Handily defeating the West Eagles by a 63-38 margin last Thursday night gave Chugiak coach Ryan Hales plenty of opportunity to rest his Lady Mustangs starters in the second half as the regular season heads into its final two weeks.
Led by Eva Palmer’s 20 and Chasity Horn’s 16, the Lady Mustangs outscored West 20-3 in the third quarter to blow open the game.
Chugiak (14-6, 7-3) has a solid hold on the third seed in the Cook Inlet Conference after beating Eagle River 52-5 the next night before losing to East 58-44 on Saturday.
A beautiful if frosty morning with a temperature of -10 degrees greeted nearly 100 fat bike enthusiasts as they wound their way through Saturday’s Icy River Rampage, a 10-mile loop at the Eagle River Nature Center this past Saturday.
Shadows and sun played across the course as the surrounding peaks blocked the late morning’s warmth from reaching Eagle River’s frozen surface during most of the race, an annual fund raiser for the center.
Chugiak center Daniel Casey won the opening faceoff and without taking a stride fired the puck at the Service net for the first shot game Monday night.
The puck bounced off Cougar goalie Kevin Taunton and skittered harmlessly away. That was as about good as it got for the Mustangs in the opening period of their first round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs.
This year’s incredible spring weather has allowed increased access to local glaciers and lakes, by all manner of vehicles, four wheelers, snow machines, cross-country skiers and the ubiquitous fat bikers.
As they often do, Eagle River hockey parents Melanie Linn and Debbie Rinckey placed a banner on the McDonald Center glass Saturday prior to the day’s hockey game, then headed to the stands to watch.
What was unusual was that Linn would be watching two sons play for the Wolves varsity that day. With Austin’s call up from JV, Linn would soon watch team captain Josh and younger brother Austin play varsity together.