Coach pleased with progress after subbing goalie on game night
Winless on the season in four attempts, the Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey team faced one additional hurdle Monday night: Their one and only netminder came down with the flu, and was unavailable for duty.
To another set of hockey players, this might be cause for alarm and/or depression. But Coach Ryan Suchan looked around the room, and found a volunteer in Annika Sullivan, who was willing to give it a go.
At the end the night, a 9-2 loss at the hands of the Bartlett-South squad, the girls were all smiles, rallying around their smiling teammate, happy to have endured the evening together.
“I have a bunch of volleyball players and figure skaters, so it’s a bit of a learning curve,” said Suchan. “Eighty percent of my kids have never played hockey before.”
Still, the CER girls outshot Bartlett-South 31-24, and Captain Jade Pandres scored a pair of goals for the team.
“From where we started on Day One, I am very happy and the girls are very happy,” said Suchan. “We are growing as a team.”