The Kenai Kardinals reversed their fortunes on Saturday night, skating past the Crimson Bears by a margin of 5-2 at Treadwell Arena. JDHS had their hopes of a sweep dashed as the Kardinals upped the physical play from Friday’s loss to the Crimson Bears.
Juneau-Douglas’ Bill Holbrook scored the home team’s lone first period goal unassisted at the 10:19 mark. The Crimson Bears used last week’s two losses to East as a learning experience in game one, but didn’t continue their high level of bruising play against a relatively young Kenai squad.
Kenai responded with a goal at the 3:11 mark by Zack Mese goal on an assist by Zach Zulkanycz. Zulkanycz scored again at the 2:50 mark on an assist by Nathan Zorbas and scored unassisted at the 1:13 mark.
In period two Kenai’s Jake Eubank scored at the 14:13 mark with an assist by Zulkanycz and Mese. Juneau’s Kevin Zigarlick responded for the Crimson Bears’ final goal unassisted at the 9:14 mark.
Kenai’s T.J. Wagoner scored the game’s final goal on an assist by Zulkanycz at the 7:53 mark. Neither team found the back, side or iron of the net in the final period of play.
JDHS stopped 24 of 29 shots on goal while Kenai stopped 28 of 30 shots on goal.
Juneau only accrued six penalties: Christian Jacobsen and Tod Baseden for checking from behind in the first period; Jacobsen for two roughing calls and Matthew Campbell for hooking in the second period; and Ethan Seid for a knee in the third.
Kenai was whistled 10 times: Hydn Johnson for hooking in the first period; Nathan Zorbas for hooking, Johnson roughing, Zulkanycz slashing, Andrew Hamilton for interference, Russell Duowitz and Lee Kempf for checking from behind, and Matthew Morse for roughing in the second period; and Morse was called for slashing and boarding in the third period.
Players of the game on Saturday were Kenai’s Mese with one goal and one assist and Zulkanycz with two goals and three assists and JDHS’ Zigarlick with one goal.
The JDHS JV won 5-0 over the Kenai JV.