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Story Last modified at 1:44 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Girls hockey team relishes season's successes

BY MATT TUNSETH
Alaska Star

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Chugiak/Eagle River defender Michelle Wilson tries to poke the puck away from Dimond/West's Brittney Coleman during Dimond/West's 4-0 win in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage on Feb. 1.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH

Minutes after the final buzzer sounded on their last high school game, Chugiak/Eagle River seniors Sophier Mundell and Michelle Wilson were still coming to grips that their days on the ice together were over.

"It feels unreal right now," said Wilson. "I keep thinking I have to wake up for practice tomorrow."

The two captains shared a lengthy on-ice hug following the team's 4-0 loss Feb. 1 to top-seeded Dimond/West in the opening round of the Cook Inlet Conference tournament at Ben Boeke Arena in Anchorage.

"It doesn't seem like it's over," Mundell said.

Dimond/West had no intenion of letting the eight Chugiak/Eagle River seniors get any more time to make memories on the ice, racking up 40 shots and dominating the puck from the opening face-off.

"They were clicking on all cylinders," said Chugiak/Eagle River coach Jesse James, who along with Tom Moore guided the team to four victories this season – four more than the squad managed a season ago.

"I think the girls came together real well," Moore said.

Dimond got a pair of goals from Brittney Coleman and one each from Leandra Murray and Marianna Kristensen in the win, but the Lynx led just 2-0 heading onto the third thanks to the stellar play of Mundell, who made 36 saves.

"She's been our backbone," Moore said.

Chugiak/Eagle River's best scoring chance came midway through the third, when Autumn Sperry got loose for a breakaway. But Jessica Sims, who made five saves in the shutout, corralled Sperry's high wrister to preserve the shutout.

The game featured plenty of rough play, especially from Dimond/West, which racked up 24 minutes in penalties.

"Every time we play them, both teams tend to be a lot more aggressive," Mundell said.

Chugiak/Eagle River finished the season 4-17-1. Despite the loss in her final game, Mundell said the season proved to be an enjoyable one because of the strong bonds that formed between the players both on and off the ice.

"We were a very tight-knit team," she said.

Contact Matt Tunseth at matt.tunseth@alaskastar.com or 694-2727.

Dimond/West 4, Chugiak/Eagle River 0

Feb. 1, Ben Boeke

Dimond/West 1 1 2 – 4

Chugiak/Eagle River 0 0 0 – 0

First period – 1. D/W- Coleman (Kelly), 7:53

Second period – 2. D/W- Murray (Geraghty), 4:58

Third period – 3. D/W- Coleman (Kelly, Kristensen), 6:51; 4. D/W- Kristensen (Tufi), 8:48

Shots on goal: C/ER 2-1-2--5, D/W 13-16-11—40. Saves: C/ER- Mundell 12-15-9—36, D/W- Sims 2-1-2—5. Penalties: C/ER 1 for 2, D/W 8 for 24.

Chugiak/Eagle River 4, Mat-Su 0

The Chugiak/Eagle River girls team picked up its fourth win of the season with a 4-0 shutout over Mat-Su on Jan. 25 at the McDonald Center.

Tilly Cantor scored two goals and added an assist for Chugiak/Eagle River, which also got goals from Susan Taylor and JoEllen Walters. Autumn Sperry notched three assists in the victory and Sophie Mundell stopped all 21 shots she faced.

Bartlett/South 6, Chugiak/Eagle River 0

Bartlett/South showed no mercy on Jan. 27 at the Mac, lighting Chugiak/Eagle River up for three first-period goals and cruising to a 6-0 win at the Mac. Sophie Mundell stopped 40 shots in a losing effort for Chugiak/Eagle River, which was outshot 46-5.

Service/East 3, Chugiak/Eagle River 0

Chugiak/Eagle River ended its regular season with a 3-0 loss to Service on Jan. 29 at the McDonald Center.

Sophie Mundell made 24 saves in the loss for Chugiak/Eagle River, which finished the season with a 4-16-1 record.

Chugiak/Eagle River 4, Mat-Su 0

Jan. 25, McDonald Center

Chugiak/Eagle River 2 0 2 – 4

Mat-Su Ravens 0 0 0 – 0

First period – 1. C/ER- Taylor (Fore, Cantor), 3:51; 2. C/ER- Walters (Sperry), 4:40

Third period – 3. C/ER- Cantor (Sperry, Taylor), 1:29; 4. C/ER- Cantor (Sperry), 8:24

Shots on goal: C/ER 4-2-5—11, Mat-Su 5-5-11—21. Saves: C/ER- Mundell 5-5-11—21, Mat-Su- Pulczinski 2-2-3—7. Penalties: C/ER 2 for 4, Mat-Su 0 for 0.

Bartlett/South 6, Chugiak/Eagle River 0

Jan. 27, McDonald Center

Bartlett/South 3 1 2 – 6

Chugiak/Eagle River 0 0 0 – 0

First period – 1. B/S- Stahle (Leary), 1:16; 2. B/S- K. Nokelby (Rall), 9:15; 3. B/S- Costello (Wiita), 11:00

Second period – 4. B/S- Hess (M. Nokelby), pp, 3:35

Third period – 5. B/S- Wiita (un), 1:29; 6. B/S- K. Nokelby (Wiita, Lind), pp, 3:38

Shots on goal: C/ER 1-3-1—5, B/S 13-17-16—46. Saves: C/ER- Mundell 10-16-14—40, B/S- Davis 1-3-1—5. Penalties: C/ER 3 for 6, B/S 3 for 6.

Service/East 3, Chugiak/Eagle River 0

Jan. 29, McDonald Center

Chugiak/Eagle River 0 0 0 – 0

Service/East 3 0 0 – 3

First period – 1. S/E- Baldout (un), :18; 2. S/E- Stanfield (Merkouris, Baldout), pp, 3:02; 3. S/E- Stanfield (Baldout, Linsoe), 11:18

Shots on goal: C/ER 1-2-3—6, S/E 13-13-1—27. Saves: C/ER- Mundell 10-13-1—24, S/E- Gerrety 1-2-3—6. Penalties: C/ER 7 for 14, S/E 5 for 10.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, February 3, 2011.