• Delehanty penalty translates to 3 Crimson Bear goals
By Sean Pearson
The Mariner hockey team was consistent in their play over the weekend. Unfortunately, that consistency came in the form of two 1-4 nonconference losses to the Crimson Bears at Juneau-Douglas High School.
The two teams first met on Friday, and the Crimson Bears opened fire on Mariner goalie Markian Polushkin, hammering him with 33 shots on goal. Homer’s offense took 20 shots, but only Tommy Bowe’s found the back of the net, scoring at the 10:23 mark in the third period. Garrett Butcher got the assist.
“Juneau came out strong and fast” Polushkin said. “They beat us to the puck, especially in the first period.”
Saturday wasn’t much better for the M’s, as Juneau-Douglas scored four goals in the first period and never looked back.
Homer’s Owen Delehanty was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding, and the Crimson Bears responded with three goals in four minutes on the resulting power play.
Delehanty scored Homer’s only goal with 1:06 left in the second period. Butcher and Anton Kuzmin picked up the assists.
“Garrett passed the puck to Anton who passed it to me in the corner,” Delehanty explained. “I worked the puck up the wall to the hash marks, and when the Juneau player moved to cover Tommy, he left me a lane to the net. The goalie dropped to a butterfly position and I was able to put the puck in the net above him.”
The JDHS goalie stopped 23 shots, while Homer’s Riley Swanson stopped seven and Polushkin, 11.
Homer was happy to finally get a little varsity playing time from Danny Wiest — who has been out with an injury the first half of the season.
The M’s will take a break for the holidays, before hosting Soldotna on Jan. 14.
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