Kenai's Aaron Lampman-Reid and Soldotna's Sam Evanoff chase the puck in the second period Friday.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Ben Boycott posted a shutout in his first game in goal for Kenai Central as the Kardinals defeated Soldotna 6-0 Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center in the 2004 Peninsula Ice Challenge.
Following a 7-2 victory over Soldotna on Oct. 30, the Kardinals, who received two goals apiece from Nelson Kempf and Aaron Lampman-Reid, are now 2-0 against the Stars this year.
Despite losing by more goals this time than last time, Soldotna coach Aaron Swanson said his team played Kenai better this time better than last time.
"We played better," Swanson said. "We're getting better at using our systems. They have a high-powered offense that is hard to cover, though."
Soldotna came out skating right with the Kardinals, creating numerous breakdowns in Kenai's defense. While Kenai had 12 shots on goal in the first period, Soldotna kept up by putting 10 shots on net.
The Kardinals were still able to escape the period with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals by Kempf and Micah Lillard and great netminding by Boycott. His best work came late in the first period, when Kenai killed off a 4-on-3 situation.
"We had a lot of breakdowns in coverages where our goalie saved us," Kenai coach Nate Kiel said. "It says a lot for our goalie that we still got a shutout, but we can't keep having those breakdowns."
Kiel said his team did not have a good warmup before the game, and also came out skating sluggishly in the first period. In the second period, the Kardinals had more pop in their skates, getting 17 shots and goals from Michael Drobnick, Kempf and Lampman-Reid.
"The first period was definitely better than the second," Swanson said. "Our young guys just got excited and started running around rather than playing the system.
"Combine that with the speed that Kenai has from top to bottom, and that makes it tough."
By the third period, Kenai's superior depth had Soldotna worn down. The Kardinals had 19 shots to Soldotna's eight, but Kyle Kay was able to hold down the fort by allowing just one goal to Lampman-Reid.
Boycott, who stopped a penalty shot by Matt Vasile in the second period, said the shutout was a team effort.
"I thought the defense did a good job," Boycott said. "Ideally, the other team will never get a shot from the center of the ice, but no defense in the world is going to do that.
"Shutouts are never because of one guy."
Both Swanson and Kiel continued to be disappointed with the penalties their teams are accumulating. Kenai had 11 penalties, while Soldotna had 14 penalties.
KARDINALS 6, STARS 0
Kenai 2 3 1 6
Soldotna 0 0 0 0
First period 1. Kenai, Kempf (Lillard), 6:56; 2. Kenai, Lillard (Henley), 13:44. Penalties Kenai 5 for 10:00; Soldotna 4 for 8:00.
Second period 3. Kenai, Drobnick (Jed McGlasson, Dukowitz), :11; 4. Kenai, Kempf (Lillard, Fusaro), 11:46; 5. Kenai, Lampman-Reid (Gabriel, John McGlasson), 13:47. Penalties Kenai 3 for 12:00; Soldotna 6 for 20:00.
Third period 6. Kenai, Lampman-Reid (Carver, Henley), 6:49. Penalties Kenai 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 4 for 8:00.
Shots on goal Kenai 12-17-1948; Soldotna 10-6-824.
Goalies Kenai, Boycott (24 shots, 24 saves); Soldotna, Kay (48 shots, 42 saves).
West Valley 19, Skyview 0
Skyview had just 10 players for the game. That lack of depth was no match for the Wolfpack.
WOLFPACK 19, PANTHERS 0
West Valley 6 5 8 19
Skyview 0 0 0 0
First period 1. West Valley, Shoemaker (Quakenbush, Levison), 4:57; 2. West Valley, Waggoner (Powers, Fenno), 6:56; 3. West Valley, Waggoner (Powers, Healy), 7:32; 4. West Valley, Powers (un.), 7:45; 5. West Valley, Siemoneit (Waggoner, Powers), 8:01; 6. West Valley, Gundersen (Haas), 12:40. Penalties West Valley 1 for 2:00.
Second period 7. West Valley, Turnbough (Levengood, Kowalonuk), 10:30; 8. West Valley, Levison (Quakenbush), 10:44; 9. West Valley, Healy (Waggoner, Siemoneit), 9:22; 10. West Valley, Turnbough (Kowalonuk, Levengood), 10:12; 11. West Valley, Levison (un.), 11:40. Penalties West Valley 2 for 4:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Third period 12. West Valley, Quakenbush (Levison), 14:52; 13. West Valley, Waggoner (Healy, Stragier), 2:51; 14. West Valley, Roth (Haas), 5:08; 15. West Valley, Kowalonuk (Siemoneit), 6:51; 16. West Valley, Waggoner (un.), 8:54; 17. West Valley, Levison (Quakenbush, Shoemaker), 10:00; 18. West Valley, Kowalonuk (un.), 12:00; 19. West Valley, Roth (Haas), 13:09. Penalties West Valley 2 for 4:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal West Valley 15-22-1754; Skyview 7-5-618.
Goalies West Valley, Stragier (18 shots, 18 saves); Skyview, O'Lena (54 shots, 35 saves).
Houston 5, Bartlett 2
The Hawks got a hat trick from Wade Williams picked up a victory over the Golden Bears.
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