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Kenai skaters fall to Moose, Warriors

Posted: Sunday, December 06, 2009

Palmer's Ivan Good followed his four-goal game against Homer on Thursday with a repeat performance, scoring four goals against Kenai Central's hockey team Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. The visiting Moose defeated the Kardinals 5-0 in North Star Conference play. The Kards suffered a close, 4-2 loss to Wasilla on Saturday at the Sports Center.

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Photo By M. Scott Moon
Photo By M. Scott Moon
Kenai's Justin Herrmann loses control in the first period Friday against the Palmer Moose at the Soldotna Sports Center.

"He's just shooting the puck really well," said Palmer head coach Brad Hanson about Good. Good has the speed to allow him to get to open ice, Hanson added.

All of Palmer's five goals on the night came with less than four minutes on the clock in the period in which they were scored. Four were scored with under two minutes to play.

Kenai doubled Palmer's shot total with 37 for the game, but couldn't find the back of the net behind goaltender Will Rauchenstein. The Moose had 19 total shots.

"That Palmer goalie had an outstanding night," said Kenai head coach Pete Iverson.

"I thought he played very well," Hanson added about Rauchenstein.

The Kards peppered Rauchenstein with 15 second-period shots, but came up empty. Like the first period, Kenai controlled much of the play of the second. But the Moose had a flurry of shots and pressure in the last three minutes of period two. On the power play, Palmer's Piers LaFrance threw a shot on net. Kards goalie Kyle Dougherty made the save but LaFrance got to the rebound and got a second attempt. But his shot hit the goal post to the right of the Kenai net minder.

Moments later, LaFrance made up for the missed opportunity and scored a goal with under two minutes to play in the second, bringing the score to 2-0 in favor of the Moose. He put another shot on net and Dougherty made the save. LaFrance corralled the rebound, but this time he buried it in the back of the net.

"It was an absolute hustle play," Hanson said. He said LaFrance's goal gave his team a huge momentum boost for the rest of the game.

Good added his second of the game a minute later. Jonas Naegele let a shot go from the point and Good, who was in front of the net, tipped it past Dougherty with just 15 seconds to play. Good's goal gave the Moose a 3-0 lead after two periods of play.

"They capitalized on every mistake we made," Iverson said.

Hanson agreed.

"The opportunities we did have, we took advantage of," he said.

Good added his third and fourth goals of the game late in the third period. It took just four seconds on the power play for the Moose to score.

Off the faceoff, the puck was thrown to the net and Good got his stick on it. It went past Dougherty with just under four minutes left.

With under a minute in the game, Palmer again was on the man advantage. Good entered Kenai's zone from the left side of the ice. He put a wrister top shelf over the glove hand of Dougherty. The goal came with 41 seconds left in the game and just one second remaining on the power play.

Good broke 13 1/2 scoreless minutes when he walked across Kenai's blue line and ripped a shot past Dougherty in the first period. With no help from another teammate, Good let a wrist shot go from just inside the blue line. It sailed over Dougherty for the unassisted, power-play goal and the game's first tally.

Though much of the opening period was dominated by Kenai, the Moose led 1-0 after one period of play. The Kardinals tested Rauchenstein early and often, putting 13 first-period shots on net. But Rauchenstein blanked Kenai during the opening 15 minutes.

Though the Moose managed just four shots and one goal during the first, the score could have been more lopsided. Late in the period, Good threw a pass to a streaking Stephen Acher in front of Dougherty. Acher got wood on the pass but Dougherty slid to his left and got a leg pad on the puck.

Just seconds after the Moose went on the man advantage a shot off of the faceoff went through Dougherty's legs but just missed wide of the goal.

Iverson said his team played hard but just couldn't find the back of the net.

"I'm proud with the effort tonight," he said.

Homer Mariners

The Wasilla Warriors defeated the Homer Mariners 7-0 Friday in North Star Conference play. Colony beat Homer 13-2 on Saturday.

Mike Nesper can be reached at mike.nesper@peninsulaclarion.com.

Friday

Moose 5, Kardinals 0

Palmer 1 2 2 -- 5

Kenai 0 0 0 -- 0

First period -- 1. Palmer, Good (un), pp, 13:35. Penalties --Palmer, 1 for 2:00; Kenai, 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- 2. Palmer, LaFrance (un), 13:39; 3. Palmer, Good (#36, LaFrance), 14:45. Penalties -- Palmer, 2 for 4:00; Kenai, 3 for 14:00.

Third period -- 4. Palmer, Good (Staskywicz, Acher), pp, 11:12; 5. Palmer, Good (Harrison), pp, 14:19. Penalties -- Palmer, 1 for 2:00; Kenai, 2 for 4:00.

Shots on goal -- Palmer, 4-8-7 -- 19; Kenai, 13-15-9 -- 37.

Goalies -- Palmer, Rauchenstein (37 shots, 37 saves); Kenai, Dougherty (19 shots, 14 saves).

Friday

Warriors 7, Mariners 0

Wasilla 3 1 3 -- 7

Homer 0 0 0 -- 0

First period -- 1. Wasilla, Edwards (Johnston, McRee), 1:36; 2. Wasilla, Bailes (McRee, Wohlers), 3:48; 3. Wasilla, Wohlers (un), 7:47. Penalties -- Wasilla, 1 for 2:00; Homer, 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- 4. Wasilla, Johnston (un), 14:07. Penalties -- Wasilla, 3 for 6:00; Homer, 3 for 14:00.

Third period -- 5. Wasilla, Edwards (Johnston), 4:00; 6. Wasilla, Keene (Korsmo, Ransom-Cederholm), 8:56; 7. Wasilla, Johnston (Edwards), 9:23. Penalties -- Wasilla, 2 for 2:00; Homer, 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal -- Wasilla, 12-12-9 -- 33; Homer, 5-9-9 -- 23.

Goalies -- Wasilla, Eastham (23 shots, 23 saves); Homer, Eckert (33 shots, 26 saves).

Saturday

Warriors 4, Kardinals 2

Wasilla 2 0 2 -- 4

Kenai 1 0 1 -- 2

First period -- 1. Kenai, LeMay (Fusaro, Iverson), 4:06; 2. Wasilla, E. Johnson (Edwards), 7:43; 3. Wasilla, Wohlers (E. Johnson, Gittlein), 9:22. Penalties -- Kenai, 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Wasilla, 1 for 2:00; Kenai, 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- 4. Kenai, Herrmann (Cue, Cunningham), 5:04; 5. Wasilla, Wohlers (Johnston), 6:58; 6. Wasilla, Gittlein (E. Johnson), 11:40. Penalties -- Wasilla, 3 for 6:00; Kenai, 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal -- Wasilla, 13-17-18 -- 48; Kenai, 8-7-8 -- 23.

Goalies -- Wasilla, Spencer (23 shots, 21 saves); Kenai, Remsen (48 shots, 44 saves).

Saturday

Knights 13, Mariners 2

Colony 4 8 1 -- 13

Homer 0 2 0 -- 2

First period -- 1. Colony, Nezaticky (un), 2:07; 2. Colony, Nezaticky (un), 5:28; 3. Colony, Nickerson (Moma), 6:19; 4. Colony, Boyer (Belanger, Miller), 12:12. Penalties -- Homer, 1 for 2:00.

Second period -- 5. Colony, Miller (Belanger), 1:00; 6. Colony, Nezaticky (Nickerson), 3:01; 7. Colony, Nezaticky (un), 3:46; 8. Homer, Lewis (un), 4:00; 9. Colony, Belanger (un), 4:14; 10. Colony, Moma (Nickerson), 7:25; 11. Colony, Tobin (Boyer), 8:00; 12. Colony, Boyer (Miller), 8:27; 13. Colony, Nezaticky (Moma), 9:34; 14. Homer, Rosencrans (Lewis), 12:38. Penalties -- Colony, 2 for 4:00; Homer, 1 for 2:00.

Third period -- 15. Colony, Carter (Nezaticky), 5:22. Penalties -- Colony, 2 for 4:00; Homer, 1 for 2:00.

Shots on goal -- Colony, 14-28-11 -- 53; Homer, 11-7-7 -- 25.

Goalies -- Colony, Murak (25 shots, 23 saves); Homer, Eckert (53 shots, 40 saves).



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