WASILLA -- Soldotna freshman Max Hegge found a heck of a way to net the first goal of his high school career.
The first-year forward picked up a loose puck in the Wasilla defensive zone and fired a quick shot into the net to give the Stars a 2-1 overtime win over the Warriors at the Curtis C. Menard II Memorial Ice Arena in Wasilla on Friday.
"The (Wasilla player) misplayed it, and he was at the right place at the right time," Soldotna head coach Aaron Swanson said of the Hegge score.
Just less than two minutes into the overtime frame, Wasilla turned the puck over at the Soldotna left wing circle and Hegge was able to crash in and get a stick on the puck. Hegge's shot bounced by Wasilla goalie Zach Eastham to give the Stars the North Star Conference win.
"He slipped, and I saw the puck so I just took the shot," Hegge said.
Both teams scored second-period power-play goals to force overtime. Wasilla junior captain Chancie Hanson scored early in the second to give the Warriors the 1-0 lead. Soldotna senior Matt Fellman answered with a power-play goal of his own about three minutes later.
The contest marked Soldotna's second overtime game in as many nights.
"We play a lot of close games," Swanson said. "We're a team that's probably not going to win by many and we're probably not going to lose by many."
Soldotna skated to a 3-3 tie with Colony on Thursday.
Wasilla outshot the Stars in the game and had 40 shots on goal heading into the extra period. But Soldotna senior goalie William Granger consistently made big saves for the Stars.
"We've got two great goaltenders," Swanson said of Granger and senior Dawson Pearson. "It's really the strength of our team. (Goaltending) and defense."
Hanson was finally able to fire a puck past Granger with a big shot from the point early in the second. With the Warriors on the power play, defenseman Michael Johnston moved the puck back to Hanson, who blasted a shot past Granger.
Midway through the period, Fellman scored off a deflection of a Dalton Pearson shot. Pearson skated from the point up to the left wing circle and fired a quick shot. Fellman was able to get his stick on the puck and beat Eastham.
"Fellman put up a real nice screen and got a small piece of it," Swanson said.
Kenai 3, Colony 2
Colony outshot Kenai 37-24, but the Kards were able to skate away with the win.
Kenai had to withstand a late Colony push to score the victory. The Kards skated into the final minutes of regulation with a 3-1 lead. But with the Colony goalie pulled and the Knights skating with the extra attacker, Colony sophomore Donovan Parker scored with just less than two minutes to go to cut Kenai's lead to 3-2.
Colony pulled the goal again during the final minute, and had five shots on goal -- two that hit the crossbar -- but were unable to post the game-tying score.
Jonathon Boyer scored for Colony midway through the second to put the Knights on the scoreboard and snap a scoreless tie.
Dylan Hendricks scored a pair of goals to lead the Kards. Hendricks tied the score in the second and scored again in the third to give Kenai the 2-1 lead. Steven Harding added a goal later in the period to extend the lead.
Palmer 2, Homer 0
The Moose shut out the Mariners on Friday. On Thursday, Wasilla notched a 7-0 victory over Homer.
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Soldotna 2, Wasilla 1
Friday, Menard Arena
First period --no scoring.
Second period -- 1. Wasilla- Hanson (Johnston, Edwards) pp 12:08; 2. Soldotna- Fellman (Dal. Pearson, Stone) pp 9:21.
Third period --no scoring.
Overtime -- 3. Soldotna- Hegge (unassisted) 6:00.
Palmer 2, Homer 0
Friday, MTA Palmer Ice Arena
First period -- 1. Palmer- LaFrance (Acher) sh 10:20.
Second period -- 2. Palmer- Harrison (unassisted) pp 4:58.
Third period -- no scoring.
Shots on goal: Homer 10-5-1--16, Palmer 13-14-9--36; Saves: Homer- Saranov 12-13-9--34, Palmer- A. Good 10-5-1--16.
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