The host Homer hockey team evened the score with Soldotna on Tuesday at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena.
Tommy Bowe scored a pair of first-period goals as the Mariners notched a 2-1, North Star Conference victory.
Soldotna and Homer have played once this season in nonconference play, with Soldotna winning 2-1. The rubber match is Jan. 25 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.
Bowe started the scoring with 11:54 left in the first period on assists from Owen Delehanty and Ulian Kuzmin.
With 5:22 left in the first, Bowe struck again on an assist from Clem Tillion.
In the second period, Kenny Griffin got Soldotna within one when he scored on assists from Nick Wrobel and Justice Miller.
But Homer goalie Markian Polushkin was able to keep a clean sheet the rest of the way. He had 18 saves.
Cody Harvey made 21 saves for the Stars.
Mariners 2, Stars 1
Soldotna 0 1 0 —1
Homer 2 0 0 —2
First period — 1. Homer, Bowe (Delehanty, U. Kuzmin), 3:06; 2. Homer, Bowe (Tillion), 9:38. Penalties — none.
Second period — 3. Soldotna, Griffin (Wrobel, Miller), 5:35. Penalties — Soldotna 1 for 2:00; Homer 1 for 2:00.
Third period — none. Penalties — none.
Shots on goal — Soldotna 5-5-9—19. Homer 7-8-8—23.
Goalies — Soldotna, Harvey (23 shots, 21 saves); Homer, Polushkin (19 shots, 18 saves).
Power plays — Soldotna 0 for 1; Homer 0 for 1.