Old rivalries renewed at hockey alumni game

  • By Staff Report
  • Thursday, December 25, 2014 11:50pm
  • Sports

Old friends, acquaintances and teammates renewed their on-ice rivalries Tuesday night at the Soldotna Region Sports Complex in the Soldotna-Kenai alumni hockey game.

The Stars came away with the 5-4 victory, scoring three goals in the second period then holding off the Kards in the third to secure the win in the 19th annual alumni game.

The game matched former Soldotna High School hockey alums against Kenai Central hockey alumni. Past players from both Nikiski and Skyview were also invited to compete. The fundraiser game was sponsored by the Kenai Hockey Booster Club with funds going to the Kenai Central hockey team.

Kenai took an early lead, getting goals from Zack Mese and Trevor Baldwin to stake out a 2-1 lead after one period. Former Soldotna player Mario Gomez scored the opening netter.

In the middle stanza, Hunter Sirios, Clayton Glick and Nate Anderson all notched a goal to put the Stars ahead 4-2 with only 20 minutes remaining.

Kenai alum Phillip Ischi tried to rally the Kards with two goals in the third period, but SoHi alum Patty Iverson’s goal with 13:56 left in the game proved to be the difference.

2014 Soldotna graduate Cody Harvey was credited with the win in goal, stopping 40 of 44 shots, while Kenai’s Dan Silver saved 42 of 47 shots to receive the loss. Jenna Redford — niece of Richard Redford — presented the game-winning “Richard Redford Cup” to the Stars.

Event organizer Rick Koch wrote in an email that before the game, senator Peter Micciche addressed the crowd — estimated at 400 to 450 — and presented Joel Overway and Jeremy Love with the “Methuselah Award”, indicating that they were the oldest members from each team on the ice that night. Overway is a Kenai Central alum while Love is a Soldotna alum.

Tim Iverson was randomly drawn for a one-shot puck shoot to win a new 2015 Ford Fiesta from Stanley Ford, but “unfortunately Tim missed in spectacular fashion,” according to Koch.

Koch also mentioned that Tim Navarre came dressed as Santa Claus and “did a great job handing out candy canes and visiting with the kids.”

Tuesday, Alumni Game

Stars 5, Kardinals 4

Soldotna 1 3 1 —5

Kenai Central 2 0 2 —4

1st period — 1. Soldotna, Gomez (Love), 7:28; 2. Kenai, Z. Mese (Wagoner, I. Mese), 5:27; 3. Kenai, Baldwin (Z. Mese), :45.

2nd period — 4. Soldotna, Sirios (Miller, Lott), 15:16; 5. Soldotna, Glick (Kerkvliet), 5:52; 6. Soldotna, Anderson (unassisted), 1:45.

3rd period — 7. Kenai, Ischi (Wagoner, I. Mese), 17:38; 8. Soldotna, Iverson (Anderson), 13:56; 9. Kenai, Ischi (Forest), 11:49.

Shots on goal — Soldotna 17-18-12—47; Kenai 20-10-14—44.

Goalies — Soldotna, Harvey (44 shots, 40 saves); Kenai, Silver (47 shots, 42 saves).

Penalties — Soldotna 11 for 28:00; Kenai 5 for 10:00.

More in Sports

Eventual race winner Morgan Aldridge leads Carly Reimer and Amy Anderson at the Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at Tsalteshi Trails. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Sterling’s Aldridge takes 5th in triathlon

Sterling’s Morgan Aldridge finished fifth in the women’s race at the 2022… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears goalie Tommy Aitken makes a save against the Janesville (Wisconsin) Jets on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears have first winning streak of season

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai River Brown Bears used their… Continue reading

Hoops roundup: Seward girls notch first win of season

The host Seward girls basketball team defeated Unalaska 48-29 on Saturday in… Continue reading

Kenai's Caden Warren, Landon Cialek and Logan Mese celebrate a goal by Mese against Palmer on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Railbelt hockey tightens even more

Kenai gets big weekend sweep

Brown Bears snap 10-game skid

The Kenai River Brown Bears snapped a 10-game losing streak with a… Continue reading

Kenai, Nikiski squads take road losses

The Kenai Central girls and boys basketball teams were swept at Chugiak… Continue reading

Houston’s Daniel Matveev celebrates a goal against Soldotna on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi, Homer hockey take losses

The Houston hockey team notched a 6-1 victory over Soldotna on Thursday… Continue reading

Bears return home for 3-game set

The Christmas break threw the Kenai River Brown Bears out of their… Continue reading

Michael Armstrong, seated, in sled, gives his mother, Sylvia Jander, the unique Alaska experience of driving a sled-dog team in February 1989 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Jenny Stroyeck)
Fill out the squares of the Alaska Adventure Bingo Card

Moose, bears, sled dogs wolves, whales oh my: Alaska offers many adventures to check off.

Most Read