East, Eagle River Win With Late Effort

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by Jake Ryle

EAGLE RIVER, Alaska--For the West High Eagles, a slow start turned into a slow finish.

Only 17 seconds into the game, Codie Cope went down on the ice after being hit from the side.

48 minutes later, Cope was carted off the ice. West players tell Your Alaska Link that he had "pain in his lower right part of his back," they added, "He was telling us he couldn't feel his legs."

We received a text from Cope's mom on his condition: "We just got x-rays to his lower back and are waiting to hear back. He is moving his toes a little more now. We will let you know more when they let us know."

A scoreless first period led to two goals in the second by Eagle River. Stephen Wescott and Brett Wood racked up a goal apiece.

West would get within one, thanks to a late goal in the third period by Ryder Schwann; however, a goal with less than two minutes remaining by Wood gave the Wolves a 3-1 win.

Eagle River 3, West 1

ANCHORAGE, Alaska--East survived a scare going into the second period on Tuesday night.

Bartlett started the scoring frenzy off early with an unassisted goal by Chance Aquino. The Thunderbirds would fire back with two goals from Brian Cresap and a goal from Steven Butts. At the first intermission--the Thunderbirds went up 3 to 2.

The Golden Bears would tally first in the second period (only 7 seconds in) with a goal from Joel Johnson.

But six unanswered goals in the second led to a 9-3 lead going into the late period--where the Thunderbirds would tally five more.

Cresap finished the night with a hat-trick. Christian Luiten, Steven Butts and Sam Stinson all tallied two goals apiece.

East 14, Bartlett 3

To the girls games--Dimond-West squared off with Chugiak-Eagle River on Tuesday.

And the northwest girls rallied first with two goals from Holly Linder and Kelly Ireland.

But that's all the offense Chugiak-Eagle River would put together.

Dimond-West would snag goals from Taral Clayton, Allye Brodie and Miryea Herman.

Clayton tallied two goals on the night.

GIRLS Hockey: Dimond-West 4, Chugiak-Eagle River 2

Back at the Ben Boeke Ice Arena, South-Bartlett proved it's all about how you finish and not about how you start.

Service-East scored two goals in the first period courtesy of Felila Manu and Caia Delavergne; however, South-Bartlett would tie the score in the second period with goals from Alahna Stivers-Myers, and two goals from Mackenzie Millen.

South-Bartlett would light the lamp two more times to win 5-4.

South-Bartlett 5, Service-East 4