The Juneau Douglas High school hockey team concluded their 4 game homestead this weekend against the Monroe Catholic High School Rams, winning Friday’s match 4-1 and falling on Saturday 9-0. It was the last of eight games in 11 days for the Crimson Bears.
On Friday Monroe started the scoring off at the 4:45 mark of the first period with a well earned goal by Dylan Steele with assists from Kyle Conley and Joseph Raugest. The Crimson Bears came out hungry in the 2nd period by scoring 3 goals in 36 seconds. The first goal was an unassisted goal by Dalton L’Allier with 12:59 left in the period by knocking the puck out of the air past the Rams Goaltender. The next goal came just 5 seconds later when senior Marc Heifetz sprinted past the Rams defenders to score a very skilled goal. Marc Heifetz notched another goal at the 12:26 mark of the period with assists by Ethan Seid and Kevin Sigler. The teams battled hard until The Crimson Bears Dalton L’Allier snuck another goal past the Rams goaltender with 7:58 left in the period with assists from Grant Ainsworth and Zach Easton. The Rams had many good chances to score goals throughout the game, but Junior goaltender Neal Chapman played a solid game in his first varsity start with 24 saves. The Crimson Bears outshot the Rams 26-25 in a 4-1 win.
“We had a lot of pressure around their net,” JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. “Just a good presence. It was a battle and they play with a lot of heart.”
Saturday’s game did not go the Crimson Bears way. The Bears dressed some young jv players in the game to let injuries and bruises heal. Three key seniors did not play including Kevin Zigarlick, Dillion Tomaro, and Marc Heiftz. The Monroe Rams defeated the bears 9-0. The Rams got 3 goals from Jacob Hebert, and 3 goals from Joseph Raugest.
“We have had two different teams this year,” McKenna said. “Sometimes we are average and sometimes we are pretty strong. The difference is when we bare down and do the little simple things well. We have to keep it simple.”
The Crimson Bears will have some game time off before they host the Homer Mariners at Treadwell Arena on Dec. 21 and 22.