Alaska sports digest: Jan. 17


Stassel reaches finals

Anchorage's Ryan Stassel qualified for the slopestyle finals at the FIS World Snowboard Championships in Quebec, finishing second in his heat Thursday.

The top two riders from each of four heats advanced directly to Friday's finals. Stassel is also scheduled to compete in Saturday's big air event.



Service 2, Lathrop 1

Karson Frisk delivered the game-winning, power-play strike midway through the third period Thursday night to help Service defeat Lathrop, 2-1, in a nonconference boys hockey game at Ben Boeke Arena.

Frisk scored off assists from Blayde Briske and Andrew Cummings.

Lathrop jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal from Joshua Clifton, but Cummings tied the game just 25 seconds later.

Dustin Fritz made 13 saves for Service and Ryan Ebenal stopped 13 shots for the Malemutes.


East 3, W. Valley 2

In a nonconference boys hockey game in which all five goals came on special teams, East used Sam Stinson's short-handed goal with 90 seconds remaining Thursday night to seize a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Stinson's power-play goal with just less than six minutes remaining forged a 2-2 tie. The Thunderbirds also got a power-play goal from Steven Butts, who also registered an assist.

West Valley's power-play goals, both in the first period, came from Mike Olsen and Eric Weber, who assisted on Olsen's goal. Zack Savereide drew assists on both Wolfpack goals.

Kris Oldham, who replaced Owen Carlson in goal for East late in the first period, made 13 saves to earn the win. West Valley's Matt Taylor stopped 18 shots.


Arctic Bears win

Peyton Lake scored two goals and assisted on two others Thursday to lift the Arctic Lions of Fairbanks to a 6-0 victory over Chugiak-Eagle River in a girls nonconference hockey game at the McDonald Center in Eagle River.

Courtney Evans scored to goals for the Arctic Bears, Erika Martin furnished one goal and one assist, and Courtney Cox added a goal. Summer Britton generated three assists. Sabrina Nichols faced just three shots in earning the shutout.

Chugiak-Eagle River's Arika Mercer stopped 25 shots.



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