The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears were faster with the puck than the visiting Bartlett Golden Bears in high school hockey action Friday night at Treadwell Arena, putting 45 shots on goal in a 4-1 win that featured new additions to the roster.
“We had some different combinations of lines out there tonight,” Juneau-Douglas coach Luke Adams said. “We were just trying some new things out.”
What ever it was worked as the Mid Alaska Conference Crimson Bears controlled the puck action and created speed in the neutral zone past the Cook Inlet Conference Bartlett Golden Bears.
Blue line to blue line belonged to the JDHS as they put 17 shots on goal in the first period, connecting on two, and limited Bartlett to eight shots.
JDHS senior Ethan Seid scored at 7:03 of the first, with assists by seniors Zach Easton and Josh Lahnum. The Crimson bears Lahnum played for the Golden Bears last season.
Kaipo Tseu added the second score with 3:10 remaining (AST, juniors Cole Cheeseman and Grant Ainsworth).
According to Adams, building the speed in the neutral zone led to momentum in the offensive attack and produced quick shots.
“Our kids really went to throttle,” Adams said. “We were able to create some offense. We had a game plan and our kids came out and delivered today.”
JDHS added a goal with 2:07 remaining in the second period as junior Logan Moser found the crease (AST, Ainsworth, Tseu).
JDHS went up 4-0 in the third period as Easton hit at 8:28 (AST, Seid) and Bartlett found the net with 5:21 remaining on a Kyle Sun shot (AST, Joel Johnson.
Senior goalie Neal Chapman stopped 22 shots and was credited for his play.
“Those aren’t easy games to play in,” Adams said. “He made some very tough saves. It definitely helps our chances of winning. A lot of credit to the Bartlett team too, they played with a short bench. They know how to play and slow down the pace of a game and we talked a lot about how to combat that. They never quit.”
Sophomore Oscar Jones also earned ice time by impressing his teammates and coaches through the recent weeks of practice.
Players of the game went to Crimson Bears Zach Easton and Kaipo Tseu, and Bartlett goalie Malakeye Felix.
Felix played his first season of hockey last year and, at the time, could barely stand on skates, but improved enough to help Bartlett record their first Cook Inlet Conference win since 2005 when the Golden Bears beat East 5-4 in November.
JDHS and Bartlett meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Treadwell ice.