Mariners skate to trio of home wins
The Homer Mariners served notice to the rest of the North Star Conference this past week that they are the real deal. Homer, backed by a stingy defense that limited just three goals in 10 periods of play, skated to three clutch victories in front of their home fans at Kevin Bell Arena.
Homer kicked off its outing last Thursday by skating to a 4-1 come-from-behind victory over the Wasilla Warriors.
After Wasilla had pushed in a shot early in the opening period, Isaiah Nevak quickly provided the spark the M's needed. Less than 2 minutes after Wasilla had scored to take the lead, Nevak powered his way inside and punched a shot into the net that knotted the score at 1-1 with 9:03 left in the first.
J.J. Williamson followed Nevak's heroics with a shot of his own 68 seconds later, and handed the Mariners a lead they would never relinquish.
Dimitry Kuzmin stretched the HHS lead to 3-1 moments later.
Homer's Spencer Warren salted away the win with a goal just before the final buzzer in the third period.
The Mariners tacked on a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over Colony on Friday. The Mariners pushed home a shot in the extra frame to net its second come-from-behind win in as many days.
Colony took the early advantage with a first-period goal.
Nevak tied the game at 1-1 in the second when he rifled a shot into the goal. Tyler Gilliland and Lee Lowe both assisted on the score.
Douglas Dean gave the Mariners all the offense they would need on Saturday in a 3-1 romp over Palmer. Dean scored twice in the first quarter. Tucker Weston and Tim Blakely recorded assists.
Lowe tallied Homer's final goal at the start of the third period.
Homer, which was scheduled to play in Soldotna on Dec. 5, will make their next outing on Dec. 16 when they travel to Kenai to face off with Kenai Central.