The Skyview High School hockey team made some progress Friday in a 5-1 North Star Conference loss to Wasilla at the Soldotna Sports Center.
"Actually, it was a great game," said Skyview coach Dave Waltemyer. "These guys came out and were pretty excited."
The Panthers kept the Warriors off the scoreboard through most of the first period, with Wasilla finally breaking the ice on a power play with 28 seconds to go until the first intermission. Shane Colegrove notched the goal with his shot from the right point.
Skyview answered with a power-play goal at 12:49 of the second period. Lukas Fellman rushed through the Wasilla zone with the puck before flicking his shot past the Wasilla goaltender. Jeremy Mercier and Chris Bouwens assisted on the play.
The Panthers momentum was short-lived, however. Wasilla's Jordan Divis made it 2-1 with a power-play goal at 14:08 of the second period, firing a puck that wasn't quite cleared past Skyview goaltender Brandon Dockery from the blue line.
The Warriors added one more score before the second intermission, courtesy of Robby Velock on a breakaway.
"We started out pretty slow, but we finally started to play toward the end of the second period," said Wasilla coach Wade Schachle. "I think guys came out playing by themselves instead of as a team."
Wasilla added two more goals in the third period, one on a short-handed bid by Tyler Kaufman at 3:14 of the period, and the final goal of the game by Velock on a power play with just under a minute to play.
Dockery stopped 32 shots for the Panthers while Skyview was able to muster 12 shots on goal.
Skyview's Jeremy Mercier drops Wasilla's Tyler Kaufman in front of Tom Dunn Friday.
Photo by M. SCOTT MOON
"Experience," Waltemyer said of what his young squad is gleaning from its games. "These guys are coming together and learning how to play together."
While the Panthers were outshot, they did have several excellent opportunities in which a player just wasn't able to put a stick on the puck in front of the Wasilla net.
"I felt like we played OK as a team -- but I think we could play better," Fellman said. "We're missing a lot of players -- our whole second line. We've just gotta try harder."
WARRIORS 5, PANTHERS 1
Wasilla 1 2 2 -- 5
Skyview 0 1 0 -- 1
First period -- 1. Wasilla, Colegrove (Hess), 14:32 (pp). Penalties -- Wasilla 2 for 12:00, Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- 2. Skyview, L. Fellman (Mercier, Bouwens), 12:49 (pp); 3. Wasilla, Divis (D. Banbury), 14:08 (pp); 4. Wasilla, Velock (unassisted), 14:25. Penalties -- Wasilla 3 for 6:00, Skyview 1 for 2:00.
Third period -- 5. Wasilla, Kaufman (S. Syvertson, Tumbleson), 3:14 (sh); 6. Wasilla, Velock (Colegrove), 14:03 (pp). Penalties -- Wasilla 4 for 8:00, Skyview 4 for 8:00.
Shots -- Wasilla 12-17-8--37, Skyview 4-3-5--12.
Goalies -- Wasilla, N. Banbury (12 shots, 11 saves); Skyview, Dockery (37 shots, 32 saves).
Soldotna 7, Bartlett 3
Soldotna downed Bartlett in a nonconference game at the McDonald Center in Eagle River Friday.
The Stars finished the first period tied at two with the Bears on the strength of goals from Daniel Potton and Derek Martin, then went on to score five unanswered goals through the second and third periods before Bartlett put up its final tally with 17 seconds left in the game.
Dan Jensen and Billy Smith tallied for the Stars in the second period. Blaine Johnson opened the third period with a goal for the Stars, Smith potted his second and Peter Kim scored the final Soldotna goal.
David Newby had two assists for the Stars.
Kenny Bishop and Egan Gleason split time between the pipes for the Stars.
STARS 7, BEARS 3
Soldotna 2 2 3 -- 7
Bartlett 2 0 1 -- 3
First period -- 1. Soldotna, Potton (Murray), 2:22; 2. Bartlett, Kelly (Howard), 1:00; 3. Soldotna, Martin (Kim), 11:44; 4. Bartlett, Kelly (Howard), 13:06. Penalties -- Soldotna 3 for 6:00.
Second period -- 5. Soldotna, Jensen (D. Newby, Smith), 8:39; 6. Soldotna, Smith (Johnson, E. Newby), 13:32. Penalties -- Bartlett 3 for 6:00.
Third period -- 7. Soldotna, Johnson (D. Newby), 1:32; 8. Soldotna, Smith (unassisted), 6:47; 9. Soldotna, Kim (Jensen, Martin), 7:59; 10. Bartlett, Wichorek (Kelly, Briley), 14:43. Penalties -- Soldotna 6 for 12:00, Bartlett 3 for 6:00.
Shots -- Soldotna 13-13-9--35, Bartlett 4-2-11--17.
Goalies -- Soldotna, Bishop (6 shots, 4 saves), Gleason (third period, 11 shots, 10 saves); Bartlett, Skingle (35 shots, 28 saves).
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