West Valley up to Ice Challenge

Wolfpack take tournament crown by topping Kenai Central in shootout

Posted: Sunday, November 07, 2004


  Kenai's Brad Fusaro keeps Soldotna's Ben Christianson from the puck in the second period Friday night during the Peninsula Ice Challenge. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Brad Fusaro keeps Soldotna's Ben Christianson from the puck in the second period Friday night during the Peninsula Ice Challenge.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge concluded Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The West Valley Wolfpack won the tournament by beating out the Kenai Kardinals in a tight overtime game that was determined by a five-man rotating shootout.

Goals from senior C.J. Henley and sophomores Travis Temple and Brad Fusaro gave Kenai an early 3-2 lead going into the second period.

Early in the second period, sophomore Owen Dukowitz answered a goal from West Valley with a score of his own to keep the Kardinals on top 4-3. West Valley tied the game up again, but thanks to senior Trevor Baldwin's goal with just over two minutes to go in the second period, the Kardinals went into the third on top 5-4.

West Valley opened the third with a quick goal only 34 seconds into the period. A defensive battle was the result as neither team would score for the rest of the period.

Senior goalie Dan Silver stopped the next five shots in the third and in overtime he stopped six more, including several decisive saves in crunch time with under a minute to go.

After the overtime period, the teams went to a five-man rotating shootout to determine the winner.

Silver stopped West Valley's first attempt in the shootout while Temple converted on Kenai's to go up 6-5. West Valley tied it up after a shot slipped by Silver, but senior John McGlasson scored to maintain a 7-6 lead. West Valley scored again on their third shot, but were denied by Silver on their fourth attempt. For Kenai, Dukowitz was stopped and junior Cody Carver was also denied for 7-7 tie going into the last round.

West Valley's Brock Kowalchuk snuck in a goal to take the lead for the first time 8-7. Kenai turned to Baldwin who was denied at the net by West Valley goalie RJ Copeland.

Silver finished with 28 saves while Temple was credited with two goals and a assist for the game.



West Valley 2 2 1 0 3 8

Kenai 3 2 0 0 2 7

First Period 1. Kenai, Henley (Silver), 9:57; 2. Kenai, Temple (Coleman), 8:47; 3. West Valley, Healey (Waggoner, Powers), 8:10; 4. West Valley, Waggoner (Siemoneit, Levinson), 5:16; 5. Kenai, Fusaro (Lillard, Cristiano), 3:53. Penalties - West Valley 4 for 16:00; Kenai 3 for 6:00.

Second Period 1. West Valley, Levinson (Gunderson, Shoemaker), 10:57; 2. Kenai, Dukowitz (Henley, Lillard), 3:53; 3. West Valley, Turnborough (Siemoneit, Kowalchuk), 3:08; 4. Kenai, Baldwin (Temple, John McGlasson). Penalties - West Valley 5 for 18:00; Kenai 5 for 10:00.

Third Period 1. West Valley, Siemoneit (Kowalchuk), 14:26. Penalties - West Valley 2 for 4:00; Kenai none

Overtime none. Penalties - West Valley 1 for 2:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.

Shootout - 1. Kenai, Temple; 2. West Valley, Healey; 3. Kenai, McGlasson; 4. West Valley, Powers; 5. West Valley, Kowalchuk.

Shots on goal - West Valley 7-12-6-6-536; Kenai 6-8-9-1-529

Goalies - West Valley, Copeland ( 29 shots, 22 saves); Kenai, Silver (36 shots, 28 saves).

Houston 9, Skyview 1

The Houston Hawks beat the Skyview Panthers as Houston finished the tournament at 2-1, while Skyview was 0-3. With only a 10-man roster, the Panthers did their best to stay with the deep Hawks team, but came up short in the end. Skyview avoided the shutout with a late goal from junior Cody Haberman.

Hawks 9, Panthers 1

Houston 2 3 4 9

Skyview 0 0 1 1

First Period 1. Houston, Williams (Styers, Morlock), 14:19; 2. Houston, Hundley (Cole, Jacobs), 13:30. Penalties - Houston 2 for 4:00; Skyview 2 for 4:00.

Second Period 1. Houston, Orth (Styers, Burelson), 12:26; 2. Houston, Lipse (Kincaid, Englund), 10:42; 3. Houston, Williams (Hundley), 7:44. Penalties - Houston 3 for 6:00; Skyview none

Third Period 1. Houston, Orth (Burelson), 12:58; 2. Houston, Kincaid (Williams, Morlock), 8:55; 3. Houston, Williams (Styers), 5:49; 4. Skyview, Haberman (Mercier), 4:26; 5. Houston, Orth (Kincaid), 2:50. Penalties - Houston 2 for 5:00; Skyview 2 for 4:00.

Shots on goal Houston 10-14-18 - 42; Skyview 6-4-8 - 18

Goalies Houston, Current (18 shots, 17 saves); 1. Skyview, O'Lena (24 shots, 19 saves); Kirby (18 shots, 14 saves)

Barlett 5, Soldotna 2

The Bartlett Golden Bears beat Soldotna in the last game of the 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge. Statistics were not available as the Clarion went to press.

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