Kenai's Jed McGlasson keeps the puck from Homer's Keith Bell in the third period Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
M. Scott Moon
Kenai students may want to start buying extra hats now.
Because at the pace Jed McGlasson is on, who knows if they’ll have any left at the end of the season.
The senior collected his third hat trick of the year and added two assists on Friday in leading Kenai to an 8-2 rout of visiting Homer at the Soldotna Sports Center.
It’s not often a player can say they netted a short-handed goal, a power-play score and an even-keeled tally all in one game. Then again, McGlasson who scored four times has proven this year that he’s more than just the average player.
“That was kind of exciting,” he said of his unusual feat.
Kardinals coach Nate Kiel attributes McGlasson’s success to his work ethic and speed. However, he also credited his linemates.
“I do think oftentimes, as well and I think he’d be the one to tell you he gets a lot of credit, and deservedly so, but he has a great supporting cast out there, that sometimes, they even get more points than him. It just goes back and forth,” Kiel explained. “I mean, last year scoring was tied three ways.
“But he’s off to a great start. He’s worked awfully hard for it. That’s good for him,” he added. “But we have other guys out there. We have senior defensemen and his linemates and our goaltender.
“I mean, there are seniors out there, I think eight total, that are just the heart and soul of the team that keep working hard.”
After falling behind 1-0 on a goal by Andrew Biele 8:06 into the contest, the Kardinals turned it up a notch and the onslaught ensued.
With 3:46 remaining in the first, McGlasson knotted the game when he intercepted the puck in the neutral zone, slashed through the defense and cut left in front of goalie Addison Miller before sending it by him.
Fellow senior Brad Fusaro struck nearly three minutes later when he one-timed a pass from senior Owen Dukowitz past Miller for a power-play tally and a 2-1 Kardinals lead.
Maintaining a one-goal advantage in the second, McGlasson utilized his blazing speed when he received a pass from goalie Lauren Baldwin near his own blue line, split two defenders yet again and sent the puck flying past Miller’s left side for his first short-handed goal of the game.
“I like penalty kills, or short-handed,” he said. “I like it because I can win races to the puck. Having a lot of speed helps me out a lot.”
Kenai's Stephen Cronkhite and Bobby Myles chase Homer's Arron Lewis in the second period Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.
M. Scott Moon
Following a Dukowitz goal on which he and Fusaro both assisted and a power-play tally by McKenan Steinbeck that stretched the lead to 5-1 at the start of the final frame, McGlasson netted his second short-handed and third overall goal of the game, prompting students to toss their hats onto the ice.
“The nice thing about this team, and they proved it up against Dimond a few weeks back, is that this team is just remarkable in that it does not quit,” Kiel explained. “We have some bad moments, we let in some weak goals and we make some mistakes out there in the neutral zone and sometimes it costs us, but there’s one thing that coach and I are always assured of and that is that we will carry some offense and put some shots on the goalie and score some goals.”
McGlasson scored again more than five minutes later and Dean Howell capped off Kenai’s scoring when he lit the lamp with 2:49 left in the game. Despite a late score by Homer’s Adam Trieweiler, Kenai dominated throughout, controlling the neutral zone and outshooting the Mariners 45-16.
Kardinals goalie Lauren Baldwin had trouble remaining focused through the dry spells she endured, but still stopped all but two shots, including a key denial off a centering feed with Kenai clinging to a 2-1 lead in the middle period.
“It’s hard for her to get in her rhythm and stay there if she doesn’t get a lot of shots. She’s one of those goalies ... when she gets more shots, she has a tendency to just get red hot,” Kiel said. “(Friday) she made the comment, it was hard to keep those goals out of the net.
“That’s something she’s worked on, though, and that’s something she’ll have to work on as she tries to reach and play higher levels, which I think is in her future, to go play on somewhere.”
After the overpowering victory on Friday, the Kardinals went on to lose to Chugiak, 6-0, on Saturday.
Jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first, the Mustangs then stretched it to 4-0 before scoring again with only .4 seconds left in the second, deflating what fight the Kardinals had left in them. Micah Wheeler had two goals for Chugiak, which completed its trip to the Soldotna Sports Center with two victories.
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KARDINALS 8, MARINERS 2
Homer 1 0 1 2
Kenai 2 2 4 8
First period 1. Homer, Beile (Buckley), 8:06; 2. Kenai, McGlasson, 11:14; 3. Kenai, Fusaro (Dukowitz, McGlasson), 14:09, (pp). Penalties Homer 2 for 4:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.
Second period 4. Kenai, McGlasson (Baldwin), 3:53, (sh); 5. Kenai, Dukowitz (McGlasson, Fusaro), 13:22. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00; Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Third period 6. Kenai, Steinbeck (Cronkhite, Brewer), 1:33, (pp); 7. McGlasson, 2:39 (sh); 8. Kenai, McGlasson (Howell, Fusaro), 7:52; 9. Kenai, Howell (Borchgrevink), 12:11; 10. Homer, Trieweiler, 13:29. Penalties Homer 5 for 18:00, Kenai 2 for 4:00.
Shots on goal Homer 3-6-716; Kenai 12-17-1645.
Goalies Homer, Miller (45 shots-37 saves); Kenai, Baldwin (16 shots-14 saves).
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