It’s WEEK ELEVEN of the Eagle River Hockey League, and this is the AAA recap.
Homesteaders vs. Jalapenos
Wednesday’s first game of the evening featured third place Homesteaders vs. first place Jalapenos. This one went down to the wire, ending in a 5-5 tie. Homesteaders got on the board first with a goal from Jon Garner, assist credited to Jake Wilkins. Jalapenos got the next two. First, with about a minute and a half remaining in the period, Dustin Smith scored unassisted. In the closing seconds, Ben Russell scored, ending the period 2-1, Jalapenos. The second period, was all Homestead. Sam Cehula scored unassisted mid-way through the period followed by Taylor Garner, ending the period 3-2 Homesteaders. The third period is when most of the excitement happened. The next two goals were scored by Jalapenos and former Chugiak High School teammates Robert Monfore and Seth Kollman. With 5:08 remaining, Homesteaders Jesse Johnson, with help from Greg Gallagher, knotted a tie score 4-4. A minute later, Jalapeno’s Jason Elledge lit the lamp to take the lead. With the game hanging in the balance and time running out, Sam Cehula was the hero, scoring his second goal with :09 on the clock. He found the back of the net to tie the game 5-5. Each team was whistled for two minor penalties for a total of eight minutes.
Pizza Man vs. Garcia’s
The late game Wednesday night featured second place Pizza Man with a record of 7-3-1 vs. fourth place Garcia’s with a record of 1-9-1. The troubles continued for Garcia’s as they were shutout 4-0. After a scoreless first period, Pizza Man netted three goals by three different players. Patrick Zmuda lead off the scoring followed by Jake Thompson and Justin Frechione. The lone third period goal was scored by Esa Slavin with :15 ticks on the clock. Pizza Man goaltender, Coby Hanson, is credited with the shutout win. Penalties for the night, three for Pizza Man and two for Garcias.
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