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Kenai, SoHi hockey notch nonleague road wins

The visiting Kenai Central hockey team moved to 7-13-0 overall with a 4-1 nonconference victory over East on Friday.

Logan Mese got started on a three-point night with a goal, assisted by Reagan Graves, with 7:17 left in the first.

After David Knoedlee tied it for East, Avery Martin, assisted by Mese and Caden Warren, scored on the power play for a 2-1 Kenai lead headed to the second.

After a scoreless second, Mese scored midway through the third on the power play, assisted by Sawyer Vann.

Martin, assisted by Landen Cialek, finished the scoring.

Seanna Swanson stopped nine for the Kards, while Orion Hunter made 17 saves for East.

Soldotna 5, Colony 2

The Stars got a hat trick from Jace Applehans and two goals from Gehret Medcoff and went on the road to beat the Knights in nonconference action after losing to and tying Colony earlier this season. Soldotna stands at 9-6-2 overall.

Colony got off to a flying start, with Logan Lofland and Robbie Yundt putting the Knights up 2-0 with 6:36 left in the first period.

After that, it was all Soldotna.

SoHi would score a pair of power-play goals before the first period was out. Applehans scored with help from Boone Theiler and Silas Larsen, and Medcoff scored on a Marshall Deraeve assist.

The Stars then scored three in the second period. Applehans got the first two, the first one assisted by Theiler and Larsen, and the second assisted by Aiden Burcham. Medcoff finished off the period with an unassisted, short-handed goal.

Jackson Purcell stopped 25 for SoHi. For Wasilla, Malachi Mukaabya had 18 saves and Liam VanBuskirk had 16 saves.

Friday

Kardinals 4, Thunderbirds 1

Kenai 2 0 2 —4

East 1 0 0 —1

First period — 1. Kenai, Mese (Graves), 7:43; 2. East, Knoedlee (Nowka), 10:40; 3. Kenai, Martin (Mese, Warren), pp, 12:22. Penalties — Kenai 2 for 4:00; East 2 for 4:00.

Second period — none. Penalties — Kenai 1 for 2:00; East 3 for 6:00.

Third period — 4. Kenai, Mese (Vann), pp, 7:07; 5. Kenai, Martin (Cialek), 14:22. Penalties — East 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal — Kenai 4-2-12—18; East 4-3-3—10.

Goalies — Kenai, Swanson (10 shots, 9 saves); East, Hunter (18 shots, 17 saves).

Saturday

Stars 5, Knights 2

Soldotna 2 3 0 —5

Colony 2 0 0 —2

First period — 1. Colony, Lofland (Holman, McKenzie), 6:44; 2. Colony, Yundt (Lantto), sh, 8:24; 3. Soldotna, Applehans (Theiler, Larsen), pp, 9:08; 4. Soldotna, Medcoff (Deraeve), pp, 11:48. Penalties — Soldotna 3 for 6:00; Colony 3 for 6:00.

Second period — 5. Soldotna, Applehans (Theiler, Larsen), 3:28; 6. Soldotna, Applehans (Burcham), 12:04; 7. Soldotna, Medcoff (un.), sh, 13:49. Penalties — Soldotna 3 for 6:00; Colony 1 for 2:00.

Third period — none. Penalties — Soldotna 2 for 4:00; Colony 2 for 4:00.

Shots on goal — Soldotna 16-14-9—39; Colony 7-12-8—27.

Goalies — Soldotna, Purcell (27 shots, 25 saves); Colony, Mukaabya (21 shots, 18 saves), VanBuskirk (18 shots, 16 saves).

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