The Houston hockey team picked up a 3-2 victory over Kenai late Saturday night in nonconference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.
The Hawks got the game winner with 11:41 left in the game when Jake Williams netted his second goal of the contest.
Kenai got on the board first when Owen Brewer scored on assists from Adrian Borchgrevink and Boone Hall 4:24 into the first period. However, Williams tied the game for Houston with five seconds left in the period.
In the second period, the Kards took the lead again when Borchgrevink scored on an assist by Brewer. However, Brett Styers tied the game late in the second period, setting up the game winner of Williams.
Kenai had backup goaltender Ryan Whitely in the net, but Kardinals coach Brian Gabriel Sr. said the senior was not the reason Kenai lost the game. In fact, Whitely made a play that could have won the game for the Kardinals. With Kenai leading 2-1 in the second period, the Hawks received a penalty shot.
"(Whitely) is in his first year of hockey, and he's a goalie, so that's a double whammy right there," Gabriel Sr. said. "They had one of their better kids take the penalty shot and I think some of the kids on our bench figured it was a goal. He made a nice save on the penalty shot, but we couldn't get anything going off of it."
Gabriel Sr. also complimented the play of Wally Ward.
"I like putting him on the ice in a game like this because he's a kid who's going to give 110 percent no matter what, even if other people on the team are frustrated with the referees," Gabriel Sr. said.
Kenai plays North Star Conference games against Skyview Thursday and Soldotna Friday.
HAWKS 3, KARDINALS 2
Houston 1 1 1 -- 3
Kenai 1 1 0 -- 2
First period -- 1. Kenai, Owen Brewer (Adrian Borchgrevink, Boone Hall), 4:24; 2. Houston, Jake Williams (Blake Fisher), 14:55. Penalties -- Houston 3 for 16:00; Kenai 2 for 14:00.
Second period -- 3. Kenai, Adrian Borchgrevink (Owen Brewer), 5:01; 4. Houston, Brett Styers (Blake Fisher), 15:00. Penalties -- Houston 3 for 9:00; Kenai 3 for 16:00.
Third period -- 5. Houston, Jake Williams (unassisted), 3:19. Penalties -- Houston 3 for 6:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal -- Houston 6-10-8--24; Kenai 7-5-3--15.
Goalies -- Houston, David Branholm (15 shots, 13 saves); Kenai, Ryan Whitely (24 shots, 21 saves).
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