PALMER — The defending state champions are off to a 2-0 start.
Nathan Hooks scored a pair of goals to lead the Palmer Moose to a 4-3 win over the West Valley Wolfpack during the second day of the Alaska Army National Guard Stars and Stripes Hockey Showdown Friday at the MTA Events Center in Palmer.
Jeremy Horacek and Owen Hayes also scored for Palmer. The Moose, who earned the Division II state title last season, jumped out to a 4-0 lead. West Valley jumped back into the game with a trio of third-period goals. Both squads finished with 26 shots on net.
Palmer opened its tournament with a 4-1 win over North Pole on Thursday. Horacek, Jack Matlock, Zach Nelius and Carter Greco scored for Palmer. The Moose outshot North Pole 46-15.
Wasilla earned its first win of the season Friday. Soldotna used a pair of quick scores to pull back to the game, but the Stars were not able to climb out of the hole. Wasilla posted a 4-2 win over Soldotna.
Wyatt Medcoff and Galen Brantley III each scored during a 75-second span early in the third period. With Wasilla leading 4-0, Medcoff found the back of the net to put the Stars on the scoreboard at the 10:43 mark of the third. Just more than a minute later, Brantley III recorded an unassisted tally.
Wasilla built a 4-0 lead during the first two periods. Sayer Sanders gave Wasilla a 1-0 advantage in the first. Troy Randall, Langston Bouma and Holden Wiltfong all scored in the second for Wasilla.
Dimond blanked Wasilla 4-0 on Thursday.
Colony skated on the power play with the extra attacker during the final moments of the third Friday, but Dimond held on for a 4-3 win over the Knights. Dimond led 2-0, but Colony scored twice during a 34-second span to knot the score at 2. Kaden Ketchum put the Knights on the scoreboard at the 5:23 mark of the second. David Moore followed with another quick score. Dane Jellich scored with 5:28 left in the game to tie the score at 3.
Dimond’s Tyler Christiansen scored the game-winner with 4:54 left to play.
Colony opened the tourney with a 3-1 victory over Kenai Thursday. Carson McLaughlin provided the game-winner, scoring early in the third. Tyler Keefe added a third-period goal. Gabriel Cappel scored in the first to give the Knights the early lead.
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