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Alaska's two NAHL junior teams took decidedly different paths to victory Friday night -- the Kenai River Brown Bears stormed back on the road and the Fairbanks Ice Dogs held on at home.

Kenai River trailed 2-0 in the final minute of the second period at Wenatchee before Joey Sardina got them on the board with eight ticks left before intermission. Ryan Muere tacked on a goal five minutes into the third period and Joseph Kaszupski scored with four minutes to go. Presto, 3-2 Brown Bears win, thanks in no small part to Alec Derks' 25 saves. Also, three goals on a mere 17 shots works.

Fairbanks, meanwhile, led the Minnesota Wilderness 3-0 early in the second period in the Golden Heart City. But Minnesota's Darian Romanko scored with 1:36 to go in regulation to cut the Ice Dogs' lead to 3-2 and scored again, an extra-attacker strike, with just 22 seconds left. Still, Fairbanks survived to get to the shootout and won the skills contest 3-2, for a 4-3 win. Fairbanks got shootout goals from Todd Burgess, Chandler Mabry and Ethan Somoza...

Doyle Woody
SATURDAY

SOCCER Channel 3 a.m. Men’s College: N. Carolina St. at Clemson* Root 36 4:45 a.m. English: Liverpool at Newcastle United NBCS 39 7 a.m. English: Queens Park Rangers at Chelsea NBCS 39 3 p.m. Mexican: Guadalajara at Club America* UNI 85 4 p.m. MLS: L.A. Galaxy at Real Salt Lake NBCS 39 RUNNING Channel 5 a.m. New York City Marathon ESP2 35 AUTO RACING Channel 6 a.m. NASCAR Modified Tour: Thompson* FS1 41 7 a.m. Sprint Cup: AAA Texas 500, practice FS1 41 9 a.m. Formula One: U.S. Grand Prix, qualifying NBC 2 11:30 a.m. Nationwide: Fort Worth Challenge ESPN 34 9 p.m. Formula One: U.S. Grand Prix, qualifying* NBCS 39 Midnight NHRA Drags: Las Vegas Nat’ls, qualifying* ESP2 35 RUGBY Channel 11:30 a.m. New Zealand vs. U.S. Eagles at Chicago NBC 2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Channel 7:30 a.m. Air Force at Army CBS 11 8 a.m. Wisconsin at Rutgers ESPN 34 8 a.m. Maryland at Penn State ESP2 35 8 a.m. Oklahoma at Iowa State FS1 41 8 a.m. E. Carolina at Temple ESN 112 8 a.m. Duke at Pittsburgh ESU 134 10 a.m. CS Sacramento at Montana Root 36 11:30 a.m. Florida vs. Georgia CBS 11 11:30 a.m. TCU at West Virginia ABC 13 11:30 a.m. Purdue at Nebraska ESP2 35 11:30 a.m. Houston at S....

Erika Bolstad,Lesley Clark
SATURDAY

PREP RIFLERY: T-bird Invitational, East, 8 a.m. PREP WRESTLING : ACS Invitational, ACS, 9 a.m. PREP GYMNASTICS : CIC championships, Dimond, 10 a.m. PREP FOOTBALL : North-South Shrine Classic at The Dome: Flag football, noon; small-medium schools, 2 p.m.; large schools, 5 p.m. PREP SWIMMING AND DIVING: CIC swimming and diving championships, Bartlett, 3 p.m. MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY: Lake Superior State at UAA, Sullivan Arena, 7:07 p.m. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL : UAA alumni game, Alaska Airlines Center, 2:30 p.m.

SUNDAY

No events scheduled

Grace Christian picked up a pair of wins on the Kenai Peninsula, knocking off Homer 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23) on Thursday in Homer and Nikiski 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-18, 25-11) on Friday in Nikiski.

Kinley Hickok had 18 kills and five blocks to lead the Grizzlies (10-1 Southcentral Conference) against Nikiski, while Kaitlin Cowell added 32 assists and Bridget Broderick had 32 digs.

Grace finishes its regular season on Saturday against Seward.

Alaska Dispatch News

An initial review of Alaska National Guard-related documents released by the state Friday in response to a media lawsuit shows the Parnell administration received more complaints about the guard than have so far been reported.

But so many words and paragraphs among the 596 pages of emails and attached documents were redacted by state lawyers and the administration that the significance of some of the correspondence was difficult to discern.

As abbreviated and scattered over time as the first batch of released emails are, they still shed light on how Gov. Sean Parnell’s office responded to crises and concerns in the guard and show the deep involvement of two of Parnell’s top aides: chief of staff Mike Nizich and his deputy, Cindy Sims.

Sims specialized in sexual assault matters and doubled as the governor’s director of international trade. Nearly all the email conversations about problems in the National Guard went through Nizich or Sims, or both...

Richard Mauer and Jill Burke

In UAA’s season-opening win over Maine, center Blake Tatchell gifted defenseman Derek Docken with a pass sweeter than sugar, one that left him with an open net at his disposal.

Tatchell’s set-up furnished Docken a gimme, a tap-in, a chance so sublime that most nights he probably could have steered it into the cage with a tree branch. And yet Docken came up as empty as the net that beckoned.

“That’s going to haunt me,’’ Docken said afterward, still incredulous he did not score.

He made amends Friday night, when he buried a shot into a yawning net – Tatchell racked one of his three assists on the play -- and was one of three Seawolves defensemen to score goals in a 3-2 victory over winless Lake Superior State at Sullivan Arena.

UAA coach Matt Thomas in preseason stressed the Seawolves needed more bang from the blue line than the 12 goals defensemen scored in 38 games last season...

Doyle Woody

JUNEAU -- Some Republican incumbents who were once thought to have easy runs for re-election in heavily Republican districts are now facing spirited opposition from independent candidates.

And those challengers have the same crucial advantage that independent gubernatorial candidate Bill Walker is using to run neck-and-neck with incumbent Republican governor Sean Parnell: There's no Democratic candidate in the race.

Independent Warren Keogh of Chickaloon hopes to unseat first-term Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, in Senate District E that runs from Mat-Su to Prince William Sound.

And in neighboring House District 7, first-term Rep. Lynn Gattis, R-Wasilla, is facing a challenge from Wasilla Mayor Verne Rupright, also running as an independent.

Keogh says that as an independent his chances would be undermined if a Democrat was also running in the Senate District E race.

"If there were a Democrat in the race it would be a three-way race, and it would be an easy win for Mr. Dunleavy," Keogh said...

Pat Forgey

Kotzebue advanced twice as many wrestlers into the semifinals as any other team to take a big lead at the Lime Solar/ACS Invitational on Friday at Anchorage Christian Schools.

The Huskies – who also won the tournament last year – advanced 10 athletes into the semifinals, scoring 144.5 team points on the opening day of the 45-team event. Second-place Bethel advanced five wrestlers into the semis and scored 95.5 points on Friday.

Houston (93), Homer (91.5) and Ketchikan rounded out the top 5 teams.

Wrestling continues Saturday at 9 a.m.

For complete tournament results, visit trackwrestling.com .

Lime Solar ACS Invitational

Team scores (top 10) – 1) Kotzebue, 144.5; 2) Bethel, 95.5; 3) Houston, 93.0; 4) Homer, 91.5; 5) Ketchikan, 90.5; 6) Nikiski, 83.0; 7) Barrow, 73.0; 8) Dillingham, 64.0; 9) Nome, 62.5; 10) Mt. Edgecumbe, 57.5

Saturday's semifinal match-ups:

98 pounds – Curt Bartlett, Sitka, vs. Mathew Hunter, Bethel; Blunka Blunka Jr., New Stuyahok vs. Thomas Dyment, Bethel...

Alaska Dispatch News

BARROW -- More and more we’re hearing about studies and findings in the Arctic.

Climate change, diminishing sea ice, melting permafrost, and polar bears are popping up on news feeds and updates every day, it seems. And most of what is reported as new and detrimental discoveries is not necessarily news on the North Slope or in the Northwest Arctic.

In fact, scientists and reporters who make the trek high above the Arctic Circle each year to photograph open seas, gather data and get anecdotal accounts from local elders might not be helping as much as they think.

Low-flying aircraft disrupt subsistence resources and those who rely on them.

It’s understandable why the Arctic is so popular for researchers, photographers, journalists and tourists alike.

But for scientists living and working in the Arctic, the flocks of interested parties converging on the North Slope are creating the potential need for gatekeepers to keep track of who’s where and doing what. Who’s responsible?

“It creates problems,” said Robert Suydam, the North Slope Borough wildlife biologist in Barrow, earlier this month...

Jillian Rogers

Four swimmers qualified with the fastest times in two events each on Friday at the Cook Inlet Conference swimming and diving meet at the Bartlett pool.

Dimond senior Michael Summers (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Service senior EZ Hogue-Corwin (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) pulled the feat on the boys' side, while Chugiak junior Emmie Jennings (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) and Dimond freshman Erin Moody (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) doubled up on the girls'.

Friday’s preliminary rounds cut the field in each event down to eight swimmers for Saturday’s finals. The CIC champion in each event will automatically advance to the state meet.

Swimmers in Saturday’s finals will be seeded according to their times on Friday.

Other top boys’ times on Friday were turned in by Service’s Nathan Adams in the 200 individual medley, Eagle River’s Blaise Fox-Icarro in the 100 butterfly, the Wolves’ Bryce Fox-Icarro in the 100 backstroke and Dimdon’s Jarod O’Brien in the 100 breaststroke...

Alaska Dispatch News

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