While the Kenai Central High School hockey team notched a 2-0 win Friday night against Skyview in a nonregion game, the Kardinals left the rink dissatisfied with their performance.
Meanwhile, despite the loss, the Panthers walked out of the Soldotna Sports Center pleased with their overall play.
"I thought we played pretty well as a team," said Skyview's Cody Carver. "We played together. We got tired we only have two lines but we kept working hard."
Indeed, the Panthers were able to carry the play to the Kardinals through most of the first period. In a tight-checking game, much of the play was along the boards and in the corners, and the Panthers prevented Kenai's usually potent attack from breaking out.
"It was pretty high intensity," Carver said. "It was a lot of fun to get out there."
Skyview outshot Kenai 8-5 in the first period, but it was Kenai that netted a goal, scoring with just 1:03 to go until the first intermission.
Skyview's Nelson Kempf tries to keep the puck from Kenai's Trevor Baldwin in the second period Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Daniel Christianson scored on a shot from the slot after the Kardinals were able to work the puck up the left wing and out in front of the net. Charlie Smith and Phillip Ischi recorded assists on the play.
Neither team scored in the second period, and while Kenai outshot the Panthers 18-9, Skyview did have a pair of chances to spoil goalie Dan Silver's shutout.
"Carrick Cristiano had a shot that went over the net I got lucky right there and there was a wrap-around that Cody Carver had," Silver said.
At the other end of the ice, Skyview goalie Kris Marshall turned in a solid game. Marshall finished with 32 saves, including several big stops late in the third period when things began to open up for the Kardinals.
Kenai clung to its one-goal lead through much of the third until John McGlasson gave the Kardinals a little bit of breathing room with 8:34 left in the game. While on a penalty kill, McGlasson received the puck in front of the Skyview net courtesy of Ryan Hicks, who checked a Panther skater off the puck behind the Skyview goal.
While the Kardinals skated away with the win, Kenai coach Bob Downs termed it an ugly one.
"The kids are just real choppy now," Downs said. "We're not putting into the game what we do in practice.
"Our team is a very good passing team and we weren't using it to our advantage. There were too many one-man shows, and that hurts the team."
On the bright side, Downs said the Kardinals did use four lines, and a pair of junior varsity players called on to take regular varsity shifts, Jed McGlasson and Owen Dukowitz, each did well.
"And don't sell Skyview short," Downs said. "Skyview played very well the whole game, with lots of spirit and as much discipline as I've seen from a Skyview team."
Skyview coach Pete Iverson said his team's attitude has been fantastic this season.
"Everybody's complimenting each other, patting each other on the back stuff that makes a team," Iverson said.
Kardinals 2, Panthers 0
Skyview 0 0 0 0
Kenai 1 0 1 2
First period 1. Kenai, D. Christianson (C. Smith, Ischi), 13:57. Penalties Skyview 1 for 2:00, Kenai 1 for 2:00.
Second period none. Penalties Kenai 3 for 6:00.
Third period 2. Kenai, Jo. McGlasson (Hicks), 6:26 (sh). Penalties Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Shots Skyview 8-9-522, Kenai 5-18-1134.
Goalies Skyview, Marshall (34 shots, 32 saves); Kenai, Silver (22 shots, 22 saves).
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