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Perhaps the only player who managed to stay warm Friday night at a bone-chilling Alaska Girls Outdoor Winter Classic was red-hot Chugiak/Eagle River goalie Morgan Richards.

Richards made 52 saves in her team’s 10-0 loss to South/Bartlett, including 26 in the first period alone. Girls hockey periods are 12 minutes long, meaning Richards averaged one save every 42 seconds of play.

Game-time temperatures were around zero at the second-annual event, which also featured a 4-2 Dimond/West win over Service/East.

Chugiak got some bragging rights Thursday after the school’s boys basketball team defeated Eagle River 56-38 in the first round of the Palmer Elks Shootout at Palmer High.

The Mustangs got a game-high 21 points from Owen Lewis, including four 3-pointers. Austin Harr added 12 points for Chugiak, which got seven from Jared Parks and six from Kellen Beam.

Shawn Padilla scored 12 points to lead Eagle River, which got eight from Roland Burley and six from Jack Lerch.

The Chugiak boys basketball team ended the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament with a 61-41 win over Kodiak Saturday to claim seventh place.

Chugiak had the lead after the first quarter for the third staight game and this time the lead stood up. The Mustangs were never seriously threatened, leading 33-21 at halftime and pushing their lead to as many as 22 points down the stretch.

Emily Walsh used a dominant freestyle leg to edge teammate Claire Nelson and win the girls title at the A/B Skiathlon cross-country ski races Saturday at a chilly Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

The duo’s 1-2 finish helped lift the Eagle River girls to a girls team victory over second-place West at the annual dual-technique races.

Chugiak will play in the consolation round of the Dimond Prep Shootout boys basketball tournament Friday after dropping a tight decision to Wasilla Thursday afternoon at Dimond High.

The Mustangs led by as many as six points in the first half but cooled off down the stretch to drop a 43-36 decision to the Warriors. They’ll face Juneau-Douglas at 4 p.m. Friday for a chance to play in Saturday’s fourth-place game.

Helen Wilson used a precision performance in Vermont to punch her ticket to Switzerland.

The Eagle River biathlete dominated the U.S. Biathlon Association Junior Trials Dec. 28-31, winning two of her three races to qualify for her fourth IBU Youth & Junior World Biathlon Championships to be held later this month in Switzerland.

Alaska Nordic Racing skiers earned three age group victories Saturday and Sunday during the opening weekend of Besh Cup skiing at Kincaid Park.

On Saturday, the local ski club’s Helen Wilson placed first among U20 women and Adrianna Proffitt was second in the division during classic sprint races, with both skiers making the women’s A final. Wilson placed fourth overall and Proffitt was fifth.

Wilson is an Eagle River High grad currntly a freshman at UAA; Proffitt is a senior at Chugiak High.

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.

Luke Momblow put the icing on a sweet victory for Chugiak Friday night, completing a hat trick with an empty net goal to cap the Mustangs’ 5-3 Cook Inlet Conference win over Eagle River in front of a standing-room-only crowd at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Momblow’s final tally came with just six seconds left in a back-and-forth “Battle of the Bridges” game between the rival schools and sent the Mustangs into the holiday break in a virtual tie with the Wolves for fourth place in the CIC standings.

Michael Earnhart led a thundering herd of Mustangs Saturday at an icy Kincaid Park, where the junior won a Lynx Loppet Nordic ski race that saw Chugiak skiers in the top five spots in the boys race and a runner-up finish in the girls event.

Earnhart finished 6.5 seconds ahead of Service’s Alex Maurer to win the boys classic technique race, which was shortened to just 3.6 kilometers from the planned 10K due to the poor conditions. The short track played to Earnhart’s strengths — the junior was the 2019 U18 U.S. Junior National champion in the classic technique sprint race.

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