The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears played with energy and emotion on Friday night at Treadwell Arena and outskated a talented Homer roster 4-1.
“Both teams are played with a lot of emotion today,” Juneau-Douglas coach Luke Adams said. “This is a big rivalry for us. Our kids are playing with that emotion. And there are highs and lows with that emotion. What they have to do is find that balance.”
Zach Hebert scored at 6:55 of the first period (assists Logan Moser, Cole Cheeseman), Cheeseman scored at 6:26 of the second (assists Hebert, Moser) and Hebert tallied again at 11:40 of the third (assists Zach Easton, Grant Ainsworth).
The Mariners’ Tommy Bowe scored at 10:23 of the third (assist Garret Butcher).
JDHS’ Josh Lahnum closed out the scoring at 3:48 (assists Ethan Seid, Chase Barnum).
The Crimson Bears put 33 shots against Mariners’ goalie Markian Polushkin while JDHS’ Neal Chapman turned aside 20 shots.
“We have to get a lot of shots on net,” Adams said. “That is kind of our motto. We have to weather the penalty kills and use that momentum to get some shots on goal right away.”
Both teams had five penalties: JDHS’ Lahnum (interference, hooking), Easton (slashing), Michael Dale (roughing), Salar Pierovi (tripping); Homer’s Bowe (slashing, high sticking), Kiril Sanarov (roughing), Butcher (slashing), Sonnen (elbowing).
1st Star Of The Game was Hebert, 2nd was Cheeseman and 3rd Bowe.
"Our team has a lot of ups and downs," Hebert said. "Today was definitely one of our ups."
The two teams battle again Saturday at 7 p.m.