The JDIA Squirts-3 team traveled to Homer recently for the state championships along with 8 other teams at their youth level and earned the respect and admiration of their opponents.
The Juneau Squirts came out strong in the first game beating Kenai 3-1. The Squirts’ Bill Bosse scored all three goals for his first hat trick at a tournament. Assists were made by Cully Corrigan and Kaleah Haddock.
The Squirts next faced Mat-Su, but fell 2-0 in the end despite out shooting Mat-Su 19 to 13. The Squirts also battled gamely but fell in the third and fourth games, losing to the Chugiak Mustangs 7-3 and the Homer Ice Glaciers 4-0.
Against the Mustangs goals were scored by Cully Corrigan and Paxton Wildes with assist by Tezah Haddock.
Coaches stated all the games were competitive and the kids had a great experience facing some well-experienced hockey players. Juneau was not out skilled, just out played.
Squirts goalie Kyle Farley-Robison played in the pipes all games and faced a total of 73 shots in a great defensive effort.
Coaches stated that other Alaskan hockey have an advantage in the opportunity to play multiple opponents all year round while Juneau has a more repetitive and shorter schedule. The advantage other hockey teams in Alaska have over Juneau is their ability
to play so many other teams all year long.
The Juneau Squirts played a great weekend of hockey that will make them a better team next year.
The Juneau Squirts hockey team are: Bill Bosse, Cully Corrigan, Kaleah Haddock, Tyler Weldon, Jackson Yates, Jamie Hort, Tezah Haddock, Owen Squires, Paxton Wildes, Blake Bixby, Nathan Morrow, Greyson Liebelt, Cameron Smith, Finn Yerkes, Kyle Farley-Robison, assistant coach Bill Wildes and head coach Arnold Liebelt.