The Juneau-Douglas High School ice hockey team won its first period on Saturday but has yet to win its first game.
Andrew Ainsworth had two goals and two assists in the third period for the Bears in an 11-4 loss to Delta Junction on Saturday. JDHS (0-4) outscored the Huskies (5-6) by a 4-3 margin on Saturday, winning its first period of the year.
JDHS lost the series-opener 11-3 on Friday.
"That third period is the first time we generated consistent offense," JDHS coach Steve Foster said. "We actually won that period and that's a first for us. Walking away with an 11-4 loss, the positive is that we won our first period."
Delta Junction opened Saturday's contest by racing to a 3-0 lead. The Huskies extended their lead to 8-0 after two periods with five more goals.
Juneau's offense responded in the final 17 minutes, however, with four goals.
Albert Svensson and Trevor Lyden added goals for the Bears while Riley Hall, T.J. Preston and Kacy Carlson added assists.
Delta Junction out-shot the Bears 45-31 in the win. Alex Vick made 32 saves in the second and third periods for Juneau-Douglas.
The Bears started to show improvement on Friday in their 11-3 loss to Delta Junction.
Juneau-Douglas matched its season's goal total but were left still searching for its first win.
The Huskies scored four goals in a stretch of 5:40 in the second period to win 11-3.
"We actually reversed a trend here," Foster said on Friday. "Instead of going down each period, in this game they got better as each period went by. It's very heartening for me."
Trailing 4-1 after the first period, Juneau-Douglas played stride-for-stride defensively with the Huskies.
Juneau started to keep the puck in Delta Junction's zone in the first 10 minutes, but the Huskies exploded for four goals in the period's final seven minutes.
Lowen Ewing scored two of his four goals in the second period while Garrett Smith and Alan Waldo added scores to make the score 8-1. Waldo led the Huskies with five goals.
During the four-goal stretch, Delta Junction scored two goals off of rebounds and netted the other two off long passes to players with wide open ice ahead of them.
"They were just beating us to the puck a lot," Svensson said. "They're just going hard to the puck and we just weren't and they have really good shooters."
Waldo scored again 1:25 into the third period to pad the Huskies' advantage to 9-1.
Despite being down eight goals, JDHS responded by playing spirited hockey in the final 17 minutes.
Hall scored his third goal of the season off assists from Dane Haralmert and Ainsworth with 12:11 remaining in regulation.
The Crimson Bears kept the pressure on before freshman Nolin Ainsworth scored off a rebound. Josh Mayer gathered the puck at center ice and rushed uncontested to the net. Huskies goaltender Jesse Bynum blocked Mayer's initial shot, but the freshman was there to tally his first high school goal.
The rebound goal proved especially encouraging for the Bears after emphasizing scoring in front of the net in practice prior to the game.
"We were just working more as a team," Mayer said of Juneau's third period. "We were feeling it."
Andrew Ainsworth led the Bears offensively Friday with a goal and an assist while Colton Good contributed an assist in the loss.
Juneau goaltender Kelsey Preston made 31 saves as Delta Junction out-shot the Bears 42-15.
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