The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team’s seniors played their final home games against the Monroe Catholic Rams Friday and Saturday night at Treadwell arena. “The four years went by so fast,” Senior Zach Easton said of playing his last home games. “I never thought it was going to end, but now it has. Tt’s kind of sad actually.”
On Friday night the Crimson Bears established a fast tempo and physical play early in the game to take control and score first. Easton delivered the first goal at the 8:10 mark of the first period with assists by classmate Josh Lahnum and Ryan Moritz. The Bears continued to pound the Rams Goalie Nathaniel Ambrose with 19 shots in the first period. Easton connected on his second goal of the night just 1:16 into the second period with an assist by captain Grant Ainsworth. Logan Moser finished the scoring off with a goal at the 11:58 mark of the final period (Cole Cheesman, Zach Easton).
Juneau-Douglas’ senior goaltender Liam McDermott capped off his Crimson Bears’ career with an 8-save shutout.
Monroe’s Nathaniel Ambrose recorded 32 saves out of 35 shots to earn the 3rd star of the game.
The Crimson Bears’ Chase Barnum earned the 2nd star while Easton was awarded the 1st star of the game.
Penalties: JDHS — Josh Lahnum (checking from behind, trip), Shane Moller (trip), Michael Dale (high stick). Monroe Catholic — Michael Colley (trip), Dylan Steele (roughing)
Saturday night was the senior recognition game for the Bears, which saw 6 out of 7 seniors in the starting lineup.
Senior Zach Easton continued his hot streak of late with a wrist-shot goal at the 13:04 mark of the first period with assists by fellow seniors Josh Lahnum and Ethan Seid. Sophomore Chase Barnum connected on a wrap around shorthanded goal at the 5:21 mark of the same period to extend the lead to two. The Crimson Bears continued to get quality scoring opportunities into the 2nd period, but Monroe held tough. Until sophomore Kate Metcalf scored a put back goal in front of the net with an assist by senior Logan Coleman. Juneau-Douglas got into some trouble when Shane Moller was whistled for a 5-minute major and 10-minute misconduct penalty for checking from behind. The Rams converted on the power play opportunity with a goal scored by Dylan Steele to got Monroe on the board
Monroe showed some resiliency late to climb back in it and tie the game at 3 with 7:30 left in the 3rd period. But the Bears showed some fight of their own late in 3rd period, with Junior Michael Dale scoring to break the tie with a minute left in the game. Josh Lahnum scored to ice the game with 30 seconds remaining.
The Crimson Bears next play the West Valley Wolf pack in the conference playoffs in Fairbanks.