Wolves skate into the holiday on a high note with third straight win

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 00:26
  • Eagle River’s Aaron James brings the puck up the ice with teammates Brooks Christian (81), Gavin McDonald (11), Dmitri Kucherov (86) and Jacob James (92) as goalie Ryan Gray looks on during the Wolves’ 5-1 nonconference hockey win over Service on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Tay Kurpius (49) scores a goal during the Wolves’ 5-1 nonconference hockey win over Service on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Aaron James shoots the puck as Service’s Brent Edmondson tries to defend during the Wolves’ 5-1 nonconference hockey win over Service on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Dylan Bender battles a trio of Service players for the puck during the Wolves’ 5-1 nonconference hockey win over Service on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Xavier Schwin shoots the puck during the Wolves’ 5-1 nonconference hockey win over Service on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Eagle River won its third straight game Tuesday behind a pair of goals from Dylan Bender and a solid night from Ryan Gray in net during a 5-1 nonconference high school hockey victory over Service the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Tucker Lien, Tay Kurpius and Gunnar Sackerson also scored for the Wolves, who scored three times in the final 4:44 of the third period to break open what had been a tight contest.

Gray had a big third period, stopping all 10 shots he faced while also notching an assist on Bender’s goal. The senior finished with 18 saves on 19 shots for the Wolves, who outshot Service 27-19. McKinley Hoff stopped 22 shots for the Cougars.

Eagle River is off until Dec. 3, when the Wolves will host nonconference Colony at 7:15 p.m. at the Mac.

Upcoming high school hockey schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 3

Colony at Eagle River, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5

Soldotna at Chugiak, McDonald Center, 5 p.m.

West Valley at Eagle River, McDonald Center, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6

Chugiak/Eagle River girls vs. South/Bartlett, Dempsey Anderson, 6 p.m.

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