A crew of youngsters helped the Juneau Douglas High School hockey team take a pair of weekend home games from the 3A Su Valley Rams in dominant fashion, improving the team's record to 7-1 and pushing their win streak to 6 games.
The Crimson Bears kicked off the weekend with a 11-0 rout Friday night, and kept the ball rolling Saturday with another shutout, winning 10-0.
"We only dressed one line of varsity (Saturday) and got a lot of younger kids from JV playing time," head coach Dave McKenna said. "We don't appreciate winning by such a wide margin, but that's hard to control in the game. I really appreciate the class of the (Su Valley) kids and coaches. Overall, it was a really clean weekend."
McKenna said he was most impressed with a JV line and a pair of young defensemen who got some of their first competitive action this season - JDHS' first year of carrying a JV squad.
The line that caught the coach's eye was made up of sophomore Zander Hoke along with freshmen Christian Jacobsen and Billy Holbrook.
"They just really executed the things we've been working on all year - little things like moving the puck and taking care of defensive responsibilities," McKenna said. "They showed a lot of maturity."
The defensemen, sophomore Taylor Lenhart and freshman Zach Bicknell, made the coach take notice for similar reasons.
"Those two just showed that they can play at a high level. They're really coachable kids with great work ethics," McKenna added. "I'd say the whole JV group impressed me. I think we played better hockey on Saturday than the varsity did on Friday."
The team will have next weekend off for Thanksgiving, but will continue to practice for a powerhouse Lathrop squad in two weeks.
"We'll take Thursday and Friday off, but we're going to spend a lot of time working on our defense for Lathrop," McKenna said. "We've gotta be able to play man-to-man whenever we can to slow that fast-moving offense down."
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