Homer hockey wins End of Road Shootout

The Homer hockey team finished 4-0 at the three-day End of the Road Shootout in Homer to win the tournament.

The Mariners, now 6-0 overall, finished off their perfect tourney with a pair of victories Saturday. Homer started out the day by topping Glennallen 7-1, then finished with a 5-3 victory over Houston.

Bartlett took second at the tournament with a 3-0-1 record. The tie was awarded in the game against Houston, because neither team could play four games at the tourney due to season game limits. Hutchison was third with a 3-1 record.

“We’re looking like a pretty good hockey team,” Homer coach Buck Laukitis said. “This was really good competition. We had good games against Hutchison and Houston.”

Laukitis said his squad is looking forward to getting into North Star Conference play Tuesday, when the Mariners host Soldotna at 5:30 p.m.

Laukitis said the purpose of the tournament was to get the best small schools in the state competing at Homer.

On Friday, Kenai, which finished 2-2 at the tourney, notched a 4-3 victory over Houston.

Both teams notched a pair of goals in the first period. Kenai’s tallies came from Collin Morse, assisted by Justin Hibbert, and Jake Eubank.

The Kards took control with a pair of tallies in the second period for a 4-2 lead. Riley Weber scored on an assist from Dalton Dosko and Morse lit the lamp on an assist from Ryan Simpson.

Houston picked up a goal in the third period, but Kenai goalie Ben Mills was able to keep the Hawks off the board for the rest of the game. Mills made 21 saves, while the Kardinals put 23 shots on goal.

In other action Friday, Glennallen topped Delta Junction 3-1, Bartlett defeated Glennallen 6-1 and Homer topped Hutchison 5-1.

Saturday, Kenai dropped an 8-1 contest to Hutchison to finish the tournament at 2-2. Isaac Mese had the goal for the Kardinals.

“Homer put on a good tournament,” Kenai coach Pete Iverson said. “It was good for the kids to get a lot of games in a short amount of time.”

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