Soldotna's Jake Bishop checks Barlett's Hugh Barnett in the second period Friday.
M. Scott Moon
After killing the first penalty of the game with 22 seconds remaining in the opening period, Soldotna coach Aaron Swanson was content taking a tie game into the locker room.
Clayton Glick obviously had other ideas.
The junior scored with only 3.3 seconds left in the first and added another power-play tally 2:04 into the second, propelling the Stars to a 2-0 victory over Bartlett at the Soldotna Sports Center on Friday evening.
Sent to the box for elbowing with 2:22 to go in the first frame, Glick received the puck as he emerged before speeding down the center of the ice and drawing a penalty with 8.2 seconds to go.
Junior Ben Christianson, who assisted on both goals, won the ensuing faceoff, dropping the puck to Glick, who then sent it fluttering past Bartlett goalie Stephen Deboer for the eventual game-winner.
Swanson was pleased with the late defensive effort.
But he was even more thrilled about the late score.
“We were real happy to get the penalty kill there late in the period. Anytime you’re late in the period, you hate to give up a goal,” he explained. “When you’ve got to kill a penalty that late in the period, it’s nice to get through it.
“Before the penalty, we were just going to be happy to go in 0-0,” Swanson added. “It was real fortunate. We were real happy to get that momentum-builder going into the second period.”
With a man advantage, Glick lit the lamp again early in the second when he sliced between two defenders and wristed it by Deboer.
“Our power play’s been a weakness for us throughout the year. We’ve been working on that a lot over the last few weeks in practice,” Swanson said. “We’re real happy with the puck movement we had (Friday).”
While the Stars converted twice with an extra man on the ice, it was their impenetrable defense that helped win the game.
Soldotna's Eli Waldrip trips up Bartlett's Ryan McDonald while keeping him from the puck in the third period Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
M. Scott Moon
SoHi staved off seven Bartlett power plays, including a 5-on-3 that lasted 1:31.
“The kids just did a great job getting in the passing lanes and shooting lanes and really didn’t give them any good opportunities at all,” Swanson said. “For five-on-three, that’s really hard work and the kids did a real good job with that.”
The Bears who managed only three shots in the final period were denied all night by SoHi goaltender Micah Perletti, who turned away all 23 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season.
“He’s great between the pipes and that’s what we count on him doing for us every night,” Swanson said.
West 7, Kenai 1
An evenly matched first period came to a disappointing close for Kenai.
The Kardinals surrendered a power-play goal with only 54.7 seconds left in the opening frame and then allowed three goals in the first 3:36 of the second period in falling to West High of Anchorage, 7-1, Friday night.
Late in the first, West’s Travis Buckmeier received the puck in the neutral zone and sent it up the right side to Casey Bailey before he slid it back to Buckmeier in front of the net for a one-timer and a 1-0 advantage.
“That hurt because we were in a 0-0 game. And we thought, despite the fact that I don’t think we played that well, we were still in a 0-0 game,” Kenai coach Nate Kiel said. “We were getting ready to go into the locker room and regroup 0-0 and they score that on you and that really hurts.”
It proved to be the backbreaker as the Eagles came out strong in the second, netting two goals in the first 44 seconds and another less than three minutes later for a commanding 4-0 lead.
“Then we regrouped (after the first) and we thought we were ready and we were lackadaisical and on our heels and our coverage in front of the net was poor,” Kiel explained. “That’s discouraging because our coverage overall was so good in the SoHi game before the break. We played the best defense of the year.
“Our team defense was outstanding a month ago,” he added. “It’s not outstanding right now.”
After allowing West’s fifth goal with 12:03 remaining in the contest, Kenai (9-4-1) finally got on the board when Dean Howell took a pass from Brad Fusaro behind the net and lifted it over the left shoulder of Eagles goalie Andrew Tatham with 9:34 to play.
While Tatham denied 20 of the 21 shots he faced, Kenai’s Lauren Baldwin was met with 40 shots and turned away 33.
Despite it being the Kardinals’ first game in nearly a month, Kiel wasn’t using that as an excuse.
“They’re a big strong team. They have a lot of depth. They have three solid lines. All lines scored, I think, for them (Friday),” he said. “We weren’t prepared. Whether it was due to a break ... We have to learn to battle through things.
“I want to give them credit because they’re one of the top teams in the state.”
West 1, Soldotna 0, OT
Matt Thompson scored with 7:34 remaining in overtime to lift West past Soldotna, 1-0, on Saturday.
After three scoreless periods in which both teams went to the penalty box only five times each, Thompson netted the game’s only goal off an assist by Jeff Earnest on the Eagles’ lone shot in overtime.
West goaltender Channing Hess denied all 20 shots he faced while SoHi’s Micah Perletti turned away 37 of 38 shots.
Homer JV 5, Nikiski 0
Josh Pitta recorded a hat trick and Tracy Quance and Derek Dour each added goals in leading Homer’s JV team past Nikiski, 5-0, at the Jason Peterson Memorial Ice Rink on Saturday.
Quance opened the scoring only 35 seconds into the game and Pitta later netted his first on a power play, giving the Mariners a 2-0 edge entering the second.
Two more tallies in the middle frame made it 4-0 and Pitta capped the scoring with his third goal of the game late in the third period.
Homer’s Luke Eckert denied all four shots he faced while Nikiski’s Sam Zulkanycz stopped 38 of 43 shots.
Kenai 9, Bartlett 5
The Kardinals scored four unanswered goals in the third period to pick up a nonconference victory over the Golden Bears on Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Jed McGlasson scored four goals for Kenai, while Owen Dukowitz added three. Also scoring for the Kardinals were Taylor Brewer and Owen Dukowitz. Lauren Baldwin had 20 saves for Kenai.
STARS 2, BEARS 0
Bartlett 0 0 0 0
Soldotna 1 1 0 2
First period 1. Soldotna, Glick (Christianson), 14:57 (pp). Penalties Bartlett 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.
Second period 2. Soldotna, Glick (Christianson, Bishop), 2:04 (pp). Penalties Bartlett 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 6 for 12:00.
Third period Penalties Bartlett 4 for 8:00, Soldotna 3 for 6:00.
Shots on goal Bartlett 10-10-323; Soldotna 8-5-821.
Goalies Bartlett, Deboer (21 shots-19 saves); Soldotna, Perletti (23 shots-23 saves).
EAGLES 7, KARDINALS 1
West 1 3 3 7
Kenai 0 0 1 1
First period 1. West, Buckmeier (Bailey, Bennett), 14:05 (pp). Penalties West 1 for 2:00; Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Second period 2. West, Radford (Bennett), :28; 3. West, Merkle (Thompson), :44; 4. West, Ladrow (Thompson, Spaan), 3:36. Penalties Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Third period 5. West, Street (Buckmeier), 2:57 (pp); 6. West, Ladrow, 4:16 (sh); 7. Kenai, Howell (Fusaro, Dukowitz), 5:26; 8. West, Dougherty (Street, Radford), 9:13 (pp). Penalties West 5 for 18:00, Kenai 4 for 8:00.
Shots on goal West 12-14-1440; Kenai 5-7-921.
Goalies West, Tatham (21 shots-20 saves); Kenai, Baldwin (40 shots-33 saves).
MARINERS 5, BULLDOGS 0
Homer 2 2 1 5
Nikiski 0 0 0 0
First period 1. Homer, Quance (Dour, Buckley), :35; 2. Homer, Pitta, 8:58 (pp). Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00; Nikiski 4 for 8:00.
Second period 3. Homer, Pitta (Dour), 1:17; 4. Homer, Dour (Robin, Kalugin), 1:51. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00; Nikiski 4 for 16:00.
Third period 5. Homer, Pitta (Quance, Miller), 9:02. Penalties Nikiski 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal Homer 17-14-1243; Nikiski 2-1-14.
Goalies Homer, Eckert (4 shots-4 saves); Nikiski, Zulkanycz (43 shots-38 saves).
EAGLES 1, STARS 0
West 0 0 0 1 1
Kenai 0 0 0 0 0
First period Penalties West 2 for 4:00.
Second period Penalties West 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.
Third period Penalties West 1 for 10:00, Soldotna 3 for 6:00.
Overtime 1. West, Thompson (Earnest), 7:26.
Shots on goal West 9-12-16-138; Soldotna 5-2-3-1020.
Goalies West, Hess (20 shots-20 saves); Soldotna, Perletti (38 shots-37 saves).
KARDINALS 9, GOLDEN BEARS 5
Bartlett 3 2 0 5
Kenai 3 2 4 9
First period 1. Kenai, McGlasson (Fusaro), 1:59; 2. Bartlett, Johnson (un.), 2:05; 3. Bartlett, McDonald (Barnett, Bowen), 3:05; 4. Kenai, Fusaro (Dukowitz, Gabriel), 9:07; 5. Kenai, Fusaro (McGlasson, Brewer), 12:02; 6. Barlett, Sutter (McDonald), 12:42.
Second period 7. Kenai, McGlasson (Dukowitz, Fusaro), 9:25; 8. Kenai, McGlasson (Howell), 11:10; 9. Bartlett, Johnson (King), 12:20; 10. Barlett, Rawls (Johnson), 13:51.
Third period 11. Kenai, Brewer (Steinbeck), 1:20; 12. Kenai, Dukowitz (Fusaro, Gabriel), 6:34; 13. Kenai, McGlasson (Steinbeck), 7:37; 14. Kenai, Fusaro (McGlasson, Dukowitz), 10:16.
Shots on goal Bartlett 9-8-825; Kenai 11-13-1539.
Goalies Barlett, Deboer (39 shots, 30 saves); Kenai, Baldwin (25 shots, 20 saves).
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