Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Kenai hockey player Tristan Bulst (left) and Soldotna's Levi Hensley race for the puck during a game on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Kenai hockey player Tristan Bulst (left) and Soldotna's Levi Hensley race for the puck during a game on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Service tops Homer for Ice Challenge title

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, November 7, 2015 3:52am
  • Sports

Service won the Peninsula Ice Challenge with a 6-0 victory over Homer on Saturday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Both the Cougars and Mariners came into the final day of the round-robin tournament with 2-0 records, but Service scored two goals in each period to wear the crown.

Just 49 seconds into the game, Andre Gaskov, assisted by Blaine Sharrock, put the Cougars up 1-0. Luke Carlson, assisted by Landon Hill, would make it 2-0 before the first period was out.

In the second period, Blaine Sharrock scored on an assist from Gaskov, and Hill scored assisted by Brandon Prewett. Johnny Stephens had a pair of third-period goals for the Cougars, the first assisted by Prewett and Carlson, and the second unassisted.

Ronan Klancher made 10 saves to earn the shutout, while Riley Swanson stopped 36 for Homer.

Soldotna 9, Kenai 1

The Stars wrapped up third place at the tournament behind a hat trick by Jace Urban, who added two assists.

Cameron Knowlton lit the lamp twice for SoHi, while Matthew Daugherty, Corey Hanson, Trevor Witthus and Cole Crandall added tallies.

Knowlton added a pair of assists, while Ethan Brown and Cody Nye also had two helpers. Daugherty, Hanson and Crandall added assists.

Levi Mese, assisted by Matt Hagel, kept SoHi goalie Billy Yoder from the shutout. Yoder had 18 saves, while Ryan Williams stopped 46 for Kenai.

Homer 4, Soldotna 1

The Mariners set up a de facto championship game with Service by topping the Stars on Friday.

Garrett Butcher scored twice in the first period, both on assists from Dimitry Kuzmin, to give Homer a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, Douglas Dean, assisted by Charlie Menke and Spencer Warren, made it 3-0.

SoHi cut it to 3-1 in the third when Ethan Brown scored on an assist from Levi Hensley.

But Woape Huffman, on assists from Tim Blakely and Robby Larson, capped the scoring for the Mariners.

Billy Yoder had 32 saves for the Stars, while Riley Swanson had 17 stops for the Mariners.

Service 9, Kenai 2

The Cougars broke open a scoreless first period with four goals in the second frame to cruise to the win Friday over Kenai.

Ryan Williams stood tall in the net for the Kards in the opening 15 minutes, stopping 21 shots by Service. Williams ended the day with 58 saves on 67 shots.

Johnny Stevens completed a hat trick for Service, opening the scoring for the Cougars early in the second period. Stevens scored Service’s first two goals in the second period and adding a third in the final frame.

Tyler Lingafelt and Tristan Bulot scored for Kenai.

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Kenai hockey player Ian Mercado attempts to keep the puck from Soldotna's Cole Crandall during a game on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion Kenai hockey player Ian Mercado attempts to keep the puck from Soldotna’s Cole Crandall during a game on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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