Way back in mid-November, the Wasilla hockey team scored in the waning moments of the third period to steal a tie from Skyview.
Late Saturday night at the Soldotna Sports Center, the Panthers did the Warriors one better.
Skyview's Johnathan Allen found the back of the net with just two seconds left in the third period to earn the Panthers a 3-3 tie against the Warriors in North Star Conference action. Allen was set up for his top-shelf tally by Lukas Fellman and Wayne Maxwell.
"They were just thrilled on the bench," Skyview assistant coach David Waltemyer said of the Panthers. "That's kind of how they were the whole game. They were just ready to play.
"They played solid the whole game. It really showed at the end, even though they couldn't get a goal in to win it."
Even as the last seconds ticked off the clock in the third period, Waltemyer said the Panthers stuck to their strategy of getting the puck in Wasilla's zone and setting up the offense.
"I've been around this program too long to give up, even in the last 10 seconds," said Waltemyer, who has been at Skyview for six years. "It seems like we're a third-period team."
Wasilla took a 1-0 lead into the second period before Maxwell and Mike Woodward assisted on a goal by Fellman to knot the score with 12:09 left in the second. Wasilla took the lead back with 3:00 left in the second period, but Maxwell, assisted by Woodward, tied the game again just one minute into the third period.
Wasilla then potted a goal with about six minutes to play to set up the heroics of Allen.
The Panthers outshot Wasilla 36-29 in the game, although the Warriors did pile up a 7-3 advantage on shots in the overtime period. However, Skyview goalie Mike Bell was up to the task of preserving the tie.
The tie improved Skyview's record in conference to 2-4-2.
PANTHERS 3, WARRIORS 3
Wasilla 1 1 1 0 -- 3
Skyview 0 1 2 0 -- 3
First period -- 1. Wasilla, Jaime Roberts (Jake Wright, Jordan Divis), 3:03. Penalties -- Wasilla 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 2. Skyview, Lukas Fellman (Wayne Maxwell, Mike Woodward), 2:51; 3. Wasilla, John Smeltz (unassisted), 12:00. Penalties -- Wasilla 2 for 6:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Third period -- 4. Skyview, Wayne Maxwell (Mike Woodward), 1:01; 5. Wasilla, Aaron Sandone (Lucas Hegg), 9:02; 6. Skyview, Jon Allen (Lukas Fellman, Wayne Maxwell), 14:52. Penalties -- Wasilla 4 for 18:00; Skyview 3 for 6:00.
Shots on goal -- Wasilla 5-9-8-7--29; Skyview 9-12-12-3--36.
Goalies -- Wasilla, Nathan Banbury (36 shots, 33 saves); Skyview, Mike Bell (29 shots, 26 saves).
Colony 5, Kenai 1
The Knights completed a three-game North Star Conference sweep on the road Saturday at the sports center by controlling the Kardinals.
Colony grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Joey Guild and Seth Reda.
After Matt Piatt made it 3-0 in the second, Kenai's Brian Gabriel Jr. solved Greg Strohmeyer with 1:04 left in the second. Gabriel Jr.'s goal was unassisted.
The Knights thwarted the comeback attempt with goals in the third period from Chris Crosta and Guild.
Steven Campanella made 45 saves for Kenai.
KNIGHTS 5, KARDINALS 1
Colony 2 1 2 -- 5
Kenai 0 1 0 -- 1
First period -- 1. Colony, Joey Guild (unassisted), 9:07; 2. Colony, Seth Reda (Trevor Tillinghast, Matt Luthi), 10:29. Penalties -- Colony 4 for 18:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 3. Colony, Matt Piatt (Adam Senta, Seth Reda), 5:52; 4. Kenai, Brian Gabriel Jr. (unassisted), 13:56. Penalties -- Colony 2 for 4:00; Kenai 3 for 6:00.
Third period -- 5. Colony, Chris Crosta (unassisted), 8:21; 6. Colony, Joey Guild (Nathan Pokryfki, Chris Crosta), 14:54. Penalties -- Colony 2 for 14:00; Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Shots on goal -- Colony 13-20-17-50; Kenai 9-4-4--17.
Goalies -- Colony, Greg Strohmeyer (17 shots, 16 saves); Kenai, Steven Campanella (50 shots, 45 saves).
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