The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears hockey team was in a slap shot contest against the visiting Colony Knights over the weekend, falling 6-4 on Friday and 5-2 Saturday. Penalties were key for the Crimson Bears as the Knights capitalized on power play goals both nights.
“Penalty killing can be tough and they have a good power play,” JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. “You have to be as aggressive as you can without losing your inside position.”
The Knights struck first on Friday with junior Jake Elwell scoring just two minutes into the game on an assist by classmate Mark Thygeson.
The Crimson Bears to on the scoreboard with 3:54 remaining in the period as sophomore Kaipo Tseu put in a nice tip shot at the front of the Colony goal off an assist by junior Kathryn Noreen.
Colony put in two goals in succession at the top of the second period as the Crimson Bears played short-handed with penalties to Tseu (checking from behind, misconduct) and senior Kevin Zigarlick (holding). Colony scored at 11:15 on senior Donovan Parker’s blast (assists Jonathon Boyer, Elwell) and junior Anthony Kolendo’s slap shot at 10:10 (assists Boyer, Elwell).
The Knights added another second period power-play goal by Parker (assists Kolendo, Boyer) at 3:48 after JDHS senior Kevin Sigler was whistled for tripping at the 4:16 mark.
Colony took a 5-2 lead at the 10:13 mark of the third period when senior Morgan McJimsey scored (assist Colton Symbol).
The Crimson Bears made a game out of the physical play with a 9:35 goal by sophomore Grant Ainsworth (assist Zigarlick) and a power-play goal at 6:54 by sophomore Dalton L’Allier (assist senior Dillon Tomaro) just as the Knights’ Elwell returned to the ice from his roughing penalty.
Colony tacked on breathing room with a score at the 3:45 mark by Elwell (assists McJimsey, Kolendo).
JDHS goalie Neal Chapman stopped 24 shots, Colony’s Colton Beebe was thrown just 15 and put aside 11.
Stars Of The Game went to JDHS freshman Zach Hebert and Colony’s Elwell and Boyer.
On Saturday Colony put a puck into the net less than 30 seconds into the game as McJimsey put a rebound safely away (assists Kevin Hale, Boyer) and it was the Crimson Bears who capitalized on a hooking penalty against the Knights Gabe Gamez with 2:09 remaining in the period as junior Ethan Seid put a back hand in (assists Sigler, Tseu).
Once again Colony used two Crimson Bears penalties in the second quarter to put up points. Tseu was whistled for holding at the 8:30 mark and the Knights Kolendo scored at 7:48 (assists Elwell, McJimsey). JDHS senior Marc Heifetz was called for tripping at 4:26 and Colony’s Kolendo scored at 2:34 (assist Boyer). The Knights tacked on a third goal with 19 seconds remaining as Colton Symbol hit (assists McJimsey, Parker).
“They take a shot early,” McKenna said of the Knight power plays. “And we start chasing and they out number us and get the shot. You have to force the power play to move the puck a lot and as soon as there is a loss of possession you have a window to be aggressive. And you have to get back quicker on the defensive end. It is kind of a balancing act.”
JDHS got one back in the third period with L’Allier scoring at 5:12 (assist Ainsworth), but Colony answered less than 40 seconds later as Boyer hit (assists Symbol, McJimsey).
Griffin Bozarth stopped 23 shots for the Crimson Bears and Beebe 20 for Colony.
Stars Of The Game were L’Allier for JDHS and McJimsey and Kolendo for the Knights.