Chugiak goalie unshakeable in shutout win over Wolves

Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 13:27
  • Chugiak goalie Alayna Breivogel makes one of her 28 saves during the Mustangs’ 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer, left, and Eagle River’s Ian Newman chase the puck during Chugiak’s 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Eagle River goalie Ryan Gray watches as the puck flies into the net on a goal by Chugiak’s Jarett Beckett during the second period of the Mustangs’ 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • Chugiak’s Josh Boneta celebrates with Mustangs goalie Alayna Breivogel after Breivogel made 28 saves in Chugiak’s 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)
  • A young hockey fan watches the Zamboni between periods of Chugiak’s 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over Eagle River Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

Alayna Breivogel was unshaekable in front of a rockin’ crowd Saturday night at the McDonald Center in Eagle River, stonewalling rival Eagle River with 28 saves to lead Chugiak to a 2-0 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win.

Chants of “Alayna! Alayna!” echoed throughout the barn as the junior saved her best for last, posting 11 saves during a frenetic and feisty final frame.

Breivogel has been one of the CIC’s stingiest netminders in the first half of the season, allowing just one goal in three starts while posting a 3-0 record with two shutouts and a .983 save percentage.

Penalties figured prominently in the game, with both of Chugiak’s goals coming on second-period power plays. Jarett Beckett staked the Mustangs to a lead midway through the fram after a cross-checking penalty on Ty McEnaney, and Chris Kennedy made it 2-0 four minutes later after Tucker Lien was sent off for roughing.

Eagle River lost forward for the game after a spearing call late in the first period, and both teams had players given early exits when Kennedy and Skylar Johnson picked up matching game misconduct penalties after a fight broke out late in the third.

Ryan Gray made 23 saves for the Wolves, who outshot Chugiak 28-25.

Chugiak improved to 5-2 in the ultra-tight CIC standings, atop which the Wolves (6-3) sit with 12 points through nine games played. But Chugiak (5-2), is one of five teams with 10 points and is tied for second in winning percentage behind the Wolverines — whose only loss came Friday night to Eagle River.

The game doubled as a school supply drive, with fans collecting hundreds of dollars worth of items for teachers at both schools ranging from ramen noodles to Sharpies. Eagle River’s fans came out on top in that friendly battle, narrowly outraising their friends from across the river.

Both Chugiak and Eagle River have one game remaining before the holiday break; Chugiak will look to improve on its two-game winning streak Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center against West (3-4), while Eagle River wraps 2018 Thursday at 7:15 p.m., also at the Mac.

Chugiak/Eagle River falls to Dimond/West

McKinely Gray made eight saves in the snow but it wasn’t enough as the Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team fell 3-0 to Dimond/West in the Outdoor Winter Classic played at the outdoor rink at Ben Boeke in Anchorage.

The snowy conditions made play challenging, with players standing around warming bonfires. In the opening game of the doubleheader, Service/East handed South/Bartlett a 3-2 defeat, the team’s first of the season.

Girls hockey coordinator said he hopes to make the outdoor games an annual event.

For complete standings and statistics, visit cichockey.com.

Read more about the Outdoor Winter Classic at adn.com.

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