It’s WEEK TWENTY-TWO of the Eagle River Hockey League, and this is the AA recap.
Cubs Painting vs. OMR Brewing
On Sunday, 3-4-18 the ERHL AA division teams took to the ice at the MAC. Goals were scored in all three periods as OMR defeated the Cubbies 5-0 in the first game of the night. David Roch with the help of Alfonzo Guzman started the scoring in the first period. Stanley Shepard followed up in the first making it 2-0. Another pair of goals were scored in the second by Jason Novotny and again by Roch making it 4-0. Finally, in the third, Guzman scored a power play strike ending the scoring at 5-0. Guzman recorded three assists in the contest. The winning goalie, Jon Maroney made 9 saves and at the other end of the rink, Chris Harrington made 30 saves on 35 shots. As the season is winding down, the Cubs are in third place with a record of 11-6-5 and OMR is in fourth with a record of 10-8-4.
Shines vs. Play It Again Sports
In the second game of the evening, it went down to the wire as second place Shines (13-8-1) took on fifth place PIAS (6-14-2). A trio of goals scored in the first period by Shines Mike Watson and two goals by Nicholas Bennett gave them a 3-0 lead ending the first. PIAS came back in the second with a pair of goals. First, Nikoli Petrov found the back of the net. Then, Shines Bennett secured his hattrick when he scored unassisted at 12:30. With :10 remaining in the period, PIAS Samuel Pelant scored making it 4-2. The game really got heated up in the third. Scott Zelasko brought PIAS within one with his goal to start the third. At 11:41, Pelant tied the game at 4-4. With :43 seconds left to play, referees whistled coincidental penalties sending Shines, Russell Miller for holding and PIAS, Ryan McCormick for roughing to the penalty box. The teams continued to play five on five. With :20 remaining, Doug Keller with the help from Charles Bahn got the game winner, ending the game 5-4, Shines. Goalies for the game, Shines Neff Anastasio got the win with 18 saves on 22 shots. Chris Harrington for PIAS made 8 saves on 14 shots.
ER Alehouse vs. Stellar
The late game was-a-thriller. First place ER Alehouse (12-7-3) took on last place Stellar (5-14-3). In the first, the teams traded goals ending the period 2-2. Ryan Weaver from the Alehouse led things off with his goal. Two minutes later, teammate Matt Crosbie netted his goal. Before the period would end, Stellar’s Tyler Carnahan and Kurby Olmstead would score to knot it up at two apiece. To add a little excitement, Carnahan’s strike was short-handed. It was a back and forth affair in the second. First, Alehouse scored when Chuck Holman found the back of the net. Not long after, Stellar’s, Ty Johnson scored. With 6:30 left in the period, Alehouse’s Dan Watts put his team ahead 4-3. Watts scored again to open the third making it 5-3. Less than a minute later, Blasé Andromeda-Focht brought his team within one with his goal. At 7:06, Stellar’s Mike Farmer tied the game with the assist credited to Todd Dudinsky. As the battle continued, and time winding down, Dudinsky fed to the puck to John Blodgett and with :02 remaining in regulation, Blodgett netted the game winner. Final, 6-5 Stellar. It’s reported it was Blodgett’s birthday, so the party continued on for him. Also, Dudinsky recorded four assists in the game. As for the goaltenders, winning goalie, Chris Harrington made 22 saves on 27 shorts. Mike Allen for the Alehouse made 15 saves on 21 shots.
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