The Juneau-Douglas hockey team looked more like a contender for the Stanley Cup on Friday night than a high school program.
The Crimson Bears battered and blasted the visiting Kenai Kardinals 6-3 in JDHS’ best effort of the season.
“We were not too bad,” JDHS head coach Dave McKenna said. “A little sloppy here and there, but our intensity was good throughout the night.”
The Kardinals have played solid ice hockey this season. Kenai lost to Anchorage power Service 6-5, beat West 4-3, tied Soldotna 3-3, lost to Eagle River 2-1 and Homer 1-0 and beat North Pole 3-1.
Kenai scored first at 14:01 in the opening period when Zack Mese ripped a shot on an assist by Zach Zulkanycz. Mese would score two goals in the game and have one assist. Zulkanycz would score one in the second period and assist twice. Mese scored Kenai’s third goal at the 7:17 mark of the final period.
“We tried to just continue on with what we did the second night against East last weekend,” McKenna said. “Trying to be a little big more defensively aware and floor check with some intensity.”
Dalton L’Allier tied the score at the 6:44 mark in period one on an assist by Ethan Seid. Three minutes later, Kaipo Tsell blasted a shot from the corner with an assist by Grant Ainsworth and the Crimson Bears never trailed again.
Bill Holbrook scored his first of two goals at the 10:32 point in period two on an assist by Christian Jacobsen. Holbrook would assist on Tod Baseden’s goal in the same period. Zach Easton scored unassisted at the 6:04 mark.
Holbrook scored unassisted at 14:34 in the final period.
Both clubs took a similar number of shots as Crimson Bears’ goalie Colter Pritchard stopped 32 of 35 shots on goal and Kenai’s keeper saved 28 of 34.
The Crimson Bears were called to the penalty box four times: Jacobsen for elbowing, Baseden for head contact, Tsell for high-sticking and Zach Bicknell for interference. The Kardinals also received four penalties: Matthew Morse for interference and tripping, Mese for boarding and Russell Dukowitz for tripping.
JDHS’ Holbrook and KHS’ Mese and Zulkanycz were selected players of the game.
The JDHS JV beat the Kenai JV 10-1. Cole Cheeseman led the Crimson Bears’ with four goals and three assists. Austin Hibbert scored for Kenai.
McKenna stated Kenai would look better in Saturday evening’s game as they had actually traveled to Juneau on the day of Friday’s game. Saturday box scores were not available by Sunday press time.