The Soldotna hockey team overcame a strong performance from Kenai goalie Steven Campanella Saturday night to defeat Kenai 2-0 at the Soldotna Sports Center in North Star Conference action.
"It was a goaltender's dual," said Soldotna coach Pat Nolden, whose team improved to 2-0 in the conference and 6-1 overall with its third victory over Kenai this season. "Both goaltenders played really well, and that kept it close.
"Plus, there was that idea of a rivalry. Kenai and Soldotna has turned into a real rivalry. There was a lot of intensity on the ice."
Campanella stopped 30 of the 32 shots Soldotna was able to throw on net, including all 13 in the first period and all eight in the second period. Meanwhile, Soldotna goalie Kelly Gee was just as good. The senior saved all 12 of the shots the Kardinals threw at him.
"We had 32 shots on net, and with 32 shots you should more than likely get more than two goals," Nolden said. "It was a tribute to their defense and, probably, the quality of our shots."
Junior forward Anthony Murray finally broke the ice for Soldotna with 7:14 left in the game when he scored on assists from sophomore forward Chris Houglum and freshman forward Daniel Potton. The tally was a tribute to SoHi's depth, because the scoring trio is Soldotna's third line.
"It was nice to have them come through and put in the game-winner," Nolden said. "Everybody's expecting the other two lines to put goals in, but they did it this time."
Peter Kim finished off the scoring for the Stars with 2:08 left in the game. The assist on the goal came from Scott Laurion.
Kenai is now 3-5 overall and 1-1 in conference.
STARS 2, KARDINALS 0
Kenai 0 0 0 --0
Soldotna 0 0 2 --2
First period -- none. Penalties -- Soldotna 2 for 4:00; Kenai 1 for 2:00.
Second period -- none. Penalties -- Soldotna 4 for 8:00; Kenai 6 for 15:00.
Third period -- 1. Soldotna, Murray (Houglum, Potton), 7:46; 2. Soldotna, Kim (Laurion), 12:52. Penalties -- Soldotna 2 for 7:00; Kenai 2 for 10:00.
Shots on goal -- Kenai 3-5-4--12; Soldotna 13-8-11--32.
Goalies -- Kenai, Campanella (32 shots, 30 saves); Soldotna, Gee (12 shots, 12 saves).
Bulldogs finish road trip with loss, tie
After dropping the first game of its two-game trip to Delta Junction Friday, the Nikiski Bulldogs got their legs under them for Saturday's game, skating to a 3-3 tie against the Huskies.
David Gerhauser scored the first goal of Friday's game, finding the back of the net for an unassisted Bulldogs tally. It proved to be the only Nikiski goal in the game, though, and the Huskies responded with two goals in the first period and three in the third.
Nigel Penhale stopped 39 of 44 shots on the Nikiski goal.
Penhale was called on to make another 39 saves in Saturday's game, but his teammates were able to match the Huskies in the scoring column. Bradly Harrison potted a goal with 33 seconds left in the first period for the Bulldogs, assisted by Quincy Bird.
Delta notched goals in the first and second period periods to take a 2-1 lead, but the Bulldogs came back with two goals in the third period to regain their one-goal edge. David DeShong scored midway through the period, assisted by Bird and Harrison, and Todd Brigham scored with 5:57 left in the game.
The Huskies were able to tie up the game with less than two minutes to play, though.
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