This weekend at Treadwell Arena, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team will try to beat Delta Junction for the first time in program history.
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The Crimson Bears (9-9) will face the Huskies (5-9-1) at 8 p.m. tonight and 7 p.m. Saturday at Treadwell Arena.
JDHS will look to avenge a Nov. 10 loss to the Huskies. Delta Junction (5-9-1) beat the Crimson Bears 5-3 in Homer after racing to a 4-1 first-period lead. Last year, Delta routed JDHS twice by a combined score of 22-7.
Delta sits in fifth place in the Class 2A/3A Greatland Conference and is battling for a spot in the playoffs.
If Juneau wants to reverse its fortunes against the Huskies, the Bears must start getting more shots on net.
Discounting two forfeit wins against Kenny Lake, Juneau is 7-2 when scoring five or more goals. Conversely, the Bears are 0-7 when they score four goals or less.
After winning just two games last year in its inaugural season, Juneau-Douglas has vastly improved this season. JDHS has defeated six different teams this season and has shown prowess in the offensive end as well.
Coach Steve Foster's team defeated Nikiski, Tri-Valley, Kenai Central's junior varsity, Susitna Valley and Hutchison this season. The Bears also earned a pair of 1-0 forfeit wins over Kenny Lake this year.
Despite losing 9-1 and 6-1 to Class 4A powerhouse Palmer last weekend, JDHS did a good job maintaining possession of the puck in the Moose's zone. It did this by cycling, or rotating players behind the opposing net.
If the Crimson Bears can translate possession into more shots on goal, they will greatly increase their chances of knocking of Delta for the first time in program history.
Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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