Juneau-Douglas hockey splits games with Tri-Valley

Bears win 1-0 Saturday but have a tough weekend

Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School varsity hockey team won 1-0 on Saturday night in a game against Tri-Valley. But none of the team members or coaches seemed very satisfied with the victory, due to what they deemed an underachieving performance during the two games that led to a 5-3 loss on Friday night.

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"Well the win feels good, I guess. ... But it was a tough weekend for us," Coach Dave McKenna said of his team's performance. "We showed up completely flat on Friday. ... I'm a little disappointed on the weekend, I think we can put on a better show."

During Friday's game, Juneau had a 1-0 lead going into the second period off of a goal from Junior Albert Svenson with just 1:46 left in the first period. Tri-Valley stormed back in the second period with strong play from Kaz Cizmowski who scored twice in the period.

During the start of the third period, it seemed as if Juneau was going to turn things around as the players put the pressure on Tri-Valley with some vicious checks from Eric Verrelli. Sophomore Nick Mow scored off of an assist from Svenson with 11:46 left in the third period to tie the score 2-2.

Tri-Valley answered quickly with another score from Cizmowski at 10:28, but Juneau answered even quicker as Svenson scored again, unassisted, making the score 3-3 at 10:06 in the period.

Tri-Valley would not be denied though, as Bering Halloran scored twice at 5:09 and 1:02 in the third period, leaving the score 5-3 at the end of regulation

Although Juneau players didn't live up to their own standards during the two games, their physical play during the weekend must be noted. The Crimson Bears came out hitting on Saturday night with a vengeful ferocity that the Tri-Valley Warriors could not handle as the Juneau crowd praised every bone-jarring check.

Even with the aggressive play from Juneau, the score was 0-0 going into the third period. The physicality would eventually prove fruitful, as Svenson scored at 11:02 in the third off of an assist from Mow, the only score of the game. Svenson said of the weekend, "I believe we wanted it more tonight and it happened to come our way. It was a good wake-up call."

Saturday's 1-0 win was highlighted by the outstanding performance in net from freshman goaltender, Matthew Noreen, who had 25 saves during Juneau's 1-0 shutout, very impressive numbers when you consider that Juneau was out-shot 12-25 on the night. A humble Noreen brushed off his spectacular display in the net, as he stated, "everybody's got good days and bad days, and this was my good day."

A major reason for Juneau's lack of gleefulness after the victory is largely related to next weekend's match-up with Division 4A opponent, Colony High School. McKenna said, "I think we showed this weekend that this team can't just show up. ... We got better tonight, but we still have a long ways to go ... We're playing a strong team in Colony next weekend and we have our work cut out for us."

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