Mustangs reach CIC semis, clinch state hockey bid
Chugiak reached the semifinals of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 31, with a 7-1 win over East in a first-round clash at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The second-seeded Mustangs got a hat trick from John Hammer as well as goals by Andrew Beckett, Zach Plucinski, Zach Krajnik and Kyle Benson in the win, which also clinched a berth in the state tournament for Chugiak.
Eric Yancey made 11 saves in the win for Chugiak, which advanced to a Thursday, Feb. 2 semifinal match-up at 7:15 p.m. against Dimond at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. The sixth-seeded Lynx knocked off No. 3 seed West 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Tuesday's game was tied 0-0 after the first period, but the Mustangs broke things open in the second with four goals in the final 6:10 of the period.
CIC hockey tournament
Monday, Jan. 30
(1) South 17, (8) Bartlett 2
(5) Eagle River 2, (4) Service 1 (2OT)
Tuesday, Jan. 31
(6) Dimond 1, (3) West 0
(2) Chugiak 7, (7) East 1
Thursday, Feb. 2
South vs. Eagle River, 6:30 p.m., Ben Boeke Ice Arena, Anchorage
Chugiak vs. Dimond, 7:15 p.m., McDonald Center, Eagle River