Chugiak opens CIC hockey tourney with a win; Wolves, Mustangs in action Tuesday

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - 12:21
  • Chugiak’s Wyatt Young fires a slap shot during the Mustangs’ 10-1 win over East in the first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Chugiak opened the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs with a full head of steam, knocking off No. 7 seed East Monday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The win advanced the Mustangs to the second round, where they will face No. 3 seed Dimond at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage. Also Tuesday, No. 4 seed Eagle River will open postseason tournament play against Service at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

The top five (and as many as six) of the eight CIC teams will qualify for the state playoffs. The winners of Tuesday’s games automatically qualify for state and will play in the CIC tournament semifinals on Thursday, while Tuesday’s losers will play in the fifth-place game Friday.

Against East Monday, Wyatt Young’s goal with 8:16 left in the first period opened the floodgates for the Mustangs, who added six more goals to take a 7-0 lead by the time the first intermission rolled around.

Barrett Pelant scored four goals while Luke Momblow and Jarett Beckett each notched four assists for the Mustangs, who got one goal each from Young, Beckett, Keyan Breivogel, Tyler Huffer, Joe Joe Tapley and Tanner Ebersole.

Rachel Symmes stopped 11 of the 12 shots she faced in net for the Mustangs.

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