Mustangs skate circles around Interior foes, Wolves drop first game in a month
Chugiak and Eagle River will renew their rink rivalry Friday, Dec. 20 in the final Cook Inlet Conference game for both teams before Christmas break.
Both will enter the 7:15 p.m. game at the McDonald Center in form, with the Wolves having won seven of their previous nine games and the Mustangs coming off a successful road trip to Fairbanks.
Eagle River currently has a 3-3-1 record in the Cook Inlet Conference, just a half-game ahead of Chugiak (3-4-0). The Wolves play Service on Thursday.
The crosstown rivals split their regular-season games last season, with the Mustangs winning 2-0 last December and the Wolves winning 4-3 in January.
The game will feature a special ceremony honoring retiring Parks and Recreation (and former McDonald Center manager) John Rodda.
Lynx shoot down Wolves
Dimond handed Eagle River its first loss in eight games Friday night in a Cook Inlet Conference hockey game at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.
The 3-0 loss was the Wolves’ first since a 4-1 defeat to unbeaten West on Nov. 15.
Ryan Gray made 46 saves for the Wolves (3-3-1 Cook Inlet Conference), who were outshot 49-15.
Brenden Anaruk, Drake Reid and Teague Porter scored goals for Dimond, which improved to 4-1-1.
The Wolves play Service on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:15 p.m. at the McDonald Center.
Wolves, Mustangs post Thursday wins
Chugiak opened its Interior road trip in winning fashion and Eagle River pushed its unbeaten streak to seven games in high school hockey Thursday, Dec. 12.
At the McDonald Center in Eagle River, Tucker Lien scored the equalizing goal and Ryan Gray made 27 saves in a 1-1 Cook Inlet Conference draw with South. The tie moved the Wolves (6-2-1 overall, 3-2-1 Cook Inlet Conference) into third place and pushed their unbeaten streak to a month.
South (5-1-1 CIC) took the lead early, getting a Bryce Bethard goal less than three minutes into the game. That was the last time Gray would be beaten, including overtime when he stopped six shots to preserve the tie.
Lien tied the game with 1:11 left in the second period on an assist by Gavin McDonald.
In Fairbanks, Chugiak got a second consecutive four-goal night from Jarett Beckett in a 7-3 nonconference win over North Pole. Tyler Huffer scored two goals and Luke Momblow added one for the Mustangs, who went on to outscore their three Fairbanks foes 24-7 over a three-game stretch.
Chugiak blasted West Valley 9-3 on Friday and crushed Lathrop 8-1 on Saturday. Huffer, Beckett and Wyatt Young each scored two goals against West Valley, while Blake Franchione had a hat trick against the Malemutes. Daegan Love made 12 saves against North Pole, 15 against West Valley and 13 against Lathrop.
Girls hockey team falls
Chugiak/Eagle River got goals from four difference players Friday night, but it wasn’t enough as Service/East took a 9-4 Anchorage Girls Hockey League victory at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.
Aubrey Roberts, Shine Carey, Teila Saarinenen and Bailey Reynolds scored for Chugiak/Eagle River, which got assists from Carey, Saarinenen and Charlotte Kottarchuk.
Morgan Richards had 19 saves on 27 shots for Chugiak/Eagle River, which fell to 2-4-0 in the league. Sydney Leonard scored four goals to lead Service/East, which got 12 saves on 16 shots from Lenaya Braniff.
Chugiak/Eagle River will face Dimond/West (4-1-1) at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena.