West Valley's Steven Siemoneit, left, and Kenai's Jed McGlasson in action during the second period of their fourth place game at the 4A State High School Hockey Championship tournament Saturday morning, February 12, 2005 at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
West Valley closed out its season with a 6-2 win over Kenai Central Saturday in the fourth-place game of the Frozen Pond Class 4A State Hockey Tournament at the Big Dipper Ice Arena in Fairbanks.
The Wolfpack (16-6-1) were led by junior forward Addison Turnbough, who scored two goals, including the eventual game winner.
Turnbough opened the scoring halfway through the first period. After a series of on-the-money, cross-ice passes, Hunter Levengood fired a shot at Kenai goalie Dan Silver, who blocked the puck, but Turnbough was there for the rebound.
About a minute later, a Tony Haas' slap shot sliced past Silver. Turnbough followed that up with his second goal on a power play just 17 seconds into the second. It gave the Wolfpack a commanding 3-0 lead.
"I think they beat us to more pucks," said Kenai coach Nate Kiel. "They also played better overall on both ends of the ice. They definitely played better defensive hockey than us."
But a three-minute run in the middle of the second brought the Kardinals (16-6-3) back to within one.
First, Brad Fusaro handled a C.J. Henley pass and sent a wrist shot past West Valley's Erik Largen, who was back in goal after taking Friday night off. Then Trevor Baldwin got into the scoring mix, poking the puck out of Largen's reach on an assist from Micah Lillard.
"We wanted to close it out when we had the chance, but we let them back in the game," West Valley coach Erik Drygas said.
Even when they were down 3-0, Kiel had confidence in the Kardinals, who entered the tournament with a depleted roster thanks to a series of injuries and ineligible players on their first two lines.
"We've got firepower and we know we can score goals," he said. "Our mission was to come back and win the second period."
Kenai attacked the West Valley zone in the second, controlling the fast-paced flow of the game. But by the time the two teams headed to the locker room for the second intermission, West Valley was back up by two on an unassisted power-play slap shot off the stick of Isak Quakenbush.
"We did a good job of regrouping and getting back to playing our type of hockey to get another (comfortable) lead," Drygas said.
West Valley added two insurance goals in the third. At 3:21, Craig Wright redirected a high Quakenbush shot (the puck was sailing about 30 inches above the surface of the ice) into the net to make it 5-2. Seven minutes later, Steven Siemoneit sealed it when he handed a Dan Powers pass and beat Silver.
The physical game was punctuated by 22 penalties, and Kenai's Aaron Lampman-Reid and West Valley's Josh Norum were ejected for fighting as time expired in the second period.
Despite the game's ugly moments, Drygas is happy with the way the Wolfpack played at the tournament and throughout the season.
"We had to deal with a lot of things," Drygas said. "The team seemed to gel it together."
Kenai had advanced to the fourth-place game with a 6-2 victory over Lathrop Friday. The Kardinals scored four goals in the second period, including two from Cody Carver, in opening a 5-1 lead.
West takes third
The West Anchorage Eagles bounced back from Friday night's tough 3-2 loss to Dimond in the semifinals and drubbed the Wasilla Warriors 12-1 in the third-place game on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles scored four times in the first period and added five more in the second to take a 9-0 lead before Wasilla's Jordan Troisi scored the lone goal for the Warriors.
Luke Bennett had a hat trick to lead the Eagles high-powered offensive attack, while Kyle Bailey added a pair of goals. Neil Walsky, Charlie Smith, Tyler Radford, Kyle Hall, Chris Ling and J. Smith each scored once.
Steven Thompson made 11 saves to earn the win for West, while Ronald Walker stopped 30 shots in taking the loss.
Jeff Benzak is the Sports Editor of the Kodiak Daily Mirror, who is helping the News-Miner cover the state hockey tournament.
KARDINALS 6, MALEMUTES 2
Kenai 1 4 1 6
Lathrop 1 0 1 2
First period 1. Kenai, Kempf (Jo. McGlasson, Baldwin), 6:12 (pp). 2. Lathrop, Conlon (Ryan), 4:19. Penalties Kenai 1 for 2:00. Lathrop 3 for 14:00.
Second period 3. Kenai, Carver (Kempf, Jo. McGlasson), 11:41 (pp). 4. Kenai, Carver (Baldwin, Jo. McGlasson), 6:23 (pp). 5. Kenai, Fusaro (Baldwin), 2:03 (pp). 6. Kenai, Dukowitz (Unassisted), 1:06. Penalties Lathrop 4 for 16:00.
Third period 7. Kenai, Fusaro (Gabriel), 7:27. 8. Lathrop, Case (Avery, McGregor), 1:56 (pp.) Penalties Kenai 3 for 6:00. Lathrop 3 for 6:00.
Goalies Kenai, Boycott (20 saves). Lathrop, Maynes (16 saves), Fisher (5 saves).
WOLFPACK 6, KARDINALS 2
West Valley 2 2 2 6
Kenai 0 2 0 2
First period1. West Valley, Turnbough (Levengood), 7:33 (pp). 2. West
Valley, Haas (Gundersen, Waggoner), 6:28. PenaltiesWest Valley 3 for 6
minutes. Kenai 4 for 8 minutes.
Second period3. West Valley, Turnbough (Siemoneit), 14:43 (pp). 4. Kenai,
Fusaro (Henley), 7:04. 5. Kenai, Baldwin (Lillard), 4:19. 6. West Valley,
Quackenbush (Unassisted), 2:09. PenaltiesWest Valley 5 for 13 minutes.
Kenai 5 for 13 minutes.
Third period7. West Valley, Wright (Quakenbush), 11:39. 8. West Valley,
Siemoneit (Powers), 4:37. PenaltiesWest Valley 2 for 4 minutes. Kenai 3 for
GoaliesWest Valley, Largen (21 saves). Kenai, Silver (16 saves)
Homer finishes second
The Homer High School hockey team played to a second-place finish in the Greatland division of the state high school hockey tournament, dropping the championship game to Houston by a score of 4-1 Saturday at the Big Dipper Arena in Fairbanks.
Scott Owen scored for the Mariners midway through the second period to cut the Hawks' lead to one goal, 2-1, but Houston added another goal late in the second period and scored a quick goal to open the third period, sealing the win.
Ben Miller made 22 saves for the Mariners.
Friday, the Mariners reached the championship game with a 5-4 overtime victory over Tri-Valley.
Homer went down 3-0 in the game, but Justin Adams and Scott Owen scored a minute apart in the second period to cut the deficit to 3-2. Adams then tied the game with a goal early in the third period.
Ben Jordan gave the Viking Warriors a 4-3 lead with 8:12 left in the game, but Adam Trieweiler sent the game into overtime when he converted a pass from Alex Trieweiler with 1:14 showing on the clock.
Travis Brown notched the game winner for Homer 2:33 into overtime.
HAWKS 4, MARINERS 1
Houston 1 2 1 4
Homer 0 1 0 1
First period 1. Houston, Je. Morlock (Kincaid), 13:02.
Second period 2. Houston, R, Morlock (Je. Morlock), 4:17; 3. Homer, Owen (Adams, Satre), 8:09; 4. Houston, Westfall (unassisted), 12:37.
Third period 5. Houston, Williams (R. Morlock), 1:20.
Goalies Houston, Sutton-Jones (28 shots, 27 saves); Homer, Miller (26 shots, 22 saves).
MARINERS 5, VIKING WARRIORS 4, OT
Tri-Valley 2 1 1 0 4
Homer 0 2 2 1 5
First period 1. Tri-Valley, Usibelli (un.), 4:26; 2. Tri-Valley, Usibelli (un.), 7:15. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00.
Second period 3. Tri-Valley, Jordan (un.), 1:15; 4. Homer, Adams (Al. Trieweiler), 3:02; 5. Homer, Owen (Adams), 4:03. Penalties Homer 3 for 6:00.
Third period 6. Homer, Adams (Owen), 2:29; 7. Tri-Valley, Jordan (DeBlauw), 6:48; 8. Homer, Ad. Trieweiler (Al. Trieweiler), 13:46. Penalties Tri-Valley 2 for 4:00; Homer 3 for 6:00.
Overtime 9. Homer, Brown (Cooper), 2:33.
Shots on goal Tri-Valley 10-6-7-023; Homer 9-10-9-432.
Goalies Tri-Valley, Arquette (32 shots, 27 saves); Homer, Miller (23 shots, 19 saves).
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