The Colony High School hockey team left Treadwell Arena with a pair of 8-1 victories over Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday and Saturday.
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The Knights raced to an 8-0 lead on Saturday before the Crimson Bears' Logan Miller stopped the bleeding with a late third-period goal off assists from Nolin Ainsworth and Nick Mow.
Colony outshot JDHS 42-11 in the win. On the series, Colony had 96 shots to Juneau-Douglas' 24.
For Colony, captain Blake Huppert had two goals and four assists while Risto Paatsama added two goals and two assists. The Knights also had three power-play goals in the win.
Juneau-Douglas (5-5) received solid showings from its freshmen goaltenders Garrett Cheeseman and Matt Noreen. Cheeseman had 23 saves off 26 shots in relief of Noreen, who blocked 11 of 16 shots.
On Friday, Colony showcased its superior speed and skating ability in its 8-1 victory over Juneau-Douglas.
The Knights outshot the Crimson Bears 54-13 and scored seven unanswered goals in the second and third periods to slay the Bears. Despite peppering JDHS goaltender Sam Post with shots, the game remained close until the midway point of the second period.
"Their goalie was awesome," Huppert said. "He was playing well and we figured out we had to move him. We started passing more and got the wide-open shots."
Juneau played disciplined defensive hockey throughout the game, but the Knights' overall skating ability proved too much to overcome.
"We had some simple goals for the night and I thought we kept to them in the first period," JDHS coach Dave McKenna said. "I thought our guys played a real good game. We had a few lapses in the third period and obviously Colony has some firepower. When they have (54) shots, you can't expect to keep too many out of the net."
With two weeks to prepare for the Class 4A opponent, Juneau-Douglas played with discipline in the first period. By maintaining their positions and forcing Colony to the outside, JDHS didn't allow the Knights any quality shots until the end of the period.
Colony took a 1-0 lead with 15 seconds left in the first period when Huppert scored his first of three goals. Huppert was the recipient of a perfect pass from Paatsama on a two-on-one breakaway which started with a JDHS turnover in Colony's zone.
Rather than getting depressed, however, the Bears got even.
Mow knotted the game at 1-1 just 1:34 into the second period when his shot fooled Colony's goaltender.
"We were just on a strong forecheck and John Carlson got it to me," Mow said. "I didn't really look and just shot it and it trickled in. That was a momentum-taker."
Momentum appeared to stay with Juneau-Douglas as it went on its first power play of the game.
Colony, however, took over as Huppert scored a shorthanded goal on a sharp angle.
Chris Sawyer and Dominick Frank added goals in the second period as Colony took control.
"We talked about moving guys through the slot more because a lot of rebounds were being left there," Colony coach Dale Mattson said. "We were trying to get the goalie to move because he was really good on stopping the initial shot but if we could get him to move we could get that second shot in. We started doing that as the game progressed."
Four more Colony goals sealed Juneau's fate.
Despite giving up eight goals, Post played an outstanding game. The senior made 46 saves in defeat.
Juneau-Douglas first-year coach Dave McKenna said he was pleased with his team's effort.
"I think it was a good learning experience," he said Friday. "When we play with discipline, we can hang with a team like that. We need to find a way to generate more scoring power. I'm really happy with the effort today."
Colony 8, Juneau-Douglas 1
JDHS 0 1 0 - 1
Colony 1 3 4 - 8
First period - 1, Colony, Huppert (Paatsama), :15. No penalties.
Second period - 2, JDHS, Mow (J. Carlson), 14:24. 3, Colony, Huppert (Carter), 11:08 (sh). 4, Colony, Sawyer (Thygeson), 4:45 (pp). 5, Colony, Frank (unasssited), :44. Penalties - Colony, Weeks (tripping) 12:49. JDHS, Wood (roughing) 6:39.
Third period - 6, Colony, Huppert (Sawyer, Weeks), 15:23. 7, Colony, Breck (Huppert, Weeks), 12:50. 8, Colony, Sawyer (unassisted), 1:54 (pp). 9, Colony, Breck (Huppert), 1:45. Penalties - Colony, Paatsama (misconduct - equipment), 16:00; Colony, Weeks (holiding), 12:20; Colony, Weeks (high sticking), 8:11; JDHS, Eames (tripping), 2:41.
Shots on Goal - JDHS 5-4-4-13. Colony 20-18-16-54.
Power-play opportunities - JDHS 0 of 4; Colony 2 of 2.
Goalies - JDHS, Post 19-15-12 (54 shots-46 saves). Colony, 5-3-4 (13 shots-12 saves).
Colony 8, Juneau-Douglas 1
JDHS 0 0 1 - 1
Colony 4 2 2 - 8
First period - 1, Colony, Paatsama (Breck), 15:40; 2, Colony, Weeks (Breck, Paatsama), 5:25 (pp); 3, Colony, Paatsama (Huppert), :53 (pp); 4, Colony, Huppert (Paatsama), :12. Penalties - Colony, Huppert (misconduct - checking from behind), 15:00; JDHS, Good (tripping), 11:51; JDHS, Eames (roughing), 10:46; Colony, Sawyer (roughing), 10:46; JDHS, Eames (tripping), 8:18; JDHS, Mow (roughing), 5:47; JDHS, Miller (roughing), 4:48; JDHS, Wood (holding), 1:31.
Second period - 5, Colony, Breck (Huppert), 12:18; 6, Colony, Breck (Huppert, Weeks), 8:00 (pp). Penalties - Colony, Paatsama (slashing), 11:33; JDHS, Budbill (tripping), 8:10; Colony, Paatsama (interference), 6:51; JDHS, Rutecki (tripping), 5:18; Colony, Sawyer (cross checking), 3:43; Colony, Krey (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:15; JDHS, Svensson (tripping), :20.
Third period - 7, Colony, Frank (Huppert), 7:39 (pp); 8, Colony, Huppert (Frank), 7:12; 9, JDHS, Miller (N. Ainsworth, Mow), 1:06. Penalties - JDHS, Eames (roughing), 9:18; Colony, Krey (tripping), 8:26; Colony, Sawyer (charging), 6:23; Colony, Huppert (tripping), 5:32, JDHS, Held (interference), :48; Colony, Paatsama (interference), :48.
Shots on goal - JDHS 1-3-7-11. Colony 11-11-20-42.
Power-play opportunities - JDHS 0 of 8; Colony 3 of 9.
Goalies - JDHS, Noreen 7-4 (16 shots-11 saves), Cheeseman 5-18 (26 shots-23 saves). Colony, Murak 1-3-6 (11 shots-10 saves).
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