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Houston ices Kenai

Posted: Friday, December 13, 2002

The Kenai Central High School hockey team dug itself a hole and was unable to climb out, dropping a 5-2 nonconference decision to the visiting Houston Hawks Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

"We didn't come out fired up," said Kenai's Ryan Hicks.

The Kardinals surrendered three goals in the closing 3:27 of the first period -- two of them on Houston power plays. The Kardinals got two of those goals back in the second period, but a pair of Hawks goals in the third period stymied Kenai's comeback effort.

Phillip Ischi put the Kardinals on the board at 1:53 of the second period. A pass from Adrian Borchgrevink sprung Ischi into the Houston zone all alone, and Ischi showed patience and a deft touch as he tucked the puck past the Houston goaltender.

Borchgrevink drew the Kardinals to within a goal at 6:58 of the period, jamming home the rebound of a shot from the point by Cory Janson. Trevor Baldwin also got a touch on the puck as it bounced around in front of the Houston goal. Baldwin was credited with an assist on the play.

"We came back with a lot more intensity (in the second period). We had to get our stuff together," Hicks said. "(In the third period), we came out intense, we just had a couple of crashes in our lines."

Houston took advantage of those crashes, scoring a power-play goal and a short-handed goal to secure the win.

"The tempo dropped, and we got sucked into the cheap game a little bit," Ischi said. "It took us off our game."

Wade Williams finished with four goals for the Hawks, and Houston goaltender Matt Dischner came up with 40 saves.

Hicks said the game would serve as a learning experience for the Kardinals.

"We just can't come out all relaxed," Hicks said. "We need to come out all the time like we did in the second period."

HAWKS 5, KARDINALS 2

Houston 3 0 2 -- 5

Kenai 0 2 0 -- 2

First period -- 1. Houston, J. Williams (unassisted), 11:23; 2. Houston, W. Williams (unassisted), 12:29 (pp); 3. Houston, W. Williams (unassisted), 13:57 (pp). Penalties -- Houston 2 for 4:00, Kenai 4 for 8:00.

Second period -- 4. Kenai, Ischi (Borchgrevink), 1:53 (pp); 5. Kenai, Borchgrevink (Baldwin, Janson), 6:58. Penalties -- Houston 3 for 6:00.

Third period -- 6. Houston, W. Williams (Estes), 8:27; 7. Houston, W. Williams (Spidal), 10:55. Penalties -- Houston 3 for 9:00, Kenai 5 for 10:00.

Shots -- Houston 12-3-7--22, Kenai 12-20-10--42.

Goalies -- Houston, Dischner (42 sots, 40 saves); Kenai, Silver (22 shots, 17 saves).

Wasilla 7, Nikiski 1

The Warriors defeated Nikiski in a nonconference game Thursday at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility.

Andrew Tumbleson netted a hat trick and added an assist for the Warriors.

Lex Litzen scored for the Bulldogs, assisted by Nick Russell.

Luke Hardesty came up with 34 saves for the Bulldogs.

WARRIORS 7, BULLDOGS 1

Wasilla 3 4 0 -- 7

Nikiski 0 1 0 -- 1

First period -- 1. Wasilla, Tumbleson (unassisted), 4:29; 2. Wasilla, Korsmo (Kaufman, D. Banbury), 4:59; 3. Wasilla, Welch (Dutcher, D. Banbury), 8:15. Penalties -- Wasilla 2 for 4:00.

Second period -- 4. Wasilla, Tumbleson (unassisted), 4:18; 5. Wasilla, Korsmo (Tumbleson, Gittlien), 5:13; 6. Nikiski, Litzen (Russell), 8:08; 7. Wasilla, Tumbleson (Korsmo), 10:17; 8. Wasilla, Jensen (Hess, Kenworthy), 12:23. Penalties -- Wasilla 2 for 4:00.

Third period -- none. Penalties -- Wasilla 1 for 2:00, Nikiski 4 for 8:00.

Shots -- Wasilla 19-14-8--41, Nikiski 8-4-4--16.

Goalies -- Wasilla, N. Banbury (16 shots, 15 saves); Nikiski, Hardesty (41 shots, 34 saves).



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