A night after squandering a two-goal lead and losing in overtime, the Soldotna hockey team delivered a shutout.
The Stars rebounded from Friday’s 3-2 loss to Colony in extra time with a 3-0 win over Wasilla in Northstar Conference action Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
With the split, the Stars are 9-2-1 on the year.
“It was very nice,” SoHi coach Aaron Swanson said. “The guys came out and played a lot better tonight.”
The Stars scored once each period against the Warriors, with Josh Kerkvliet, Dalton Pearson and Jonas Perletti lighting the lamp.
Goaltender Cody Harvey did the rest, making 28 saves.
The netminder got a lot of help from Shayne Miller, Swanson said.
“He might not have been on the scoresheet, but he had a really good game,” the coach said of Miller.
Swanson was impressed with his side’s resolve on the heels of a tough loss against Colony on Friday, when the Stars took a 2-0 lead into the third only to see it slip away before losing in overtime.
The Knights scored twice in a 30-second span to even the game at 2 early in the final frame.
Alex Svoboda tallied the first strike, coming with 14:31 to play. Gabe Gamez then evened the count with 14:00 on the clock.
“It’s always good to see the guys fight back,” Colony coach Jaime Smith said. “They scratched and clawed and we got those two quick goals and were able to finish it off in overtime.”
In the extra frame, Colony’s Trevor Naylor beat Harvey with the Knights on the power play.
The power play was a result of a big call in the dying seconds of regulation, when SoHi’s Jarrett Urban had a goal negated because he was called for interference.
Although the call left Urban and the Stars upset, neither coach disputed it.
“I was actually kind of surprised he called it, because we hadn’t gotten many our way,” Smith said.
Added Swanson, “We’re 150 feet away from it and the ref is right there. Of course you always want calls to go your way, and you don’t always agree with them, but he was right on it and could see much better than us.”
Kerkvliet gave the Stars a 1-0 lead when he scored unassisted after a faceoff with 10:26 remaining in the first period.
The Stars went up 2-0 halfway through the second as Pearson scored on the power play, burying a right-handed shot on assists from Max Hegge and Kerkvliet.
Knights 3, Stars 2 OT
First period — 1. Soldotna, Kerkvliet (unassisted), 4:31. Penalties — Colony 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 1 for 2:00.
Second period — 2. Soldotna, Pearson (Hegge, Kerkvliet), pp, 7:44. Penalties — Colony 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 1 for 2:00.
Third period — 3. Colony, Svoboda (McJimsey, Naylor), 0:29; 4. Colony, Gamez (Naylor, Hartley), 1:00. Penalties — Colony 1 for 2:00; Soldotna 3 for 6:00.
Overtime — 5. Colony, Naylor (McJimsey, Svoboda), pp, 1:03. Penalties — none.
Penalties — Colony 5 for 10:00; Soldotna 5 for 10:00.
Shots on goal — Colony (1-6-7-1—15); Soldotna (11-11-5-0—27).
Goalies — Colony, not listed (27 shots, 25 saves); Soldotna, Harvey (15 shots, 12 saves).
Stars 3, Warriors 0
First period — 1. Soldotna, Kerkvliet (Pearson), 6:20. Penalties — none.
Second period — 2. Soldotna, Pearson (unassisted), 9:08. Penalties — Wasilla 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.
Third period — 3. Soldotna, Perletti (Fenton). Penalties — Wasilla 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 4 for 8:00.
Penalties — Wasilla 5 for 10:00; Soldotna 6 for 12:00.
Shots on goal — Wasilla (5-10-13—28); Soldotna (9-3-6—18).
Goalies — Wasilla, Eastham (18 shots, 15 saves); Soldotna (28 shots, 28 saves).