In a game that had a total of 27 penalties, Kenai Central took the best advantage of the odd numbers of players on the ice Friday in a 5-1 defeat of Skyview at the Soldotna Sports Center.
The Kardinals went 3-for-9 on the power play and added another goal in a 4-on-4 situation. The Panthers, meanwhile, were 1-for-9 on the power play in the nonconference affair.
Skyview committed 14 penalties in the game, while Kenai was whistled for 13. While that is a high number -- 15 penalties on a team draws disciplinary action from the Alaska School Activities Association -- the coaching staffs on both sides said the penalties were more a result of tight officiating than overly dirty play.
But Kenai Central coach Brian Gabriel Sr. and Skyview coach Pete Iverson said players have to adjust their play to the officiating in order to keep the penalty count down. After all, if it's minus 10 out, one doesn't venture outside wearing shorts and flip-flops.
"If it's a tight game, the kids have to learn to lay off the stickwork a little bit or take that extra step so they don't get called for a penalty," Gabriel Sr. said. "We had 14 penalties in our last game and 13 tonight.
"That's too many."
In the first period, both teams had six penalties. Because each side was rarely at full strength, both teams had difficulty establishing any type of flow.
Adrian Borchgrevink, who finished with two goals and two assists, got the first tally of the game on a power play with 8:37 left in the first period.
Skyview evened the score just over four minutes later on a power-play goal of its own. Joel Christianson collected a rebound and shuffled it to Lukas Fellman, who cashed in on a wide-open opportunity in front of the net.
In the second period, the Kardinals had just three penalties and were able to establish more momentum. Kenai kept taking long shots, then crashing the net.
After out-shooting the Panthers 7-5 in the first period, Kenai's new philosophy handed it a 13-1 second-period advantage in the shots category.
All the shots paid off as the Kardinals grabbed a 4-1 lead by the end of the second period.
Skyview's Daniel Christianson keeps the puck from Kenai's Adrian Borchgrevink in the third period Friday.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The goals came from Trevor Baldwin, on an assist from Micah Lillard; Owen Brewer, on assists from Borchgrevink and Kyle Coleman; and Phillip Ischi, on assists from Borchgrevink and Jimmy Gabriel. Brewer and Ischi got their goals on power plays.
"Those three unanswered goals in the second period were pretty hard to come back from," Iverson said. "In the third period, I'm proud the team came back holding their heads high and kept playing hard."
The Panthers were out-shot 9-7 in the third period. Kenai's one tally came when Brewer assisted Borchgrevink in a 4-on-4 situation.
Gabriel Sr. said he was running four lines in the third period, and he was happy with the way people like Kyle Coleman, Ryan Elliott and Cory Johnson responded.
Meanwhile, Iverson credited Daniel Christianson, Fellman, Mitch Burdick and Chris Bouwens with keeping the intensity high on Skyview's side throughout the game.
Lukas Fellman had two goals and an assist, including the game winner, in Thursday's 3-2 overtime victory over Monroe at the Soldotna Sports Center.
KARDINALS 5, PANTHERS 1
Kenai 1 3 1 --5
Skyview 1 0 0 --1
First period -- 1. Kenai, Borchgrevink (Ischi), 6:23 (pp); 2. Skyview, L. Fellman (J. Christianson), 10:37 (pp). Penalties -- Kenai 6 for 12:00; Skyview 6 for 12:00.
Second period -- 3. Kenai, Baldwin (Lillard), 7:21; 4. Kenai, Brewer (Coleman, Borchgrevink), 8:27 (pp); 5. Kenai, Ischi (Borchgrevink, Gabriel), 12:38 (pp). Penalties -- Kenai 3 for 6:00; Skyview 5 for 10:00.
Third period -- 6. Kenai, Borchgrevink (Brewer), 1:03. Penalties -- Kenai 4 for 8:00; Skyview 3 for 6:00.
Shots on goal -- Kenai 7-13-9--29; Skyview 5-1-7--13.
Goalies -- Kenai, Myers (13 shots, 12 saves); Skyview, Kay (29 shots, 24 saves).
Power plays -- Kenai 3 of 9; Skyview 1 of 9.
PANTHERS 3, RAMS 2, OT
Monroe 1 1 0 0 --2
Skyview 1 0 1 1 --3
First period -- 1. Skyview, L. Fellman (G. Fellman), 2:24; 2. Monroe, Correll (Weis, Wilson), 3:28. Penalties -- Monroe 1 for 2:00; Skyview 2 for 4:00.
Second period -- 3. Monroe, Labelle-Hamer (Wood), 1:50. Penalties -- Monroe 6 for 20:00; Skyview 7 for 19:00.
Third period -- 4. Skyview, Kempf (D. Christianson, L. Fellman), 2:53. Penalties -- Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Overtime -- 5. Skyview, L. Fellman (Berg), 9:30. Penalties -- Monroe 1 for 2:00; Skyview 1 for 2:00.
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