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Eagle River will have to overcome a tough draw at the ASAA/First National Cup Division I Alaska State Hockey Tournament, which begins Thursday at the Menard Center in Wasilla.

The fourth-seeded Wolves will face tourney host Wasilla at 7:30 p.m. in the final game of the evening. The No. 5 seed Warriors won the Mid Alaska Conference and are one of three Mat-Su teams in the tournament.

Chugiak advanced to the “Gold” bracket at the Dimond Lady Lynx Prep Shootout girls basketball tournament Wednesday night at Dimond High with a 41-38 overtime win over Lathrop.

Caitlin Wachmann scored four of her eight points in overtime and Eva Palmer was 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the extra period. Cheyenne Young led Chugiak with 11 points, Chasity Horn and Ari Lewis had seven each and Palmer scored five.

Olivia Kraska scored a game-high 14 points for the Malemutes.

The Mustangs will play West at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dimond.

Chugiak musher Kourosh Partow parlayed a home-course advantage into a dominant win Sunday on the final day of the Eagle River Classic sprint races at Beach Lake Park.

Partow’s team had the fastest run for the second day in a row, crossing the finish line more than a minute faster than Michael Tetzner in the Open Class race. Partow’s two-day time was 91 minutes, 51 seconds — nearly five minutes faster than Tetzner’s.

Gary Markley finished third overall, Bill Kornmuller was fourth, Lance Mackey finished fifth and Matt Paveglio was sixth.

Lance Mackey will never let go of the dogsled.

The Fairbanks musher endured one of the more brutal chapters of his storied mushing career Saturday at the Eagle River Classic sprint dog races after a starting line mishap in the Open Class race sent him down the trail face-first as he held onto his handlebars with all the grip his nine gnarled fingers could muster.

“It’s always something,” Mackey said through a pained grin as he crossed the finish line nearly an hour later in front of a handful of fans at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association Beach Lake Trails.

What happens when Chugiak and Eagle River get together on a chilly winter night? Everybody wins.

The Mustangs and Wolves split a spirited doubleheader at the Wolves’ Den Friday, with the CHS girls rolling over their crosstown rivals 55-17 and the Eagle River boys taking a 47-45 thriller.

“You always look forward to this game,” said Eagle River’s Ryan Adkins, who scored a team-high 14 points to lead the Wolves. “To come out on top is a really good feeling.”

Eagle River came up just short Tuesday, Jan. 29 in a 60-57 CIC boys basketball loss to Bartlett at Bartlett.

Sterling Retzlaff and Javan Walker scored 12 points each to lead Eagle River, which trailed by 10 points entering the fourth quarter. Ryan Adkins and Jordan Ronan had nine points for the Wolves, who fell to 0-4 in the conference.

Also at Bartlett, the Eagle River girls fell to 0-4 with a 66-18 loss to the Golden Bears.

Mustangs fall at Dimond

Chugiak will play for its playoff life Friday while Eagle River will look to rebound from a heartbreaking semifinal loss Friday night in the final games of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament for both teams.

The Mustangs will face West at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena for fifth place in the tourney and the CIC’s final berth in the state tournament. The Wolves will play Service for third place at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center, the site of the Wolves 3-2 triple overtime loss to Dimond Thursday night.

Chugiak/Eagle River fell to 0-2 in the Anchorage Hockey Association’s girls hockey tournament with a 5-0 shutout at the hands of South/Bartlett on Wednesday at the Dempsey-Anderson rink.

Carter Nelson made 27 saves for South/Bartlett, which improved to 2-0 in the tournament and cliched a spot in Saturday’s championship game.

Morgan Richards stopped 26 shots for Chugiak/Eagle River, which faces Service/East in the third round of the tournament Friday at 6 p.m. at Dempsey-Anderson.

Chugiak claimed seventh place at the Alaska Airlines Classic basketball tournament Saturday with a 54-49 win over Monroe Catholic at West High.

The Mustangs used a dominant fourth-quarter performance to seal the victory, outscoring the Rams 21-15 in the final eight minutes.

Owen Lewis led a balanced Chugiak offense with 13 points, Jackson Wall had 12 and Austin Harr added 10.

Chugiak led 26-19 at halftime before Monroe rallied to tie the game heading into the fourth.

Izak Lohrke scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Rams.

Tucker Lien’s shot from just inside the blue line with 3:09 left in the game completed a wild Eagle River 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference comeback victory over rival Chugiak Saturday night in Eagle River.

Lien’s shot snuck between the legs of Chugiak starter Olin Keliher and sent the Wolves’ half of a jam-packed McDonald Center into a frenzy as Lien was dog-piled by his teammates. Gavin McDonald and Logan Dudinsky assisted on the game-winner, one of three helpers for Dudinsky on the night.

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