The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team picked up a big win and plenty of confidence with a 9-0 shellacking of visiting 3A Tok Friday night. Unfortunately, Saturday was a whole new game.
A pair of penalties in the final minutes of regulation Saturday night put the Crimson Bears at a 3-5 disadvantage on the ice in overtime, and Tok was able to capitalize within the first minute of the extra period to win 4-3.
"Tok had a much better game tonight and their goaltending was excellent," JDHS head coach Dave McKenna said. "We came out overly confident and flat after that good game. A big win can be tough to come back from and we needed to."
McKenna called the late penalties "unnecessary" and "undisciplined." Worst of all, he said, they came from some of the team's experienced leaders.
Tok was able to maintain a lead for most of the contest, responding to each Juneau-Douglas goal with a score of their own. The Bears entered the third period down 3-2 yet again, but managed to knot up the score midway through the third for the extra period. Unfortunately, the penalties cost them late.
"Tok has a lot of heart and we just didn't get the defensive effort we needed," McKenna said.
Friday night's 9-0 win was a different story, as McKenna gave a line of underclassmen plenty of work and was rewarded with the team's best offensive production of the year. The line, consisting of freshmen Zander Hoke and Bill Holbrook, along with sophomore Trever Held, were able to keep the puck moving and impress their coach with unselfish passing.
"They did everything we talked about earlier in the week," McKenna said. "They really found each other quickly with the puck and they were thinking about making good passes while they were on the ice."
After Saturday's loss, McKenna said his team will be focusing on combining more big offensive nights with a consistent defensive effort.
"Defense is mainly hard work and discipline, and I expect a lot more of that from our more experienced player s," he added. "We'll be going back to basics, I guess."
The Crimson Bears will be off next weekend on Christmas break, but may have a tentatively scheduled contest against a team of JDHS alumni and coaches on Jan. 2.