PREP PUCKS: Mustangs race past Cougars, Wolves go 1-2 in Palmer

Monday, December 4, 2017 - 19:20
  • Chugiak’s Riley Lindberg races Service’s Zack Leety for the puck during the Mustangs’ 7-3 win over the Cougars on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Jacob Kosinski tries to corral a Service player during the Mustangs’ 7-3 win over the Cougars on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Luke Momblow celebrates after scoring a first-period goal in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Luke Momblow races for the puck during the Mustangs’ 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Red-hot goaltending and a buzzer-beating finish highlighted a pivotal first period in Chugiak’s 7-3 win over Service on Friday, Nov. 10 at the McDonald Center.

Chugiak goalie Riley Fugere stopped all 22 shots he faced in the period, and Luke Momblow scored with 0.0 seconds on the clock as the Mustangs raced out to a 3-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Chugiak was never threatened from that point on, going up 4-0 early in the second period on a goal by Danny Casey.

The Mustangs added a Momblow goal and two by Grant Epple in the third to finish the scoring. George Kerr and Jarrett Beckett also goals for Chugiak, which got three assists each from Tyler Huffer and Riley Lindberg.

Fugere finished with 32 saves for Chugiak, which improved to 2-2-2 overall.

Kellen Harris scored two goals for Service, which got 25 saves from Kevin Taunton.

Wolves go 1-2 in Palmer

Eagle River sandwiched a pair of one-goal losses around a rout of the tournament hosts at the Palmer Hockey Tournament Nov. 9-11 at the MTA Events Center in Palmer.

Homer claimed a come-from-behind win over the Wolves in Thursday’s opener, scoring twice in the third period after the Wolves took a 3-2 lead on Tucker Lien’s unassisted goal two minutes into the period. The Mariners tied things on a Tim Blakely goal with 8:14 left to play, then went ahead for good on a strike by Isaiah Nevak.

Austin Linn and Nick Silance scored for Eagle River, which was outshot 43-21 and got 39 saves from Ryan Gray.

The Wolves rallied in Friday’s game against the host Moose, getting a hat trick from Ty McEnaney to go with goals by Lien and Michael Maddox in a 5-1 victory.

Wolves goalie Chandler Annis stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn the win.

In Saturday’s finale, Wasilla outshot Eagle River 43-19 en route to a 2-1 win at the MTA Center.

Gray stopped 41 of those shots, but the Wolves were unable to rally after Wasilla took a 2-0 lead into the third period on goals by Holden Wiltfong and Hayden Masterson.

Lien’s third goal in three games cut the lead to 2-1 with 5:25 left, but Wasilla goalie Alex Engan made 13 saves of his 18 saves in the final frame to secure the win. The loss dropped Eagle River to 2-3-1 on the season.

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