The Crimson Bears capped off the 2006-2007 season with a 7-5 win in front a big, rowdy home crowd of over 300 screaming fans.
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Sophomore Josh Mayer netted two goals in the win, while Nolin Ainsworth and Albert Svensson each contributed a pair of assists. Senior captain James Gamez added a goal as well.
"They were over the top. Screaming and yelling and ringing those bells," said JDHS coach Steve Foster. "My ears were numb from all the ringing out there, and I absolutely love that."
JDHS capitalized during the first period, scoring five goals. Monroe coach Jeff Brooks made a strong statement by playing the period without his goalie due to disciplinary reasons stemming from the previous night.
"They told us beforehand (about the goalie situation) so it wasn't a big surprise, but I hate to see that happen," Foster said. It provided an opportunity to not only take a healthy lead, but to give some valuable playing time to underclassmen for JDHS.
Monroe came back strong in the second period, outscoring JDHS 3-1 to pull within two goals.
Up two goals heading into the final period, the Crimson Bears stayed aggressive and traded goals with Monroe to seal the 7-5 victory.
"You have to keep the pressure on every minute you're out there," said Foster, "In my experience, the minute you tell a team to back off and take it easy - it usually falls apart real fast."
Senior Alex Vick stopped 14 of 18 shots between the pipes, and junior Kelsey Preston stopped 5 of 6 shots during the third period. Senior Ben Otis and freshman Joe Ginley netted two goals apiece for Monroe in the loss.
In Friday night's action, Monroe was the team that came out hot. The Rams scored four goals in the first period and never looked back en route to a 6-1 win. Junior Evan Wood scored the lone goal for JDHS on an assist from freshman forward Logan Miller.
Junior goalie Sam Post stopped 16 of 21 shots. Kelsey Preston was big between the pipes during the third period, stopping 16 of 17 shots.
Monroe senior Ben Otis netted a hat trick with his three goals, and freshman Tyler Holmes chipped in with four assists.
"Kind of a happy and sad moment all at the same time," Foster said of the season's finale. JDHS will graduate six seniors: James Gamez, Alex Vick, TJ Preston, Trevor Lynden, Ian Nankervis, and Nathan Hickok.
Foster is hopeful for the chances of next year's squad.
"I think our juniors are going to step up and take the place of the seniors," he said. "We'll be losing a little bit of size."
The underclassmen will be playing JDIA hockey and lifting weights until next season. Whether they'll be undersized, Foster says, will be up to "mother nature."
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