Palmer hockey nips Kenai in OT

The Palmer hockey team defeated Kenai Central 3-2 in overtime Saturday at the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility in Kenai in Railbelt Conference play.

The Moose complete a three-game sweep of a central peninsula road trip, topping Soldotna on Thursday and Kenai on Friday and Saturday.

Elijah Von Gunten scored 3:19 into the eight-minute overtime for the victory. Matias Broughton delivered the assist on the play.

Palmer moves to 8-5-1 overall and 5-0 in the league, while the Kardinals fall to 4-9-0 and 2-4-0.

After a scoreless first period, the Kards scored with 8:09 left in the second period to take the lead. Ky Calvert lit the lamp with help from Josiah Petty.

Palmer fought back to tie with 6:06 left in the period. Jakub Papezik scored on assists from Chase Ringler and Bryce Armstrong.

With 1:07 left in the second, Kenai grabbed the lead again. Logan Mese scored on a Sawyer Vann assist.

The Moose scored the goal that would force overtime with 10:32 left in the third period. Broughton had the goal, with help from Ringler and Armstrong.

Keagon O’Bryan made 29 saves for the Moose, while Seanna Swanson stopped 18 for the Kardinals.

Moose 3, Kardinals 2, OT

Palmer 0 1 1 1 —3

Kenai 0 2 0 0 —2

First period — none. Penalties — Palmer 1 for 2:00; Kenai 5 for 10:00.

Second period — 1. Kenai, Calvert (Petty), 6:51; 2. Palmer, Papezik (McQuillin, Von Gunten), 8:54; 3. Kenai, Mese (Vann), 13:53. Penalties — Palmer 3 for 9:00; Kenai 3 for 6:00.

Third period — 4. Palmer, Broughton (Ringler, Armstrong), 4:28. Penalties — Palmer 1 for 2:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.

Overtime — 5. Palmer, Von Gunten (Broughton), 3:19. Penalties — none.

Shots on goal — Palmer 11-4-4-2—21; Kenai 5-11-14-1—31.

Goalies — Palmer, O’Bryan (31 shots, 29 saves); Kenai, Swanson (21 shots, 18 saves).

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