Friday night had fresh start written all over it for the Skyview hockey team.
It was the first game after the Christmas break. It was time to break out some brand-new uniforms. And, with a game against Kenny Lake -- a team that dresses just 11 skaters -- it seemed like a great time to improve a 3-6-1 record compiled before the break.
Skyview ended up notching a 3-1 victory at the Soldotna Sports Center, but for the first two periods of the game, the Panthers were having a hard time marking a new beginning.
Flash back to Skyview's last game before the break. Nikiski's John Schwenke played a superb game in goal for the Bulldogs, as Nikiski upset Skyview 4-3.
Friday night, Kenny Lake sophomore Michael Kimberlin was John Schwenke.
The Panthers dominated the first two periods of play, outshooting the Hawks 33-11. But, due to stellar goaltending by Kimberlin, the Panthers found themselves down 1-0.
The first two periods can be summed up in one sequence of plays. With about 9 minutes left in the first period, Kimberlin was getting peppered by shots and dropped his stick.
With a gullable goalie, the Panthers kept threw at least two more shots on Kimberlin before Kenny Lake was finally able to clear its zone.
Just as Kimberlin was skating behind the goal to retrieve his stick, Kimberlin's brother, Tom, was finding teammate John Devens for a goal on the other end.
"I was pretty concerned," Skyview's Lukas Fellman said. "This has been an ongoing thing with us. We were getting a lot of good shots, but that was the best goalie we've seen this year."
Fellman finally broke the ice with 7:25 left in the third period when he scored with assists from Joel Christianson and Gabe Fellman.
That goal came on the power play, as did the game winner. With 51 seconds left in the game, Tom Kimberlin was whistled for elbowing. Just 7 seconds later, Daniel Christianson scored on assists from Joel Christianson and Travis Mercier.
Gabe Fellman clinched the game for Skyview with 6 seconds left when, on assists from Lukas Fellman and Daniel Christianson, he scored on an empty net.
"This was a big victory because it's going to excite the team a lot more," Daniel Christianson said. "It would have been a tough loss."
Skyview coach Pete Iverson said the win showed his squad had learned from the loss to Nikiski. In that game, Iverson said the team stopped shooting because of solid goalie play.
Skyview's Mitch Burdick keeps Kenny Lake's John Devens from the puck in the third period.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Friday night, Skyview kept firing and eventually Michael Kimberlin was had. The Panthers had 25 shots on goal in the third period.
Kenny Lake coach Shawn Friendshuh said fatigue played a part in the third period. Tom Kimberlin and Greg Cooley stayed on the ice pretty much the whole game for Kenny Lake. Plus, coming off Christmas break and a game against Nikiski Thursday, the Hawks didn't quite have their game legs under them yet.
"When you're playing with a small team, goaltending is something you have to have if you're going to stay in the game," Friendshuh said. "We had good goaltending, but Skyview did a nice job.
"They moved the puck around well."
Iverson also credited Chris Bouwens and David Quartley with strong games on defense.
PANTHERS 3, HAWKS 1
Kenny Lake 1 0 0 --1
Skyview 0 0 3 --3
First period -- 1. Kenny Lake, Devens (T. Kimberlin), 6:22. Penalties -- Kenny Lake 1 for 2:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- none. Penalties -- Kenny Lake 1 for 2:00; Skyview 3 for 6:00.
Third period -- none. Penalties -- Kenny Lake 2 for 4:00; Skyview 0 for 0:00.
Shots on goal -- Kenny Lake 8-3-3--14; Skyview 18-15-25--58.
Saves -- Kenny Lake, M. Kimberlin (58 shots, 55 saves); Skyview, Kay (14 shots, 13 saves).
Wasilla 3, Skyview 1
The Skyview High School hockey team dropped a North Star Conference game to Wasilla Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
The loss drops Skyview to 1-3-1 in the conference and 4-7-1 overall.
Wasilla goalie Nathan Banbury and Skyview netminder Kyle Kay each kept the other's team at bay through two periods of play.
Wasilla finally broke the ice in the opening minute of the third period, but Lukas Fellman responded for the Panthers, tying the score at 1 4:18 into the frame. Travis Mercer and Nelson Kempf assisted on the play.
Wasilla potted the go-ahead goal with just under two minutes to play, though, and added an empty-netter with two seconds left on the clock.
WARRIORS 3, PANTHERS 1
Wasilla 0 0 3 -- 3
Skyview 0 0 1 -- 1
First period -- none. Penalties -- Skyview 2 for 4:00; Wasilla 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- none. Penalties -- Wasilla 3 for 6:00.
Third period -- 1. Wasilla, Kaufman (Tumbleson, Korsmo), 0:16; 2. Fellman (Mercer, Kempf), 4:18; 3. Wasilla,Troisi (Syvertson) 13:13; 4. Wasilla, Kaufman (Troisi, Tumbleson), 14:58 (en). Penalties -- Skyview 1 for 2:00, Wasilla 1 for 2:00.
Shots -- Wasilla 14-6-14--34, Skyview 4-6-13--23.
Goalies -- Wasilla, Banbury (23 shots, 22 saves); Skyview, Kay (33 shots, 30 saves).
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