Bears win seventh in a row Friday

Posted: Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Crimson Bears hockey team continued to roll after their 6-2 victory Friday night over the Bartlett Golden Bears at Treadwell Arena.

The win was the Bears' (8-8, 2-4) seventh consecutive victory heading into their final two Mid-Alaska Conference games against West Valley.

After going down 1-0 midway through the first period, Juneau-Douglas got goals from Nick Rutecki, Zane Chapman and Bill Holbrook during a three-minute span to close out the opening frame. They weren't threatened after that.

Head coach Dave McKenna said he was happy with the way the team played Friday night.

"It was a good game in some sense. First period was pretty good, then the second period got bogged down with penalties and what not, so it lost its flow once again. It's been happening a lot," he said. "Then the third period was a little bit better. All in all, not too bad."

As for the trend of penalties bogging down the game for the Crimson Bears, McKenna said it is something they just have to deal with.

"Every game is different and it just takes a consistent effort to not be distracted by it," he said. "Some nights it's easier than others, but it does happen on occasion, that's for sure."

Christopher Budbill and Nick Mow added goals late in the second period and early in the third, while Chapman tacked on his second goal of the game with five minutes left in the final period on his way to first star of the game honors.

Chapman said he was happy with his team's inspired play, even in the midst of some extracurricular on-ice activity during the last period when the game had all but been decided. In one instance, a Bartlett player raised his middle finger in the direction of the JDHS student section after a collision against the boards between he and another Bears player.

"Kids get emotional out there, and then a lot of stuff started going wrong with back talking and trash talking," he said. "We managed to keep our cool for the most part, until the end."

After the final buzzer sounded, a Bartlett player connected on a late hit on one Bears player, which incited a shoving match that was immediately broken up.

"Other than that, I think we played pretty good and kept our heads up," he said.

Being one of the team captains, Chapman said part of his duties involve keeping his teammates in check.

"As a captain and upper-classman, you have to talk to them and make sure they don't do something stupid," he said. "This isn't the NHL, you can't get in fights. If you fight, you're done for the season. If you see them do something, you just go talk to them and make sure they don't go out there and punch a guy in the face."

•Matthew Tynan can be reached at ph. # 523-2267 or by e-mail at matthew.tynan@juneauempire.com.



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