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Crimson Bears skate past Houston 4-1

Posted: December 9, 2011 - 1:09am
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Juneau-Douglas’ Zach Bicknell moves the puck against North Pole.

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears hockey team wasted little mileage on their road trip north, getting down to business on the ice Wednesday night with a solid 4-1 win over the Houston Hawks.

Goals were scored by Jonathon Weston on an assist by Matt Campbell and Dillon Tomaro; Zach Easton on an assist by Tod Baseden and Zach Bicknell; Billy Holbrook with an assist by Bicknell; and Ethan Seid with an assist by Christian Jacobsen.

The Crimson Bears had 17 shots hit the posts, iron and net on goal. Houston peppered JDHS goalie Colter Pritchard with 41 shots, of which 18 struck some part of the cage, but Pritchard “stood on his head for the Crimson Bears” according to coaches.

“When a team takes 41 shots whether they hit the net or not a goalie needs to react to each shot and get up to face the next or to track the puck into the corner,” Assistant JDHS coach Matt Boline said. “It takes a lot out of you.”

Pritchard was still able to make some incredible saves that kept the Bears in the game and was nearly rewarded with a shutout.

Seid’s goal was his second career tally and capped a stellar performance on the ice. Seid had to miss Thursday’s game with an upper body injury. Seid will be day-to-day, but with rest is expected to make a full recovery.

Matt Campbell’s defensive zone coverage was textbook and led to him being in a great position for breaking the puck out of the Crimson Bears zone and into the attack zone, which contributed to an assist on Weston’s goal.

Dillon Tomaro was highlighted for his aggressive and controlled play in the attack zone. “Dillon was fore checking the way that he has been taught,” Head coach Dave McKenna said. “When we do what we have practiced everyone is on the same page and we are successful. Tomaro is learning to reign in his aggressive style and it is making him a much better player.”

The Crimson Bears played Houston on Thursday night. Scores were not available by press time. They play Colony tonight and South Anchorage on Saturday.

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