Mustangs look to survive, Wolves aim for redemption Friday at CIC hockey tournament

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 11:20

Chugiak will play for its playoff life Friday while Eagle River will look to rebound from a heartbreaking semifinal loss Friday night in the final games of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament for both teams.

The Mustangs will face West at 6:30 p.m. at Ben Boeke Ice Arena for fifth place in the tourney and the CIC’s final berth in the state tournament. The Wolves will play Service for third place at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center, the site of the Wolves 3-2 triple overtime loss to Dimond Thursday night.

Dimond advanced to the title game on a game-winning goal by John Novak early in the third overtime period off assists from Tyler Christiansen and Michael Flaherty.

The Wolves scored the first two goals of the game, getting a power play goal from Ty McEnaney from Logan Dudinsky and Skylar Johnson early in the second period and an unassisted strike from Tucker Lien with 4:23 left in the frame.

Teague Porter scored with less than a minute left in the second to make it 2-1 going into the third. Porter then sent the game into overtime when he scored on a Dimond power plaay with 3:22 left in the game.

Ryan Gray made 32 saves for Eagle River, which was outshot 35-25. Hunter Kattness stopped 23 shots for the Lynx, who will face South in Saturday’s championship game. The Wolverines advanced to the title game with a 5-2 win Thursday over Service.

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