Weekend prep hockey roundup

Photo by M. Scott Moon Kenai goalie Ben Mills contends with sticks and the puck in the second period Friday against East Anchorage.

The East hockey team defeated Kenai Central 12-1 on Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center in nonconference action.

The Kardinals then lost to Eagle River at the sports center 8-1 in another nonconference affair on Saturday.

East grabbed a 6-0 lead in the first period, but Kenai started the second period with a goal. Kyle Olson lit the lamp on assists from Cody Aberlovsky and Nathan Zorbas. But East was able to close out the dominant victory, piling up a 48-13 advantage on shots.

Kenai’s Justin Alvey had 24 saves on 32 shots, while Ben Mills made 12 saves on 16 shots for the Kards. For East, Kris Oldham made 12 saves on 13 shots.

Sam Stinson had a hat trick for the Thunderbirds, while Brian Cresap and Justin Beverlin added two goals apiece.

In Saturday’s game, Eagle River scored just 1 minute, 13 seconds, into the game, but Kenai answered with 13:10 left in the period when Jake Eubank scored unassisted.

From that point on, it was all Eagle River.

Justin Alvey made 31 saves on 39 shots for the Kards, while Jeffrey Hartmann had 17 saves for Eagle River.

Carter Jesiel had a hat trick for the Wolves, while Brett Wood added a pair of scores.

Soldotna hockey team splits

The Soldotna hockey team defeated Eagle River 1-0 on Friday in overtime at the sports center before falling to East 5-1 on Saturday. Both games were nonconference.

The Stars were still playing shorthanded on Friday, down six players, but took the win when Kenny Griffen scored midway through the overtime period.

“The big thing was the resiliency of the kids was awesome,” SoHi coach Aaron Swanson said. “The kids all did their part and worked hard the whole night.”

Cody Harvey had the shutout for the Stars.

“Both goalies had great games,” Swanson said. “They outshot us for sure, but both goalies played well.”

The Stars got Jarrett Urban back for Saturday’s game, but were still missing five players.

“The big thing for us was the kids looked pretty tired,” Swanson said. “I’m sure they felt pretty tired too.”

Harvey played the first half of the game, and Nate O’Lena played the second half.

“We feel like they are the best 1-2 combo in the conference,” Swanson said.

Urban had the lone goal for the Stars.

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