Friday night lights — hockey style — as local squads prep for big showdowns
It’ll be Friday night lights hockey style this Friday, Jan. 17 as rivals Chugiak and Eagle River face off for the second time this season and the Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team (finally) plays in the Alaska Girls Winter Classic.
The Mustangs knocked off the Wolves 5-3 in their first meeting last month. The 7:15 p.m. contest at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River is crucial for both teams in the Cook Inlet Conference standings, where the third-place Mustangs are 5-4-0 — just ahead of the 4-4-1 Wolves.
Eagle River enters the game coming off a successful nonconference road trip to Juneau, while Chugiak had won three straight CIC games heading into a Thursday game against Service. Friday’s game will be the second of three straight CIC games for Chugiak, which also plays Dimond on Saturday.
Also Friday, the long-delayed Alaska Girls Winter Classic will get underway at p.m. Friday at 6 p.m. at the outdoor rinks at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage, where Chugiak/Eagle River (3-4-0) will face South/Bartlett (5-1-1) and Dimond/West (4-2-1) will play Service/East (1-6-0).
The second-annual event featuring all four Anchorage girls high school teams was delayed earlier this year due to weather. The event will feature food trucks, fire pits and a family skate.
For more information, check out the event page on Facebook.
Girls come up short
A late Chugiak/Eagle River comeback effort came up just short Friday night as the girls hockey team dropped a 4-3 Anchorage Girls Hockey League decision to Service/East at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.
Service/East got out to a 3-0 lead after two periods on two goals by Brylee Carter and one by Sydney Leonard.
But Chugiak/Eagle River stormed back in the third, getting goals by Daphne Gray and Rian Runyan to cut the lead to 3-2 early in the third period. Service/East added an insurance goal by Leonard with 5:28 to play, with Runyan’s second strike of the game providing the final score.
Charlotte Kottarchuk assisted on Runyan’s first goal and Gray assisted on her second; Gray’s goal was unassisted.
Julia Woolsey made 20 saves on 24 shots for Chugiak/Eagle River, while Lenaya Braniff stopped 13 of 16 for Service/East.
Eagle River sweeps Juneau
Eagle River returned from Southeast Alaska with a pair of nonconference hockey victories over Juneau-Douglas.
Tucker Lien scored twice in the second game of the two-game series, a 5-1 victory Saturday. Lien’s back-to-back goals to open the first period were followed by a power-play strike from Xavier Schwin to close out the period. Second-period goals by Jacob Whetsel and Hudson Howard made it 5-0 going into the third.
With the wins, Eagle River improved to 10-4-1 overall this season.
Gavin McDonald and Dylan Bender each had two assists for Eagle River, which got 15 saves from Aiden Bruno. Walter Sorrell, Aaron James and Gunnar Sackerson also notched assists.
Ethan Welch scored Juneau’s lone goal with 12:21 left in the third period.
The Wolves opened the trip with a 5-3 win Friday.
McDonald had two goals and Dylan Bender, Tay Kurpius and Xavier Schwin scored one each for the Wolves. Aaron James had two assists and Kurpius, Walter Sorrell, Lien and Hudson each had one.
Reid Harbison stopped 11 of 14 shots in net for the Wolves.
Warriors stymie Mustangs
Wasilla never trailed in its 6-3 nonconference road win at Chugiak Saturday night at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The Warriors led 1-0 after the first period on a power-play goal by Brendan Woolcott and went up 2-0 early in the second on a strike by Colin Goff. Chugiak briefly closed the gap to 2-1 when Luke Momblow scored off a Tyler Huffer assist, but Wasilla took a 3-1 lead into the second intermission on the first of two goals by Dylan Harbour. Michael Schachle added two third-period goals for the Warriors, who play in the North Star Conference.
Barrett Pelant and Jarett Beckett scored late goals for Chugiak to provide the final margin. Momblow and Huffer each had two assists for Chugiak, which got 22 saves from Rachel Symmes.
Chugiak returns to Cook Inlet Conference play Thursday, Jan. 16 with a 4:30 p.m. clash against Service at Ben Boeke.
Chugiak gallops past East
Chugiak came out hungry after its holiday break, feasting on the East Thunderbirds in a 17-2 Cook Inlet Conference boys hockey rout Thursday night at the McDonald Center.
Barrett Pelant scored four goals for Chugiak, which got three from Luke Momblow and Jarett Beckett, two from Keyan Breivogel and Tyler Huffer; and one from Joe Joe Tapley, Aidean McCormick and Aidan McEwen.
Beckett notched six assists for Chugiak, which also got four helpers from McEwen and three each from Pelant, Momblow and Tapley.
Daegen Love stopped eight of 10 shots to earn the win in net for Chugiak, which host Wasilla in a nonconference clash Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center.
Thursday, Jan. 16
Chugiak vs. Service, Ben Boeke, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17
Chugiak/Eagle River girls vs. Service/East, Mulcahy Stadium, 4 p.m.
Chugiak vs. Eagle River, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18
Chugiak vs. Dimond, Ben Boeke, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 23
West at Chugiak, McDonald Center, 5:15 p.m.
Bartlett at Eagle River, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.