Dimond Raises Money for Local YMCA; Wins Big Over Service

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by Jake Ryle

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--The Holidays have a tendency to bring out the best in people, and sports is no exception.

The Dimond High School hockey team raised money Friday night as part of their "Military Appreciation Night". A portion of the proceeds went directly to the local chapter of the Armed Services YMCA.

Only one year ago, the Lynx were able to raise more than $4,000 for the Susan Butcher Breast Cancer Fund.

Past the pre-game festivities--Dimond spared no time in offering a hand in the scoring action. Joel Tomuro and Drake Glover sprinted down the ice for a quick two goals in nearly the first minute of action.

Walker Hamilton and Tyler Garcia each found the net to increase the Lynx lead going into the first intermission to 4-0.

A relatively quiet second period gave way to late scoring in Friday's contest. Tomuro lit the lamp for his second goal of the night with only 26 seconds remaining in the second period.

Service wouldn't stay quiet throughout the entirety of the game. Luke Cooley pounded a slap-shot into the goal to put the Cougars on the board. Bradley Kuper and Kirby Graff each got the assist on the play.

Dimond would score one more in the third period for insurance, and they'd win by a score of 6-1.

Dimond 6, Service 1

The Bartlett Golden Bears were looking for one last victory before the Christmas break. They'd be taking on a streaky Eagle River team at the McDonald Memorial Center on Friday.

The story of the game--who didn't score for the Wolves in the second period?

Eagle River tallied 6 goals in the second period: 3 goals from forward Brett Wood, 2 goals from George Platt, and Carter Jesiel added a goal. Eagle River went ahead 7-1 by the beginning of the third period.

Bartlett would retaliate with a goal of their own by Chance Aquino, but it wouldn't be enough as the Eagle River Wolves win their conference match by five.

Eagle River 7, Bartlett 2

Friday night provided an excellent opportunity to see some great girls hockey games, as well.

Chugiak-Eagle River faced off against South-Bartlett in a very unique match-up. South-Bartlett pushed out to a comfortable 4-0 lead with all four goals coming in the final five minutes of play in the first period.

Georgianna Hoss tallied two for South-Bartlett, while Claire Fitzpatrick and Morgan Newhouse pushed the puck past the line for quick scores.

Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to hockey. Chugiak-Eagle River scored four goals in the second and third periods to push past  South-Bartlett.

Chugiak-Eagle River's Autumn Sperry scored as many goals (4) as her opponent. With five minutes remaining in the final period, Sperry notched her fourth and final goal to help give her team a victory.

Chugiak-Eagle River 5, South-Bartlett 4

Back to the Boeke Ice Arena, Service-East were looking to start the night of hockey off to a good start.

They'd get all the help they'd need in the second period as Morgan Hill and Katy Martin scored on Dimond-West goaltender Lillian Lewis.

Lewis blocked 11 of 13 shots in the contest, but the offense of Dimond-West wasn't able to tally more than a single goal in the game, even with the shot advantage. Dimond-West sprayed 20 shots on goal, but could only find the back of the net a lone time with a first period unassisted goal from Stephanie Vanderbos.

Service-East 2, Dimond-West 1