Kenais’ Ethan tree tries to poke the puck away from Colony’s Boston Weiland during a 6-6 tie Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at the Menard Arena in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Bruce Eggleston/matsusports.net)

Kenais’ Ethan tree tries to poke the puck away from Colony’s Boston Weiland during a 6-6 tie Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at the Menard Arena in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Bruce Eggleston/matsusports.net)

Friday prep hockey: Kenai’s Mese has 3rd-period hat trick in tie with Knights; SoHi, Homer lose

The visiting Kenai Central hockey team tied Colony 6-6 on Friday in nonconference action.

The Kardinals are 5-6-1 overall.

The back-and-forth contest saw the Kardinals’ Logan Mese score a hat trick in the third period to secure the draw.

Colony went up 1-0 early in the game on a strike by Adam Kara.

Kenai took a 2-1 lead by the end of the first period. Ethan Tree scored with help from Gavin Liles, and Will Howard scored on Mese and Avery Martin assists.

Colony tied it early in the second when Ethan McNulty scored with help from Kara.

Kenai went out front again with 3:45 left in the second period when Martin scored on Howard and Mason Vemette assists, but Colony tied it when Logan Lofland scored on a Cody Jorgensen assist with 1:54 left in the second period.

Colony went ahead with 13:56 left in the game when Matthew Ross scored on Kaden Lynch and Isaac McKenzie helpers, but Mese scored unassisted just five seconds later.

With 9:28 left, Sawyer Kelpe scored for Colony on a Lofland assist. A little over a minute later, Mese had things square with help from Howard.

With 7:38 to play, Ethan McNulty, assisted by McKenzie, again put the Knights out front.

Mese was again up to the task, scoring on a Tree assist with 4:52 left.

Seanna Swanson made 34 saves for the Kardinals, including seven in overtime. For Colony, Tess Jorgensen stopped 21 of 27 shots, and Jamon O’Bryan stopped 5 of 5.

Palmer 6, Homer 1

The visiting Mariners dropped to 0-2 in the Northern Lights Conference and 2-4 overall with the Friday loss.

After a scoreless first period, Homer got on the board first in the second. Makary Reutov scored unassisted just 18 seconds in.

After that, it was all Palmer. Homer goalie Blaise Banks made 45 saves, while Mily Christman stopped 13 for Palmer.

The Moose had a 2-1 lead headed to the final period on a Dane Joseph goal, assisted by Elijah Von Gunten, and a Tavian Mukaabya strike.

Palmer then closed with four goals in the third period. Von Gunten scored with help from Ryan Martin and Chase Ringler, Kaleb Von Gunten scored a power-play goal on a Bradford Heart assist, Elijah Von Gunten scored on Joseph and Martin assists, and Heard scored short-handed on a Zidane Dietz helper.

Wasilla 6, Soldotna 4

The host Warriors dropped the Stars to 6-3 overall with the Friday nonconference victory.

Soldotna was whistled for nine penalties to the one of Wasilla in the game. The Warriors took advantage by netting four power-play goals.

Karson McGrew pumped in four goals for the Warriors, while Mason Holler had four assists.

Just 1:10 into the game, the Stars had a 1-0 lead on a Daniel Heath goal assisted by Boone Theiler and Jace Applehans.

Less than two minutes later, Mason Varner had it tied on a Gabriel Lamm assist.

McGrew, assisted by Holler and Grant Barksdale, then scored late in the first on the power play.

With 13:45 left in the second, Heath tied the game unassisted. Applehans, assisted by Theiler, put the Stars up 3-2 a little over a minute later.

However, Soldotna had seven penalties in the second period and the Warriors would score three power-play goals before the period was up for a 5-3 lead.

The goals all came from McGrew. The first was assisted by Barksdale and Holler, while the next two were assisted by Holler.

Just 11 seconds into the third period, Wasilla was up 6-3 when Sterling Myers scored with help from Dalan Dubie.

With less than a second left, Andrew Arthur, assisted by Gehret Medcoff, scored for Soldotna.

Brycen Clyde made 21 saves for Soldotna, while Jordan Pfile also stopped 21 for the Warriors.

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