Ice Challenge title goes to Service

After wins against Kenai and SoHi on Thursday and Friday, the Homer hockey team fell 6-0 to Service on Saturday at the Peninsula Ice Challenge at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

The Mariners defeated Kenai Central 11-7 on Thursday in the opening round of the tournament.

Homer took a 3-0 lead after the first period but the Kardinals came back to tie the game in the third period before Homer ran away again in a wild period that saw Homer score six times and Kenai score three times.

Garrett Butcher had four goals for Homer, while Tim Blakely had three and Charlie Menke and Dimitry Kuzmin had two apiece.

On Friday, the Mariners set up a de facto championship game with Service by topping the Stars.

Garrett Butcher scored twice in the first period, both on assists from Dimitry Kuzmin, to give Homer a 2-0 lead.

In the second period, Douglas Dean, assisted by Charlie Menke and Spencer Warren, made it 3-0.

SoHi cut it to 3-1 in the third when Ethan Brown scored on an assist from Levi Hensley.

But Woape Huffman, on assists from Tim Blakely and Robby Larson, capped the scoring for the Mariners.

Billy Yoder had 32 saves for the Stars, while Riley Swanson had 17 stops for the Mariners.

Both the Service Cougars and Mariners came into the final day of the round-robin tournament with 2-0 records, but Service scored two goals in each period to wear the crown.

Just 49 seconds into the game, Andre Gaskov, assisted by Blaine Sharrock, put the Cougars up 1-0. Luke Carlson, assisted by Landon Hill, would make it 2-0 before the first period was out.

In the second period, Blaine Sharrock scored on an assist from Gaskov, and Hill scored assisted by Brandon Prewett. Johnny Stephens had a pair of third-period goals for the Cougars, the first assisted by Prewett and Carlson, and the second unassisted.

Ronan Klancher made 10 saves to earn the shutout, while Riley Swanson stopped 36 for Homer.