The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears jumped out to a dominating first period of hockey action against the West Valley Wolfpack on Saturday night at Treadwell Arena.
Junior Tod Baseden wasted little time trying to improve the Crimson Bears playoff position with a score at the 12:32 mark on assists by seniors Bill Holbrook and Zach Bicknell.
The score would remain one to nothing until West Valley's Logan Henne scored at the 12:00 mark of the second period on an assist by Mason Graves.
“I wouldn’t say it was our best effort offensively,” JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. “Our effort was there but we never really clicked. We could have moved the puck a little smarter and we had a couple of defensive lapses. But it was a pretty solid effort.”
West Valley tacked on two goals in the final stanza. At 13:24 by Keegan O’Brien and at 1:11 by Tod Hallsten on assists by Henne and Eric Weber.
The physical Wolfpack were whistled for nine penalties, three in the first period for tripping, hooking and too many men on the ice. In the second they were called for unsportsmanlike conduct, roughing, and two slashings, plus a roughing and holding in the final stanza.
The Crimson Bears totaled four roughing penalties and one unsportsmanlike conduct. JDHS put 27 shots on goal and were peppered with 31 by the Wolfpack.
The two teams square off again this morning at 7:30 at Treadwell Arena.
The loss means that the Crimson Bears will stay in the third playoff position and will probably meet West Valley at the Mid Alaska Conference playoffs Feb. 3 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Patty Center.
“We can’t get the top seed,” McKenna said. “If West Valley beats Lathrop twice we might get Lathrop. We are not content with a 3-1 loss by any means. They seem like a very beatable team.”