Kenai, Homer hockey lose on 1st day

Kenai, Homer hockey lose on 1st day

The Service and Wasilla hockey programs dropped the puck Thursday night with a pair of wins at the End of the Road Shootout at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer.

Wasilla blanked Kenai Central 8-0, while Service took care of Homer 7-3 to cap the night.

Kenai kept it close against Wasilla, trailing 1-0 after one period before allowing three goals in the second period and four in the third.

Kardinals head coach Jacob Newton said he thought his squad held up well against their former conference foes.

“I don’t think the score really reflected how we played, especially in the first two periods,” Newton said. “We really showed up working hard, had a lot of successes, just not on the scoreboard. We didn’t have any major penalties, stayed out of box, so it was good. A think a lot of good things came from the game.”

Wasilla’s Garrison Holler had four points against Kenai, netting two goals with two assists.

Homer rallied from a first-period 2-0 hole to score three goals in the second, cutting Service’s lead to 4-3 heading into the final period. Homer goalie Hunter Warren stood tall in net, warding off 26 of 27 shots in the second period, and finishing with 44 saves on 51 shots total.

However, the Mariners could not hold up in the final period as the Cougars scored four times to ice the victory.

Fiona Hatton, Kazden Stineff and Ethan Pitzman each scored for Homer.

Friday’s schedule starts with Wasilla and Service at 5 p.m., while Kenai and Homer face off at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Wasilla and Homer clash at 12:30 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s North Star Conference semifinal game, and Kenai and Service meet at 10 a.m.

Thursday

End of the Road Shootout

in Homer

Warriors 8, Kardinals 0

Wasilla 1 3 4 —8

Kenai 0 0 0 —0

First period — 1. Wasilla, Schachle (Randall), 9:22. Penalties — Wasilla 1 for 5:00.

Second period — 2. Wasilla, Holler (unassisted), 5:57; 3. Wasilla, #55 (Schachle), 11:21; 4. Wasilla, Holler (unassisted), 12:05. Penalties — Kenai 1 for 2:00.

Third period — 5. Wasilla, Matson (Holler, Mulneaux), 1:33; 6. Wasilla, Matson (Randall), 11:08; 7. Wasilla, Mulneaux (Holler, Koivenen), 7:14; 8. Wasilla, Mulneaux (Matson), 12:45. Penalties — Wasilla 3 for 6:00; Kenai 2 for 4:00.

Goalies — Wasilla, Frazier (17 shots, 17 saves); Kenai, Koppes (27 shots, 20 saves).

Shots — Wasilla 7-15-5—27; Kenai 11-6-0—17.

Cougars 7, Mariners 3

Homer 0 3 0 —3

Service 2 1 4 —7

First period — 1. Service, Harris (Edmonson), 3:44; 2. Service, Harris (Edmonson, Leety), 9:13. Penalties — Service 2 for 4:00.

Second period — 3. Homer, Hatton (unassisted), 3:05; 4. Service, Bourdon (unassisted), 7:19; 5. Homer, Stineff (Lowe), 8:22; 6. Homer, Pitzman (Ross), 11:28. Penalties — Homer 1 for 2:00; Service 1 for 2:00.

Third period — 7. Service, Hayes (Leety), :41; 8. Service, Garroutte (Clay, Harris), PP, 4:13; 9. Service, Garrity (Glick), 6:43; 10. Service, Edmonson (Martensen), 11:49. Penalties — Homer 4 for 19:00; Service 4 for 19:00.

Goalies — Homer, Warren (51 shots, 44 saves); Service, Taunton (22 shots, 19 saves).

Shots — Homer 10-9-3—22; Service 11-27-13—51.

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