Lose, and the only guarantee is an end early-morning practices. 

The Wolves have done it again.

For the second straight year, Eagle River won its two-game, regular season series against crosstown rival Chugiak with a 7-4 victory Saturday, Jan. 28 at the McDonald Center.

The two skated to a 1-1 tie their first meeting Nov. 17, 2011. Eagle River beat Chugiak for the first time in school history last season by sweeping the Mustangs with two one-goal wins.  

“I feel like the tides might be turning a little bit,” Wolves’ captain Stephen Wescott said.

Chugiak’s Garrett Morrison and Eagle River’s Dominic Taus each earned their second consecutive Cook Inlet Conference wrestling titles on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Chugiak High. The two seniors were joined at the top of the podium by Chugiak sophomore Richard Burroughs, who claimed a narrow 8-7 finals win over Service’s Derek Zorea at 220 pounds for his first CIC title.

Chugiak finished fourth in the team standings. Eagle River was sixth.

Brett Wood had a hat trick and three assists to lead Eagle River to a 7-5 win over Bartlett on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Carter Jesiel added two goals and an assist for the Wolves, who also got goals from Bryan Grant and Quinn Hulse.

The victory clinched the No. 6 seed in the upcoming CIC tournament for Eagle River. The Wolves will play No. 3 South on Tuesday, Jan. 31 — time and rink TBA.

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