Wolves rally to ice T-birds in CIC hockey clash

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 18:39
  • Eagle River’s Nat Nielsen takes a slap shot during the Wolves’ 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over East on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Eagle River stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a dramatic 4-3 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win Tuesday over East at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Ty McEnanay scored the game-winner with 1:16 left off an assist from Michael Maddox to lift the Wolves to victory in their first game back from the holiday break.

East led 1-0 after the first period and went up 2-0 on a power-play goal by Nicholas Eddens early in the second. But the Wolves’ rally started just 34 seconds later when McEnaney beat Lane Fox off an assist from Ian Newman. Eagle River equalized later in the period when Marshall Yeargan scored with assistance from Sal Demma and Nick Silance. East took a 3-2 lead into the second intermission when Chase Solberg scored his second goal of the game with 4:22 left in the second.

McEnaney and Maddox furnished the helpers on Nat Nielsen’s game-tying goal with 8:15 left as the Wolves hounded Fox in the final period. Eagle River outshot the Thunderbirds 37-22 in the game, including a 16-5 advantage in the third.

Brendan Whetsell made 19 saves to backstop the win for Eagle River, which improved to 4-7-0 in the CIC. Fox stopped 33 shots in the loss for East (1-9-0).

The Wolves play nonconference West Valley on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center. The team returns to conference play Saturday, Jan. 13 with 7:15 p.m. contest against Bartlett at the Mac.

Dimond 5, Chugiak 0

Chugiak had no answer for second-place Dimond, which got goals from five different players in a 5-0 CIC hockey win Tuesday at Ben Boeke.

Gavan Hardy, Blake Hausinger, Brenden Anaruk, Sean Casey and Dawson Thompson scored for the Lynx (10-2-0), who got 24 saves from Hunter Katness.

Riley Fugere stopped 24 shots for Chugiak (4-5-0). The Mustangs play East Friday, Jan. 12 at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke before heading to Wasilla for a nonconference clash Jan. 16 against the Warriors at 7 p.m. at the Brett Ice Arena.

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