Eagle River hockey gets first CIC win of season
Eagle River High hockey notched its first Cook Inlet Conference win of the season with a 7-4 victory over Bartlett on Dec. 15 at the McDonald Center.
At 1-3-2, the Wolves are currently in sixth place in the CIC — three points behind fifth-place Chugiak — as the teams head into the holiday break.
Dimond (9-0) is the top CIC team and leads second-place Service (7-1) by four points.
Carter Jesiel led Eagle River with a hat trick against Bartlett. Addie Platt had two goals and Jesse Johnson and Brett Wood each scored one for the Wolves.
Eagle River’s quick lead didn’t last long. Bartlett responded with a goal 33 seconds after Jesiel’s first tally early in the first period. Jesse Johnson and Jesiel scored two and a half minutes apart to give Eagle River a 3-1 lead after the first.
Bartlett’s Joel Johnson made it a one-goal game when he buried a penalty shot past Eagle River netminder Justin Lopez to start the second. Jesiel, who finished with four points, scored less than two minutes later.
Bartlett made it a one-goal game again midway through the second. Platt, who also finished with four points, put Eagle River back up by two just over a minute later.
Joel Johnson’s second goal five minutes into the third made it 5-4 in favor of Eagle River. Bartlett never gave up during the back-and-forth affair, Wolves head coach Kirby Senden said.
“They’re like the Energizer Bunny,” he said. “They just keep coming.”
Platt sealed the victory for Eagle River when he scored with 2:44 to go. Wood found an open Platt on the back door, and he buried it past Bartlett goalie Justin Driskell to give the Wolves a two-goal cushion.
The team — and Platt — breathed a little easier after the insurance goal.
“It was nice — relief I suppose,” Platt said.
Wood scored 51 seconds after Platt to put Eagle River up by three and secure the win.
The Golden Bears’ intensity allowed them to stay in the game, Platt said.
“We were just getting outworked,” he said.
Eagle River finally started playing as a team in the third, Platt said, which led to its late-game goals.
“We started to move the puck better,” he said.
Eagle River is off until Jan. 4 when it resumes action against Dimond at 6:45 p.m. at Ben Boeke. Senden said the time off will allow the Wolves to enter the second half of the season with fresh legs.
“It’s good to get away and take a break,” he said.
Beating rival Chugiak and West Anchorage is on the team’s to-do list in 2012, Platt said. Eagle River skated to a 2-2 tie with West on Nov. 9 and a 1-1 draw Nov. 17 against the Mustangs.
Success in the final part of the season will hinge on playing all 45 minutes of every game, Platt said.
“We’ve got to come out and play a full three periods,” he said. “We need to motivate ourselves.”
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