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.
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.
Eagle River bowlers posted two of the week’s top three individual scores for the second consecutive week en route to an Anchorage Scholastic Bowling League sweep at the Eagle River Bowl.
Allison Szewczyk rolled a match-best 216 to lead the Eagle River girls to a 35-0 win over South, while Brendan Iaulualo had a 215 to help the Eagle River boys to a 28-7 win over South. Both teams are undefeated this season.
Spring Harris posted a 205 for the Eagle River girls, who have won four of the last five league titles and the past two in a row.
The Chugiak boys claimed three of the top nine spots at the Bartlett 2X2X2 cross country skiing relay races Wednesday at the Bartlett High trails.
Max Beiergrohslein and Michael Earnhart claimed third place in the A boys relay, in which each member of the two-person teams skied two relay legs. Earnhart’s overall time was the day’s fourth fastest behind West’s Maxime Germaine and the service duo of Eli Hermanson and Alex Maurer, who combined to win the boys relay. Germain and teammate Everett Cason were third.
Jarett Beckett needed less than six minutes to score a natural hat trick Wednesday, leading the Chugiak Mustangs to a 3-1 Cook Inlet Conference win over Service at Ben Boeke Ice Arena.
Beckett’s goal rush started 90 seconds into the game when he scored off a Chris Kennedy assist. He racked an unassisted goal 61 seconds later, then added a power play tally with 9:32 left in the period — making it three goals in a span of 3 minutes, 58 seconds.
Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg added assists for Chugiak, which improved to 8-3 in the CIC.
Eagle River’s boys and girls basketball teams took a pair of Cook Inlet Conference defeats to South Wednesday at Eagle River High.
Grace Harder had a game-high 16 points in the Wolves’ 48-35 loss to the Wolverines. Eagle River (0-2 CIC) outscored South 21-16 in the second half. Abby Jensen scored six points for the Wolves, who also got five from Paige Sharpe.
In the nightcap, the Eagle River boys dropped a 71-55 decision to the Wolverines. The Wolves fell to 0-2 in the CIC.
Chugiak and Service split a pair of Cook Inlet Conference basketball doubleheader Friday night at Chugiak.
The Chugiak girls opened the evening with a 63-12 rout of the Cougars, with the Service boys returning the favor in a 50-34 runaway win over the Mustangs in the nightcap.
Eva Palmer scored a game-high 17 points for the Chugiak girls, which improved to 1-1 in the CIC. Layla Beam added 12 points and Chasity Horn had nine for the Mustangs, who led 44-2 after the first half and didn’t allow a field goal until the third quarter.