Skyview's Paddy Iverson tries to pass the puck around Wasilla's Arlin Welch (22) and Jordan Troisi in the third period Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The Wasilla hockey team wore down Skyview in an 8-3 North Star Conference victory Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
The Panthers, who are now 1-5 in the conference, dressed just 11 players for the game. That number grew smaller when Travis Richardson hurt his back early in the second period and was lost for the rest of the contest.
Wasilla coach Eric Troisi, whose team is now 4-1-1 in conference play, knew the Panthers were short on numbers and knew his team had crucial conference games today and Saturday. He used a lot of skaters to both wear down the Panthers and keep his players fresh for today and Saturday.
Skyview went into the third period trailing 3-2, but the Warriors finally got going early in the third period. Wasilla scored three goals in the first two minutes of the period to put the game out of reach.
"Three goals in the first minute and a half of the third period is a little tough to recover from," Skyview coach Pete Iverson said. "Wasilla's a tough team, but we played well against them."
Troisi did not think his skaters played a good game. One of his disappointments was the seven penalties his side committed. Skyview had just three penalties. That meant that even though Skyview didn't have as many skaters on the bench, they more often than not had more skaters on the ice.
The power plays and solid defense from Ryan Mercier and goalie Kyle Kirby allowed Skyview to stay in the game for as long as it did. After Wasilla opened the scoring in the first period by converting a turnover in the Skyview zone, the Warriors returned the favor and gave Skyview the puck in front of the Wasilla net for a power-play goal by Rob Flanders.
The Warriors worked the lead to 3-1, but Paddy Iverson cut the lead in half with a goal late in the second period. In the third period, Josh Cho closed the scoring for the Panthers with a goal that coach Iverson said was all second effort. Iverson also liked the play of winger Luke Magone.
Netting multiple-point evenings for the Warriors were Tanner Dutcher with four assists, Track Palin with two goals and an assist, Jeremiah Dargis with a goal and two assists and Carl Brent, Eric Zehnder and Jordan Ingalls with a goal and an assist. Andrew Tumbleson and Joel Kenworthy also had goals for Wasilla.
WARRIORS 8, PANTHERS 3
Wasilla 2 1 5 8
Skyview 1 1 1 3
First period 1. Wasilla, Ingalls (Dutcher), 4:51; 2. Skyview, Flanders (un.), 6:44; 3. Wasilla, Tumbleson (Dargis), 7:19. Penalties Wasilla 3 for 6:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Second period 4. Wasilla, Palin (Gittlien, Dutcher), 9:29; 5. Skyview, Iverson (Mercier), 12:07. Penalties Wasilla 1 for 2:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Third period 6. Wasilla, Palin (Dutcher, Dargis), 0:43; 7. Wasilla, Kenworthy (Zehnder, Brent), 1:00; 8. Wasilla, Brent (Elkins), 1:31; 9. Wasilla, Zehnder (Ingalls), 3:49; 10. Skyview, Cho (Iverson), 12:03; 11. Wasilla, Dargis (Palin, Dutcher), 13:34. Penalties Wasilla 3 for 6:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal Wasilla 10-13-2245; Skyview 6-7-1326.
Goalies Wasilla, Walker (26 shots, 23 saves); Skyview, Kirby (45 shots, 37 saves).
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