It was raining and pouring both in and out of Treadwell Arena over the weekend as the Juneau Douglas Crimson Bears let loose a torrent of shots against the visiting North Pole Patriots for a convincing series sweep, 9-1 Friday and 6-2 on Saturday.
“I was happy with how we defended our goal,” JDHS head coach Dave McKenna said. “And with how we attacked their goal.”
Freshman Jonathan Weston returned from a leg injury to tally three goals, senior Zach Bicknell scored two and assisted on one, and senior Bill Holbrook assisted on four scores to lead the scoring.
“It felt really good to be back on the ice,” Weston said. “Being out two weeks was tough. As a team I think we are doing great. I think we will play well in Anchorage next week.”
The Crimson Bears scored five goals in the second period of play to break open a 3-1 game and put it beyond reach.
Weston’s came at the 14:59 and 8:58 mark of the first period on assists by Matthew Campbell and Baseden, and at the 15:26 mark of the second period on assists by Kevin Zigarlick and Holbrook.
Baseden tallied his goal with 1:29 left in the first period on a Holbrook assist.
Kevin Sigler scored at the 10:07 mark in the second with an assist by Dillon Tomaro.
Tomaro followed with a goal at the 7:20 point on an assist by Dalton L’Allier, who then assisted Bicknell at the 2:49 mark.
With 1:52 remaining in the second period, Zigarlick slapped a second touch shot from Bicknell and Holbrook into the Patriots high corner of the net. Bicknell would score the only goal of the third period at the 10:03 mark on a Holbrook redirection.
“Bicknell, Matt Campbell and Ethan Seid had incredible games,” stated assistant coach Matt Boline. “They all did the kind of things right that don’t always show up on the score sheet.”
For Bicknell that involved taking a perfectly timed pass from Holbrook and slapping a beautiful one-timer that found the back of the net at the 2:49 mark of the second period.
Campbell was bashed and bloodied on a play at the net while finishing an attack that led to his first varsity goal.
Seid played one of the best all around games, sans a goal, of the season by consistently being in the defense zone, neutral zone, attack zone and just about any postal zone in Juneau.
North Pole scored their lone goal with 2:28 left in the first period as McKennzie Storhok found the net on an assist by Cole Morrow and Michael Geyer. The Patriots managed only 12 shots on goal while JDHS blasted 34 shots at the posts.
The win was huge for the Crimson Bears’ psyche. They had never beaten North Pole.
While last season’s team was talented enough to secure a win but failed to be on the top of the score.
With the win on Friday JDHS now knows they deserve to be on the ice and earn a win with hard work. The Crimson Bears had just four penalties in the contest; roughing by Bicknell, Holbrook and L’Allier and holding by L’Allier. The Patriots were whistled for nine penalties.
“I think we are skating really well right now,” McKenna said. “North Pole is on a rebuilding year but they play against good competition and they skate hard.”
Baseden scored a hat trick on Saturday and Weston notched two with one assist as the Crimson Bears refused to take a night off.
Baseden struck at 12:06 in the first with an assist by Holbrook and Bicknell. Campbell followed with a score at point blank at 8:45 on an assist by Martin Woodby and Weston finished the period with a goal at 5:34 on an assist by Tomaro and Campbell.
Baseden scored his final two goals in the second, the first was unassisted at the 3:04 mark and again at 1:57 on an assist by Weston and Holbrook.
Weston hit the net at the 8:30 mark of the final period with an assist by Tomaro.
The Patriots struck twice in the final period with Blake Wade scoring at the 6:32 mark with an assist by Jason Donald and Donald scoring at the 3:05 mark on a double assist by Morrow and Colton Carnley.
Goalie Grifin Bozarth stopped 15 of 17 shots while North Pole’s Allan Heineken got to 32 of 38. Christian Jacobsen was penalized for head contact, Ethan Seid for roughing and Campbell for dely of game. North Pole was whistled for Roughing, elbowing head contact and two boardings.
JDHS travels to play in Anchorage this week.