PREP PUCKS: Chugiak shoots down Stars, Wolves win again
Jarett Beckett and Tyler Huffer each scored twice as Chugiak rolled to a 6-2 nonconference hockey win over Soldotna at the McDonald Center.
Huffer’s score with 8:04 left in the second period off a Shayden Davis assist was the game-winner for the Mustangs, who improved to 3-3 overall. His second goal was the team’s last, a power-play strike off assists from Beckett and Luke Momblow early in the third period.
Beckett opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game with an unassisted strike, and Momblow made it 2-0 when he scored off Huffer and Davis assists with 3:29 left in the first.
But SoHi battled back, getting a power-play goal from Galen Brantley III with less than a minute left in the first period and equalizing with 10:34 left in the second on a goal by Wyatt Medcoff.
Huffer’s game-winner was a beaut, with the forward taking the breakout pass from Davis, carrying the puck down the right side and cutting left past Brantley before firing a left-handed wrister that cleanly beat SoHi goalie Josh True.
Wyatt Young gave Chugiak some insurance with a goal late in the second and Beckett added his second tally just before the second intermission.
Davis, Momblow and Beckett each had two assists for Chugiak, which also one helper each from Huffer and Aidan McEwen.
Daegen Love made 14 saves to get the win for the Mustangs, who outshot the Stars 28-16.
Chugiak is 2-3 in the Cook Inlet Conference; the Mustangs return to CIC play Saturday at 6 p.m. against first-place West (5-0 CIC) at Ben Boeke.
WOLVES KEEP ON ROLLING
Eagle River is suddenly untouchable.
The Wolves got 18 saves from Aiden Bruno to headline a 4-0 nonconference hockey shutout of West Valley Thursday night at the McDonald Center. The win was the fifth straight for the Wolves, who improved to 6-2 overall and haven’t lost since a Nov. 15 Cook Inlet Conference loss to unbeaten West.
Aaron James scored two goals for Eagle River, which got one goal each from Brooks Christian and Tay Kurpius, two assists from Gavin McDonald and assists from Christian, Kurpius, Tucker Lien and Hudson Howard.
Eagle River (2-2 CIC, 6-2 overall) returns to conference play Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Service (2-2 CIC) at Ben Boeke Ice Arena in Anchorage.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misidentified Eagle River’s goalie.