The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team opened Mid Alaska Conference play at Treadwell Arena over the weekend, falling 4-1 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday to the visiting North Pole Patriots.
JDHS put in a strong first quarter of action on Friday as both teams went into the break with no points to show for aggressive action around the nets.
North Pole notched two goals in the second period to control the ice. The Patriots Jason Donald scored a power play goal at 8:37 with assists by Carmon Teel and James Laszoffy, and Daniel Volsky hit at 4:37 (assists Wyatt Conrow, Dylan Latham).
Crimson Bears junior Cole Cheeseman was whistled for tripping at 8:56, giving the visitors the man advantage.
“We just fell a little flat after they got their first goal,” Juneau-Douglas coach Luke Adams said. “Right now we are playing too much up the ice. We are trying to throw the puck up the ice and make really long plays and high light reel goals. And that is not our style. Our style is simple, getting the puck to the net and scoring.”
JDHS’ aggressiveness resulted in turnovers and icing calls that put face offs back into the Crimson Bears’ own end.
The Patriots put two more in the net in the third period. AJ Hebert hit at 13:24 (assists Donald, Teel) and Teel scored at 11:18 (assist Donald).
The Crimson Bears lit the lamp with 9:16 remaining on sophomore Zach Hebert’s shot in front of the net, assisted by junior Grant Ainsworth.
JDHS senior goalie Neal Chapman stopped 21 shots and North Pole’s Allan Heineken 22.
Crimson Bears senior Josh Lahnum was whistled for holding and elbowing and North Pole’s Donald was called for high sticking and Teel for elbowing.
Stars Of The Game were JDHS’ Hebert, and North Pole’s Teel and Donald.
On Saturday the Patriots again gathered an early lead with Donald scoring at the 10:53 mark of the first period (assists Teel, Hebert) and Teel hitting at 3:42 (assists Donald, Christopher York).
The Crimson Bears cut the lead in half with just over a minute elapsed in the second period as Ainsworth scored (assists Hebert, junior Logan Moser).
The Patriots’ Teel scored unassisted with just under three minutes remaining in the period and Donald added a goal with 5:08 remaining in the third stanza (assist Laszoffy).
Crimson Bears senior Zach Easton found a spot in the crease a minute later on an assist by junior Shane Moller for the final score.
“Right now we are just looking to see who steps up and who puts it on their shoulders,” Adams said. “We have all the skills to play in these games. Right now we are looking to see who really wants to. We responded positively. We came back and made some plays down the ice and got a couple shots on the net. Now it is about creating more offense.”
JDHS senior goalie Liam McDermott stopped 14 shots and the Patriot’s York was busy with 31 round rubber discs controlled.
JDHS’ Moser had a hooking penalty and Kaipo Tseu was one man too many on the ice. North Pole’s Laszoffy was nipped for tripping and Justin Vinton for covering the puck in the crease.
The Crimson Bears begin a four-game road swing north starting Dec. 11 against Tri Valley, Lathrop twice (Dec. 12-13) and West Valley (Dec. 14).