Bartlett 68, Chugiak 53
Chugiak fell to 0-7 in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 68-53 loss to Bartlett on Jan. 31 at Chugiak.
Jal Rial had 11 points to lead Bartlett, which got scoring from 10 different players.
Marquis Spearman led all scorers with 12 points for Chugiak, which also got 11 from Skyler Fullmer, nine from Payton Fullmer and eight from Ryan Harris.
Dimond 69, Eagle River 44
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.
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.
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.