Homer's Eric Rasmussen keeps Nikiski's Harry Hardesty from the puck in the second period Friday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The Homer hockey team defeated Nikiski 19-5 Thursday in a Greatland Conference game at Kenai Multipurpose Facility.
For the Mariners, now 7-2-2 overall and 3-0-1, the game served as a chance to get some ice time before heading north for a couple of tough contests against Tri-Valley Friday and Saturday.
Homer does not yet have ice to skate on, so Thursday proved to be an opportunity for the Mariners to translate some things they have been working on in the gym onto the ice.
"We've still got a way to go," Homer coach John Butcher said. "We made some progress tonight. It was nice to start seeing things we've been working on happen on the ice."
The Bulldogs have a young and inexperienced team and have been frequently overmatched this season. However, Nikiski managed to stick with Homer for two periods, trailing just 9-5.
"The first two periods, we came out and did a lot of things well," said Nikiski coach Donald Torres. "We've been working on things like staying in your zone and we did that. We had a lot of positive energy.
"Homer is a very good team."
It wasn't until the third period that Nikiski lost discipline and ran out of gas, allowing Homer to score 10 goals in the frame.
"Nikiski did have a lot of heart," Butcher said. "They were playing hard until the end even with the score. I give them a lot of credit for that."
Torres said his third line, made up of Alexa McClure, Frieda Ware, Alyssa Meyers, Jens Tiesel and Sean Jones, does not have a lot of experience and has to get by on effort. He said the group gave that effort Thursday and allowed the other lines a chance to rest.
The Nikiski coach also was excited to see Trent Ecker and Paul Delago score their first varsity goals. Mike O'Brien also had two goals for the Bulldogs, while Israel Blatchford added a goal.
For Homer, Scott Owen had a hat trick, Eric Rasmussen, Patrick Pozzi, Drake Piper, Adam Triewieler, Nate Miller and Dillon Cooper had two goals an Aaron Lewis, Travis Brown, Justin Adams and Alex Triewieler had goals.
MARINERS 19, BULLDOGS 5
Homer 4 5 10 19
Nikiski 3 2 0 5
First period 1. Homer, Adams (Owen, Ad. Triewieler), 0:11; 2. Nikiski, Blatchford (Anderson, Coveyou), 3:46; 3. Nikiski, Eckert (Blatchford, Delago), 7:51; 4. Homer, N. Miller (Cooper), 11:24; 5. Nikiski, O'Brien (un.), 12:48; 6. Homer, Scott (Adams, Ad. Triewieler), 13:50; 7. Homer, Rasmussen (Bell), 14:24. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00; Nikiski 1 for 2:00.
Second period 8. Homer, Owen (Adams, N. Miller), 2:00; 9. Homer, N. Miller (Adams, Owen), 5:12; 10. Homer, Lewis (Qumce, Piper), 6:23; 11. Homer, Brown (N. Miller), 7:49; 12. Homer, Rasmussen (N. Miller), 8:00; 13. Nikiski, O'Brien (Hardesty, Hanley), 11:05; 14. Nikiski, Delago (un.), 12:42. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00; Nikiski 1 for 2:00.
Third period 15. Homer, Cooper (Owen, N. Miller), 1:57; 16. Homer, Ad. Triewieler (Piper), 4:55; 17. Homer, Cooper (Adams, Owen), 7:27; 18. Homer, Owen (Piper), 8:01; 19. Homer, Pozzi (Lewis), 8:44; 20. Homer, Pozzi (Qumce, Cooper), 8:57; 21. Homer, Piper (Qumce), 9:37; 22. Homer, Ad. Triewieler (Al. Triewieler, Owen), 11:13; 23. Homer, Piper (Rasmussen), 12:48; 24. Homer, Al. Triewieler (un.), 14:10. Penalties Homer 1 for 2:00.
Shots on goal Homer 17-16-1750; Nikiski 6-6-517.
Goalies Homer (B. Miller, 17 shots, 12 saves); Nikiski (Zulkanycz 50 shots, 31 saves).
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