At 5-foot-5 and 135 pounds, Juneau-Douglas High School’s Colter Pritchard may not look like one of the best goalies in Alaska’s high school ranks, until you wrap him up in some padded clothing and hang some decorating garnishes like reddish-golden gloves, shiny silver skates, a glistening black helmet and lightning rod sticks on his frame.
Then Pritchard becomes a puck magnet.
“Colter really competed well this past weekend,” JDHS head coach Dave McKenna said. “Kenai had a few players that shot the puck extremely well, and Colter really kept us in the game when we made mistakes.”
Pritchard was selected by coaches and local media as the player of the week for his contributions during the two-game series against the Kenai Kardinals.
The Crimson Bears won on Friday 6-3 and lost Saturday 5-2.
“Saturday night was not our best effort,” McKenna said. “But we had a chance to come back right until the end thanks to some good goal tending. Sometimes that’s just the spark that’s needed to achieve a comeback.”
Pritchard was remarkable in the win; deflecting, catching or smothering blistering shots by the Kenai attackers and rejecting 32 of the 35 rubber discs. Saturday Pritchard got more of a workout and contained 24 of the 29 pucks that were sent his way. Pritchard also stopped 30 of 36 shots against East, another year-round program, like Kenai, that fuels its roster with club players during the high school season.