The Homer hockey squad faces intense competition from three other teams this week at the End of the Road Shoot-Out at Kevin Bell
Homer Glacier King Pee Wee C’s took the title of 2015 Peninsula Power Play Tournament Champions in the annual tournament held in Kenai and Soldotna last weekend. The tournament fielded a division of six Pee Wee Tier III teams from around Southcentral Alaska.
The Homer team, coached by Chris Owen and assistant coach Joanna Riley, beat Kenai 5-4, Matsu Eagles 7-2, Anchorage Moose 5-0, and tied Anchorage Gomez Rams 0-0. Homer and Gomez moved forward into the semi-finals tied for first place with three wins and one tie each.The tiebreaker was based on number of points scored on each team. (Homer let in six goals; Gomez let in two goals, putting Gomez in the first place seat and Homer second.)
In semi-final games, the Rams beat Kenai 4-2, advancing them to the championship game. Homer played Anchorage Comets U14 girls team, beating them handily 8-2, in an early morning game in frigid -3 frigid temperatures at Kenai’s outdoor rink.
The championship game between Homer and Gomez looked like a repeat of their match-up earlier in the tournament, going into the third period scoreless. Finally, with less than 7 minutes remaining in the third period, Homer captain Casey Otis won a center ice face-off, and skated it down the ice to score the only goal in the championship game. The remaining minutes were focused on defense, and included one penalty kill and a six-man rush when the other team pulled their goalie.
Homer defended the goal, and won the game 1-0.
Goalie Keegan Strong had a total of 56 saves in the tournament. Micah Williamson and Terry Gilliland led the team, each with 6 goals and 3 assists; Kazden Stineff had 3 goals and 4 assists; Dylan McBride had 2 goals and 3 assists; Casey Otis had 1 goal and 4 assists; Fiona Hatton had 2 goals; Delilah Harris had 1 goal and 1 assist; Timmy Hatfield had 1 goal and 1 assist; and Aiden Arno had 2 assists.
The Pee Wees are starting their season undefeated, with a record of 9-0-1.