The North Pole Patriots jumped out to a 5-0 lead and went on to post a 7-2 high school hockey victory over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears on Thursday night at the Polar Ice Center.
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Chris Koenen scored a pair of goals and five other Patriots had a goal apiece in the nonconference win. Matt Sanford kept the puck moving for North Pole and was credited with five assists in the game.
DJ Carnley, Vance Bridgman, Navarone Copley, Thomas Redington and Jeddy Stone added single tallies for North Pole.
Bridgman picked up three assists, while Carnley and Stone had one each.
After North Pole took a 5-0 lead in the second period, Juneau came back with goals by Andrew Ainsworth and Trevor Lyden to cut the deficit to 5-2 before North Pole picked up the final two scores.
Lyden, Albert Svenson and James Gamez tallied assists for Juneau.
North Pole goalies Phoenix Copley and Kalvyn Pugh had nine saves apiece, while the Patriots put 53 shots on net.
The Crimson Bears, suffered a 4-3 loss at Tri-Valley on Thursday night and play against the Hutchison Hawks at 6:45 tonight and Saturday at the Polar Ice Arena.
North Pole returns to action at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in a key Mid Alaska Conference showdown with the Lathrop Malemutes at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.
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