Sports Briefs

Posted: Monday, December 12, 2005

Hakkinen helps U.S. to 10th

Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen was one of four men on a U.S. relay team that finished 10th in a World Cup biathlon relay Sunday at Hochfilzen, Austria. The other members of the team were Jeremy Teela of Anchorage and Tim Burke and Lowell Bailey, both of New York state.

The U.S. has not done relays much in recent years because the team is not very deep and there was no big reward for doing them. It was typical of many countries to skip the relays. This year, the International Biathlon Union shortened the relay legs from 10 kilometers to 7.5 kilometers for men, and made relays part of the Nations Cup scoring. Nations Cup scoring determines the number of start positions for next season and major competitions.

The relay competition is different from the individual competition because biathletes have eight rounds to hit five targets in the relay. In individual events, athletes get five rounds for five targets. However, in the relay, there still is a penalty for not going 5-for-5. The first five rounds can be in a magazine, but each of the additional three rounds must be loaded manually, wasting time. If a relay biathlete can’t hit a target with the eight shots, he or she must ski a 150-meter penalty loop for each target that is not cleaned.

Hakkinen went first for the U.S. and took three extra rounds at the prone shooting stage and one extra round at the standing stage. He tagged Burke in 14th place. Hakkinen’s teammates worked their way back up to 10th place.

Soldotna skaters defeat Palmer

Brian Herring had three goals and four assists, Ben Christianson had three goals and an assist and Timo Gleason had three assists as the Soldotna hockey team defeated Palmer 8-4 Saturday night in North Star Conference action at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The Stars led 3-1 after the first period of the game and 8-3 after the second period. Soldotna improves to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the league, while Palmer falls to 0-4 in the league and 0-9 overall.

Chance Rocket made 19 saves for the Stars, who outshot the Moose 31-23. Also for the Stars, Kevin Laurion and Clayton Glick had goals and Sam Evanoff and Alex Stone had assists.



Palmer 1 2 1 —4

Soldotna 3 5 0 —8

First period — 1. Soldotna, Christianson (Gleason, Herring), 0:18; 2. Palmer, Wright (Hanson), 1:29; 3. Soldotna, Herring (Christianson), 6:00; 4. Soldotna, Christianson (Herring), 12:45. Penalties — Palmer 3 for 6:00; Soldotna 5 for 18:00.

Second period — 5. Soldotna, Glick (Herring), 3:07; 6. Soldotna, Waldrip (Evanoff, Stone), 5:13; 7. Soldotna, Herring (Gleason), 7:19; 8. Palmer, Collins (Alber, Ferguson), 8:31; 9. Palmer, Schindele (Richards), 10:18; 10. Soldotna, Herring (Gleason), 11:02; 11. Soldotna, Christianson (Herring), 14:26. Penalties — Palmer 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 2 for 4:00.

Third period — 12. Palmer, Richards (Hanson, Schindele), 11:47. Penalties — Palmer 2 for 4:00; Soldotna 4 for 8:00.

Shots on goal — Palmer 6-10-7—23; Soldotna 13-13-5—31.

Goalies — Palmer, Koch (31 shots, 23 saves); Soldotna, Rocket (23 shots, 19 saves).

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