High school hockey teams prep for postseason play
Chugiak’s Luke Momblow and Eagle River’s Sal Demma each scored both their team’s goals in a 2-2 nonconference high school hockey tie Saturday at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The final regular season game for both squads doubled as Senior Night, with Chugiak and Eagle River seniors and their families honored between periods.
Momblow staked the Mustangs to a 1-0 lead through one period, with Demma equalizing in the second. Demma’s shorthanded goal early in the third gave the Wolves their first lead, but Momblow squared things less than five minutes later when he converted on a penalty shot.
Brenden Whetsell made 28 saves for Eagle River, including two in overtime. Chugiak’s Kylie Watts stopped 20 shots — including eight in the five-minute overtime period.
Wolves drop CIC finale
Eagle River dropped to the No. 3 seed in the Cook Inlet Conference with a 4-2 loss to West on Jan. 24 in the team’s final conference game.
Dylan Bender and Tay Kurpuis scored for the Wolves, who got 22 saves from Ryan Gray.
Eagle River finished 9-5 in the CIC and opens the tournament Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center against the winner of Monday’s West vs. East contest. The winner of Tuesday’s game automatically advances to the state tournament and will play in one of Thursday’s semifinals, while the loser will play Friday for fifth place and the conference’s final state spot.
Mustangs fall to Lynx
Chugiak got goals from Riley Lindberg, Tyler Huffer, Jacob Kosinski and Cullen McCormick in a 6-4 CIC loss Jan. 23 to Dimond. The loss dropped the Mustangs to 9-5 in the CIC and ensured a fourth-place finish in the regular season standings.
Alayna Breivogel made 22 saves for Chugiak.
The Mustangs open the CIC tournament at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ben Boeke against the winner of Monday’s Bartlett vs. Service game. The winner will play in one of Thursday’s semifinals and advance to state, while the loser will play Friday for fifth place and the final spot in the state tourney.