CER girls hockey team uses brick wall, scoring machine to stymie Dimond/West

Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 12:37
  • Chugiak/Eagle River girls hockey team goalie Morgan Richards, left, and forward Rian Runyan. Richards made 38 saves and Runyan scored all five goals in CER’s 5-4 win Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 over Dimond/West. (Star file photos)

Chugiak/Eagle River used a scoring machine and a brick wall to upset Dimond/West Friday in an Anchorage Girls High School Hockey League clash at the Dempsey Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.

Rian Runyan scored all five CER goals — including the game-winner with 2:54 left to break a 4-4 tie — and goalie Morgan Richards made 38 saves to preserve the win. Runyan has scored 13 goals this season for the girls team, which improved to 3-4-0 heading into the holiday break.

The team is experiencing a renaissance this year, one season after finishing 0-9-0 while getting outscored 61-8. With three games to play in the regular season, Chugiak/Eagle River is in third place and averaging more than three goals per game.

Dimond/West led 2-1 after the first period Friday night on goals by McKenna Piekarski and Khenzie Connick, but Runyan’s three goals and Richards’ 19 saves on 20 shots in the frame made it 4-3 CER heading into the third.

Dimond/West tied things up with 6:32 left on Piekarski’s second goal of the game to set the stage for Runyan’s game-winner.

Bailey Reynolds notched an assist for Chugiak/Eagle River.

Chugiak/Eagle River is off until Friday, Jan. 10, when the team takes on Service/West under the lights at the Mulcahy Stadium outdoor ice rink at 7 p.m.

ANCHORAGE GIRLS HOCKEY LEAGUE

(through Dec. 20, 2019)

South/Bartlett 5-1-1

Dimond/West 4-2-1

Chugiak/Eagle River 3-4-0

Service/East 1-6-0

Upcoming games:

Friday, Jan. 10

Chugiak/Eagle River vs. Service/East, Mulcahy Stadium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17

Chugiak/Eagle River vs. South/Bartlett, Ben Boeke, 6 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 24

Chugiak/Eagle River vs. Dimond/West, Dempsey Anderson, 6 p.m.

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