JDHS splits with Kenny Lake

Bears win 5-0 Friday then lose 5-3 on Saturday

Posted: Sunday, January 06, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team found out what could happen if it starts a game too slowly on Saturday at Treadwell Arena.

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Kenny Lake scored four goals in the first 9 minutes, 17 seconds against the slow-starting Crimson Bears en route to a 5-3 win. Juneau-Douglas improved in the following two periods, but couldn't climb out of the deep first-period hole.

The Hawks' first win of the season sealed a series split after Juneau's thorough 5-0 victory Friday.

"I think it shows our maturity as a team," JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. "The maturity comment means after we have a win, we don't have the maturity to come back out with full intensity. We think we can show up, hop on the ice and light the numbers on the scoreboard. It doesn't work that way for us.

"It was a good match-up with Kenny Lake, and they showed they're the ones that wanted the game tonight, and that's the big difference. They deserved it."

The Hawks (1-13-1) wasted little time jumping on JDHS Saturday as center Garrett Rosenkrans scored a natural hat trick - three goals in a row - in a span of 8:31 to put the Hawks up 3-0 early.

His first goal came just 59 seconds into the game.

"It was awesome," Rosenkrans said. "What was even cooler was we had some kids who haven't scored yet on our team get some goals."

Hawks captain Chris Van Whye added a fourth goal to give Kenny Lake a 4-0 lead after the first period.

"I think we were all just ready to go," Rosenkrans said. "We haven't had a very good season so far, and I think everyone was ready to finish up, start the new year and have a win."

Josh Mayer cut Kenny Lake's advantage to 4-1 early in the second period, but Elon Roe's first goal of the year gave the Hawks a 5-1 lead after two periods.

Juneau-Douglas played its best in the third period by improving its forechecking. The Crimson Bears started beating Kenny Lake to pucks in the corners and used some smart passing to get back in the game.

Robin Woodby's goal off Cole Carnahan's pass cut gave Juneau its second goal.

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"I think it was the second goal that did it - once that happened we were pumped and ready to go again," JDHS freshman Eric Verrelli said. "Josh's goal is what got me pumped up. The coach is good too. He knows what to say and when to say it."

Trevor Held then made the score 5-3 with 5:39 left when he found open ice in the slot and fired a wristshot past goaltender David Helkenn.

JDHS (7-7) battled the rest of the way, but Kenny Lake would not be denied its first taste of victory.

"It's the happiest my group's been all year," Kenny Lake coach Bob Jones said.

On Friday, Juneau-Douglas held Kenny Lake to just eight shots on goal en route to a 5-0 victory.

Freshman goaltender Matt Noreen earned the Bears' third shutout win of the year.

Albert Svensson had two goals and an assist to pace JDHS while Verrelli had a goal and two assists in the win.

"We were dominating the neutral zone," Verrelli said of Friday's win. "That's the key to the game, dominating the neutral zone. That's what we did right in the first period."

JDHS went up 1-0 in the first period on Svensson's first goal. Held scored in the second period while Verrelli, Svensson and Nick Mow added third-period insurance goals.

The Crimson Bears also went 2-for-2 on the power play.

"Friday night, and all weekend long, we had a group of mainly freshmen that led the way," McKenna said. "They tried the things throughout the course of the game we worked on in practice, and it worked for them. Each period they got a little more comfortable and did a better job. They're a good group of kids who are willing to work hard."

Juneau-Douglas will host Su Valley on Jan. 11-12 before closing out the home portion of its schedule Jan. 18-19 against Homer.



JDHS 1 1 3 - 5

KLHS 0 0 0 - 0

First period - 1, JDHS, Svensson (Verrelli, Held), 11:18. Penalties - Eames, JDHS (Tripping), 6:16.

Second period - 2, JDHS, Held (Verrelli, Svensson), 4:47 (pp). Penalties - C. Helkenn, Kenny Lake (hooking), 5:43.

Third period - 3, JDHS, Verrelli (Svensson), 10:58 (pp). 4, JDHS, Svensson (Rutecki), 8:46. 5, JDHS, Mow (unassisted), 7:54. Penalties - Jones, Kenny Lake (tripping), 11:20. Svensson, JDHS (elbowing), 7:15.

Shots on Goal - Juneau-Douglas 8-16-10 - 34. Kenny Lake 4-1-3 - 8.

Power-play opportunities - Juneau-Douglas 2 of 2; Kenny Lake 0 of 2.

Goalies - JDHS, Noreen 4-1-3 (8 shots-8 saves). Kenny Lake, D. Helkenn 7-15-7 (34 shots-29 saves).



JDHS 0 1 2 - 3

KLHS 4 1 0 - 5

First period - 1, Kenny Lake, Rosenkrans (Van Wyhe), 14:01. 2, Kenny Lake, Rosenkrans (Cudo, Van Wyhe), 7:29. 3, Kenny Lake, Rosenkrans (unassisted), 6:29. 4, Kenny Lake, Van Wyhe (unassisted). Penalties - Mow, JDHS (leg check), 2:44.

Second period - 5, JDHS, Mayer (Woodby), 10:39. 6, Kenny Lake, Roe (Betts), 4:56. Penalties - None.

Third Period - 7, JDHS, Woodby (Carnahan), 12:05. 8, JDHS, Held (Hoke, Carnahan), 6:39.

Shots on Goal - Juneau-Douglas 7-5-17 - 29. Kenny Lake 10-7-4 - 21.

Power-play opportunities - Juneau-Douglas 0 of 0; Kenny Lake 0 of 1.

Goalies - JDHS, Cheeseman 3 (7 shots-3 saves), Noreen 2-6-4 (14 shots-13 saves). Kenny Lake, D. Helkenn 7-4-15 (29 shots-26 saves).

• Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at sports@juneauempire.com or 523-2228.

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