Eagle River shuts out Homer with 10-0 domination
Eagle River High School shut out Homer High School 10-0 on Jan. 9th at the Harry J McDonald Center.
Wolves goalie Jerimiah Clark had the shutout stopping all 11 shots on goal that came at him. Clark has been used as the backup goalie for their starter Trent Burnham who is a junior. Clark, who was also the quarterback for the Wolves earlier in the season, is hoping to play for UAF when he graduates later this year. Clark is 4-1 in net this season and has allowed just five goals with 52 saves.
The victory pushed the Eagle River (11-2-1) win streak to six games after the Wolves defeated South High 2-1 earlier in the week.
Five of the 10 Wolves goals came in the third period. Wolves defenseman Connor Canterbury scored 5 goals and had 2 assists in this high scoring game.
He showed Homer why he is one of the more feared forwards in the league with his good judgment where to be when the pucks were passed to him. Eagle River’s Ben Rickey Sutton McDonald each scored two goals with Bret Jedicki adding one.
Eagle River’s Anthony Fan had a two-minute penalty for head contact in the second period. The Wolves also were penalized for having too many men on the ice, and Dagan Mullins had a third period penalty for roughing to give the Mariners three power plays which they were not able to utilize and score any goals.
Mariners defenseman Daniel West had two penalties in the second period for tripping, and the third period for cross-checking. Riley Swanson had a busy night as the Mariners goalie facing a total of 33 shots on goal and 10 of them were able to get past him.
Eagle River is going to be playing in the playoffs soon, starting Feb. 1. It will be exciting to see which Eagle River team will be able to finish on top. Chugiak Mustangs and the Eagle River Wolves have both had lots of success in their divisions, and are evenly matched between each other.
The biggest issue for both teams is to try to get an upper hand when the players are familiar with each other because they have played in the same hockey leagues for so many years together.