The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team picked up wins over 3A opponents Tri-Valley and Glennallen Friday and Saturday, respectively, to take the championship at Homer's End of the Road tournament with a 4-0 record and bump their season mark to 5-1.
The Crimson Bears doubled up Tri-Valley 4-2 in Friday's semifinal thanks to outstanding offensive play from Swiss exchange student Andreas Keller and Nick Mow.
Keller kicked off the scoring early in the first with an assist from Mow. The roles then reversed as Keller fed Mow minutes later to build a 2-0 lead. John Kenyon also picked up a helper on the second goal. Mow picked up another assist from Keller near the end of the period, as Juneau-Douglas jumped out to a comfy 3-0 lead.
Trevor Held wrapped up the JDHS scoring with an unassisted slapper midway through the second. Tri Valley players fought their way to a pair of goals in the third, but were unable to climb out of the hole they dug early.
Sophomore goalie Garrett Cheesman picked up 21 saves in front of the net.
Saturday's title tilt was a much closer contest as the Bears slipped past Glennallen with a 4-3 victory.
The smaller school kept the game physical from the start, but JDHS jumped out to a 1-0 lead midway through the first when Albert Svensson found the net off assists from Trevor Held and John Carlson. Glennallen kept the pressure up, though, and knotted the score with just 40 seconds left in the first.
The Panthers kept the momentum in the second, as they jumped out to a quick lead of their own. Chris Budbill finally answered for Juneau-Douglas near the end of the stanza as Held picked up another assist and Chris Klawonn joined with a helper.
The tie, and physical play, continued into the third when Mow picked up his second goal midway through off assists from Nolin Ainsworth and Klawonn. Glennallen responded yet again late, and the game appeared to be headed into overtime. The Bears made a last-second rush to the net pay, though, as Ainsworth hit Mow with a cross-ice pass and Mow centered the puck to a streaking Keller who found net with just seven-tenths of a second on the clock for the 4-3 win.
JDHS outshot Glennallen 37-20 in the game, as Cheesman picked up 17 saves.
The Crimson Bears return to Treadwell Arena next weekend as they host the Susitna Valley Rams on Friday and Saturday nights.
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