Web posted Thursday, April 4, 2002

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Crystal Wilhelmy, left, a member of the Homer Glacier Kings squirt team, eyes an opponent during the squirt state tournament in Anchorage.
Photo by Suzy Quinn

Glacier Kings reach milestone

by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

Homer's ice hockey future took a big step forward last weekend as the Glacier Kings hockey program for the first time sent a mite team to compete in the Alaska State Hockey Championships in Anchorage.

The Glacier Kings youth movement took another ambitious step as those same mites played at the C level, after competing most of the season at the D level. Homer's Mites put up a stoic effort but finished the tournament winless in four games.

In Squirt action, the Glacier Kings took another momentous step by moving past the first round of pool play in the round-robin tournament, going 2-1-1 in four games. Their efforts earned the Glacier Kings a chance to play a crossover game against a tough Anchorage Red Wings team, who prevailed 5-2.

Despite a disappointing end to the tournament, Homer had some big times in the big city, getting a hat trick from William Faulkner during a 3-1 win over the Mat-Su Eagles, getting back-to-back shutouts from goalie Chance Rocket (a 0-0 tie against the Mustangs, followed by a 3-0 win over South Anchorage.) In the South Anchorage win, Jasper Cousins, David Buckley and Faulkner all scored and Brady Quinn dished out an assist.

The Glacier Kings pee wee team also played some good hockey, going 1-1-2 and just missing the cut to move on to cross-over play after a 5-5 draw with Anchorage Hockey Association.

In order to advance, Homer needed a win in its fourth and final pool game, but Anchorage netted a pair of third period goals to earn the tie after trailing for most the game.

"We just didn't have the legs to stay with them in the third period," coach Kevin Bell said.

Highlights for the pee wee Glacier Kings: a 5-goal second period in a 6-2 win over Mat-Su with a pair of goals from both Keith Bell and Adam Trieweller, another two-goal effort for Trieweller in the 5-5 tie and three assists in the tournament for Andrew Faulkner.

Down in Soldotna, Homer's Bantams got off to a fast start with a 7-1 win over Fairbanks on Thursday, fueled by Justin Adams' hat trick.

David Peterson added two goals and Taber Webb had a goal and two assists as the Glacier Kings got a solid effort in goal from Forest Smith.

The Glacier Kings were back on the ice again Thursday, but couldn't muster another big offensive outburst. Despite out shooting them 24-15, Homer fell 2-1 to the Boys and Girls Club of Anchorage. Justin Adams scored the goal on assists by Webb and Scott Owens.

On Friday the Glacier Kings were beaten 4-1 by South Anchorage and on Saturday they fell to the Anchorage Hockey Association 3-1.