Mariners go 1-2 in trip to Mat-Su Valley
The Homer Mariners went into their recent trip into the Mat-Su Valley looking to solidify their stranglehold on the conference lead. Unfortunately, it didn't work out quite as well as they had hoped.
Homer dropped two of its three games during the recent road swing and slipped to second in the North Star Conference race.
The Mariners kicked off their outing last Thursday with a tough 1-0 loss to Wasilla. The Warriors scored a goal at the 5:03 mark of the third period and escaped with a victory. During the game, Wasilla managed to do what few teams have accomplished this season - they held Homer's potent offense in check. The Mariners managed just 18 shots on goal during the contest.
Goal Hunter Warren turned in a solid performance in the loss. Overall, he stopped 26 of Wasilla's 27 shots.
The Colony Knights added to Homer's woes on Friday by claiming a 5-2 decision. With the win, Colony moved a game ahead of Homer in the conference standings.
After battling through a first quarter, the Knights managed to eke out a goal to go up 1-0. Moments later, Dimitry Kuzmin pulled the Mariners even. He took a pass from Ethan Pitzman and Phinn Weston into a goal at the 13-second mark of the frame and sent the contest into the third period knotted at 1-1.
Spencer Warren gave Homer a lead early in the third by tossing in an unassisted goal at the 12:47 mark.
Unfortunately for the Mariners, the lead didn't stand. Colony rallied for four goals in the final 12 minutes to claim the win.
Homer managed to end the road trip on a high note, however. The Mariners picked up a pair of goals from Pitzman and breezed to a 4-0 shutout of Palmer on Saturday.
Kuzmin and Warren both scored in the second period and staked the Mariners to a 2-0 lead heading into the final frame. Pitzman scored both of his goals in the third period to seal the decision.
As a team, Homer took 29 shots on goal.