Chugiak, Eagle River players named all-conference

Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 20:19
  • From left, Eagle River’s Tay Kurpius, Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer, Chugiak’s Luke Momblow, Eagle River’s Ryan Gray and Chugiak’s Jarett Beckett. The five players were named to the All-Cook Inlet Conference hockey team, which was announced on Saturday following the conclusion of the CIC tournament. (Star file photos)
  • Eagle River goalie Ryan Gray makes a save on a shot by South’s Hayden Fox during South’s 2-1 win over Eagle River in the third-place game of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament at Ben Boeke Ice Arena on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Tay Kurpius prepares to shoot the puck as Chugiak’s Wyatt Young defends during the Eagle River vs. Chugiak high school hockey game on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer tries to get free from Service’s Jaden Sarber during Chugiak’s 4-3 loss to Service in the fifth-place game of the Cook Inlet Conference hockey tournament on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Brooks Christian, left, and Chugiak’s Luke Momblow battle for the puck during a nonconference high school hockey game on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak’s Jarett Beckett scores one of his four goals during Chugiak’s 15-1 Cook Inlet Conference hockey win over the Golden Bears on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at the McDonald Center in Eagle River. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Five local players were named to the 2019-20 All-Cook Inlet Conference hockey team announced following the conclusion of the CIC tournament at Ben Boeke Ice Arena Saturday night.

For Chugiak, defenseman Tyler Huffer was named to the team alongside forwards Luke Momblow and Jarett Beckett. Both forwards scored 20 goals this season; Momblow was fourth in the CIC with 43 total points and Beckett was fifth with 40. Huffer was third among CIC defensemen with 20 points this season, including six goals and 14 assists in conference play.

Two Eagle River Wolves were named to the team, including forward Tay Kurpius and goalie Ryan Gray. Kurpius scored 12 goals and notched eight assists in league play to tie Tucker Lien for the team lead in scoring. Gray started 10 of 14 CIC games during the regular season, posting a 2.79 goals against average and boasted a .912 save percentage in conference play. Gray started all three Eagle River games at the CIC tournament, where he stopped 96 of the 103 shots he faced for a .932 save percentage.

2019-20 All-Cook Inlet Conference hockey team

Defense — Nicko Opinsky, West; Ethan Pickett, West; Colton Gerken, South; Henry Minich, Dimond; Tyler Huffer, Chugiak; Drake Reid, Dimond.

Forwards — Chase Solberg, West; Ian Keim, West; Matthew Patchin, West; Hayden Fox, South; Logan Orr, South; Teague Porter, Dimond; Landen Reed, Dimond; Tay Kurpius, Eagle River; Brent Edmondson, Service; Luke Momblow, Chugiak; Jarett Beckett, Chugiak; Bradley Beals, Bartlett.

Goaltenders — Will Simpson, West; Ryan Gray, Eagle River.

Coach — Nate Shasby, West.

GPA — West, 3.477

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