• Goalie Jack Heimbold turns away 103 of 114 shots on goal over the six-game weekend.
By Sean Pearson
Isaiah Nevak picked up five goals and five assists in the PeeWee D Homer Glacier Kings’ second-place finish at the President’s Day Tournament over the weekend at Dempsey-Anderson Ice Arena in Anchorage.
Homer opened the tourney against Tok on Friday, and took charge early with five first-period goals. Liam Coleman opened the scoring for Homer, finding the back of the net at the 9:44 mark. Isaiah Nevak picked up the assist. Then, just 23 seconds later, Finn Heimbold took another Nevak assist in for the Glacier Kings’ second score of the game.
Hunter Warren scored an unassisted goal at the 6:06 mark, followed by a Nevak goal and assist from Connor Roderick with 5:25 left in the period. Colby Marion logged Homer’s fifth goal of the opening period off a Coleman assist with just over three minutes left.
Tok scored a goal in each of the first two periods, but Homer’s third-period score from Warren put the game out of reach. Nevak again picked up the assist.
Homer goalie Jack Heimbold stopped 29 of 31 shots for the win.
In game two of the tournament, the PeeWee Ds took on an Under-14 girls team from Eagle River. Homer’s only goal came from Nevak in the second period, while Eagle River picked up two goals to squeak by with the 2-1 win.
Game three saw the Glacier Kings edge Fairbanks 5-4 in an offensive battle. The Fairbanks team scored first, punching in a goal late in the first period. Homer answered with two second-period goals, but Fairbanks stayed right at their heels. Heading into the third period trailing by one, the Glacier Kings scored three goals to Fairbanks’ one to grab the win.
Joshua Geibe and Marion each scored two goals, while Coleman picked up the fifth. Nevak and Warren picked up the assists, while goalie Heimbold made 28 saves.
Homer faced the AHA Coyotes in the tourney’s quarterfinal game, and picked up a quick 5-0 shutout. Coleman, Nevak and Marion picked up one goal a piece in the first period, with Finn Heimbold adding another in the second. Samuel Walker sealed the Coyote’s fate with a final third-period goal off a Marion assist. The Coyotes were only able to muster four shots on goal, which Jack Heimbold promptly turned away.
The win moved Homer on to the semifinal game against the AHA Comets on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. Both teams scored in the first period, Homer’s coming once again from Nevak. He added another goal in the second period off a Finn Heimbold assist. Heimbold then punched in a goal of his own in the third period for the win. Brother Jack stopped 10 of 12 shots on goal.
The Glacier Kings again faced the U-14 girls team from Eagle River in the tournament’s championship game. The Eagle River team was Homer’s only loss in the tourney, and kept it that way with a 1-0 squeaker over the Glacier Kings.
Heimbold stopped 22 of 23 shots in Homer’s losing effort. Overall, he turned away 103 of 114 shots on goal for the weekend.
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