The Homer hockey team defeated Nikiski 12-0 Tuesday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility in Greatland Conference action.
The Mariners improved their record to 8-1-1 in the conference and 12-5-2 overall, while the Bulldogs dropped to 0-10 overall.
Despite the disparity in records, the Bulldogs came out and challenged the Mariners in the first period. Nikiski kept the Mariners off the scoreboard early and even created a few good opportunities on net. Homer broke up the shutout with 3:34 left in the first period when Adam Trieweiler scored on assists from Scott Owen and Justin Adams. Travis Brown then added an unassisted goal for Homer before the end of the first period.
"Nikiski's a hard-working team," said Homer coach John Butcher. "We also came out a little slow."
Between periods, Butcher told his team to stay spread out on the ice and move the puck a little more. It must have worked, because the Mariners scored eight goals in the period to put away the Bulldogs.
Many of the goals came on rebounds. Nikiski goalie Sam Zulkanycz would make the initial save, but a number of Mariners would be standing in front of the net waiting for a rebound.
"All year long, we've been working on getting to the front of the net and picking up any rebounds or garbage that we can," Butcher said.
In the third period, Nikiski coach Donald Torres said he made some defensive adjustments in front of the net. That allowed backup goalie John Schwenke to allow just two goals in the third period.
"We didn't have any protection in front of the net in the second period," Torres said. "In the third period, we got the goalie some protection. It was a small, positive step."
Butcher said the Bulldogs are skating better than when Homer beat Nikiski 19-5 in early December. He also said his team is skating better due to the cold weather. There is no refrigerated ice in Homer, so the warm temperatures early in the winter meant scant ice time.
"It definitely improves our legs when we're able to be on the ice," Butcher said. "If the weather stays cold and we stay on ice, we should finish the season strong."
Owen had two goals and two assists, while Brown had two goals. Others with multiple points were Adams with a goal and three assists, Adam Trieweiler with a goal and an assist, Alex Trieweiler with a goal and an assist, Nate Miller with three assists, Keith Bell with a goal and an assist and Sam Satre with a goal and an assist. Tracy Quance and Andrew Biele also had their first goals of the season for Homer.
In addition to his team coming back and playing a solid third period, Torres saw some other positive signs Tuesday. He said the defensive line of Anthony Coveyou and Mike Anderson allowed just three of the goals, and one of those was on a power play. The coach also said Israel Blatchford created some good scoring opportunities and Justin Spotts looked good coming off an injury.
Nikiski will host Monroe Thursday at 7 p.m., while Glennallen will play Homer at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
MARINERS 12, BULLDOGS 0
Nikiski 0 0 0 0
Homer 2 8 2 12
First period 1. Homer, Ad. Trieweiler (Owen, Adams), 11:21; 2. Homer, Brown (un.), 13:17. Penalties Nikiski 0; Homer 1 for 2:00.
Second period 3. Homer, Al. Trieweiler (un.), 0:26; 4. Homer, Adams (Owen, Al. Trieweiler), 0:42; 5. Homer, Webb (Rasmussen, Pozzi), 4:51; 6. Homer, Owen (Adams), 5:29; 7. Homer, Owen (Adams, Ad. Trieweiler), 10:15; 8. Homer, Brown (Miller, Bell), 11:03; 9. Homer, Quance (Lewis, Miller), 13:32; 10. Homer, Bell (Miller), 14:55. Penalties Nikiski 2 for 4:00; Homer 1 for 2:00.
Third period 11. Homer, Biele (S. Satre), 9:13; 12. Homer, S. Satre (un.), 11:17. Penalties Nikiski 3 for 6:00; Homer 3 for 6:00.
Shots on goal Nikiski 5-7-416; Homer 21-24-1863.
Goalies Nikiski, Zulkanycz (45 shots, 35 saves), Schwenke (18 shots, 16 saves); Homer, Miller (5 shots, 5 saves), Rosencrans (11 shots, 11 saves).
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