Friday prep hockey roundup

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, January 17, 2015 3:11am
  • Sports

Palmer 4, Soldotna 3

The Moose survived a wild finish for the North Star Conference win Friday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

After a scoreless first period, Darren Fish gave the Moose a 1-0 lead with 14 minutes left in the second period. But Levi Hensley would score at the 11:40 mark for the Stars for a tie game.

Then came a crucial point in the game, when Palmer was able to kill a five-minute major.

Right after the penalty, Cole Clements, who was serving the penalty, scored with 3:35 left in the period for a 2-1 lead.

“That was huge,” Palmer coach Eric Troisi said after his team moved to 4-1 in the league. “Cole Clements made a big play.”

With 5:37 left in the third period, Valary Dietz put the Moose up 3-1, but Soldotna answered at the 2:37 mark with an unassisted goal from Justice Miller.

However, at 1:53, Palmer went back up 4-2 when Chris Dojka lit the lamp.

Not done yet, and with goalie Billy Yoder pulled for the extra attacker, Soldotna’s Ty Fenton waited for Palmer goalie Cody Grogan to fall down and scored from a tough angle for a 4-3 game with 1:09 to play.

With 14 seconds left, SoHi earned a faceoff in the Palmer zone and SoHi coach Derek Urban called timeout.

The Stars won the faceoff and had several great chances in a scrum in front of the net.

“I jumped up and down thinking it was in several times,” Urban said.

The Stars had lost 8-2 to Palmer earlier in the season, and Urban said the game showed his team’s improvement.

Soldotna also is emerging from a midseason scoring slump.

“In the middle of the season, I think we were trying to be too fancy,” Urban said. “What we’ve been emphasizing with the boys in the last part of the seaosn is to put the puck on net.”

Yoder had 21 saves on 25 shots.

Troisi said the game was a little close for comfort after having a 4-2 lead late, but he gave credit to Soldotna for not giving up.

He also gave credit to Dietz and Matthew Bembenek for solid games. Grogan had 23 saves on 26 shots.

 

Friday

Moose 4, Stars 3

Palmer 0 2 2 —4

Soldotna 0 1 2 —3

First period — none. Penalties ­— Palmer 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.

Second period — 1. Palmer, Fish (Savel, Foster), 1:00; 2. Soldotna, Hensley (un.), 3:20; 3. Palmer, Clements (Dietz), 11:22. Penalties — Palmer 2 for 7:00; Soldotna 1 for 2:00.

Third period — 4. Palmer, Dietz (Clements, Foster), 9:23; 5. Soldotna, Miller (un.), 12:25; 6. Palmer, Dojka (un.), 13:07; 7. Soldotna, Fenton (Miller, Lott), 13:51. Penalties — none.

Shots on goal — Palmer 6-11-8—25; Soldotna 8-6-12—26.

Goalies — Palmer, Grogan (26 shots, 23 saves); Soldotna, Yoder (25 shots, 21 saves).

 

Wasilla 4, Kenai Central 2

The Warriors used a strong third period to come back from a two-goal deficit and top the Kardinals on Friday.

Kenai’s Dalton Dosko, on assists from Levi Mese and Cody Arbelovsky, had the lone goal of the first period.

Dosko then put the Kards up 2-0 in the second period, but Garrett Conroy cut the gap to 2-1 heading into the third period.

In the third period, Russell Harren, Luke Schruf and Braden Brunnhoelzl scored for the Warriors.

Kiana Verplanke made 11 saves for Wasilla, while Nate O’Lena had 34 saves for the Kards.

 

Friday

Warriors 4, Kardinals 2

Wasilla 0 1 3 —4

Kenai 1 1 0 —2

First period — 1. Kenai, Dosko (Mese, Arbelovsky), 3:39. Penalties — Wasilla 1 for 2:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.

Second period — 2. Kenai, Dosko (un.), 10:29; 3. Wasilla, Conroy (Morrison, Schruf), 11:47. Penalties — Wasilla 1 for 2:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.

Third period — 4. Wasilla, Harren (Tubbs, Brunnhoelzl), 1:19; 5. Wasilla, Schruf (Brunnhoelzl, Marks), 5:02; 6. Wasilla, Brunnhoelzl (Morrison), en, 14:25.

Shots on goal — Wasilla 11-12-15—38; Kenai 4-4-5—13.

Goalies — Wasilla, Verplancke (13 shots, 11 saves); Kenai, O’Lena (37 shots, 34 saves).

 

Homer 6, Colony 5

Two quick three-goal spurts gave the host Mariners a North Star Conference victory Friday.

Robby Larson, Kiril Sanarov and Garrett Butcher had the Mariners up 3-0 before five minutes were even gone in the first period.

Colony had the gap cut to 3-2 heading into the third on goals from Cole Bloemer and Josh Boyer.

But in the third, Homer would score three goals in less than two minutes. Sanarov had the first two to complete his hat trick, then assisted Clem Tillion on the third with 8:33 left in the game.

Colony stormed back with goals from Cade Havel, Otto Thiele and Shawn Mitchell, but could not find the equalizer.

Markian Polushkin had 30 saves for Homer.

 

Friday

Mariners 6, Knights 5

Colony 1 1 3 —5

Homer 3 0 3 —6

First period — 1. Homer, Larson (Butcher), 0:15; 2. Homer, Sanarov (un.), 2:16; 3. Homer, Butcher (Larson, D. Kuzmin), 4:44; 4. Colony, Bloemer (Hessinger), 12:00. Penalties — Colony 3 for 6:00; Homer 1 for 2:00.

Second period — 5. Colony, Boyer (Thiele), 11:26. Penalties — Colony 1 for 2:00; Homer 1 for 2:00.

Third period — 6. Homer, Sanarov (un.), 4:42; 7. Homer, Sanarov (un.), 5:42; 8. Homer, C. Tillion (Sanarov), 6:27; 9. Colony, Havel (Foster), 9:22; 10. Colony, Thiele (Vincent), 10:10; 11. Colony, Mitchell (Eller, Boyer), 13:03. Penalties — Colony 3 for 6:00; Homer 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal — Colony 8-15-12—35; Homer 9-4-7—20.

Goalies — Colony, Diltz (9 shots, 6 saves), Doss (11 shots, 8 saves); Homer, Polushkin (35 shots, 30 saves).

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