The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team failed to secure a weekend sweep of Tok High School on Saturday at Treadwell Arena. The Crimson Bears (6-6) won 7-1 on Friday but fell 4-3 on Saturday.
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That doesn't mean Saturday's game was a deflating defeat, however. Actually, according to the JDHS coaches, Saturday's game was better than Friday's for the Bears.
"In the long-term process, this game will pay more dividends then the last game," JDHS assistant coach Luke Adams said Saturday. "We played a much better hockey game today. We had some guys who like to be the star be the ones who set up people."
Tok, who brought just nine players, played their system to near perfection on Saturday.
The Wolverines, who already claim a win over Class 4A Homer, sprung its center A.J. Moore for four goals in the game. Tok's defense would stay at home while Moore bolted to center ice. Moore would then receive the puck and try to beat the defense with his speed.
His first two goals, both in the first period, were products of solid passing and Moore's ability to know when to break out of the zone and split Juneau's defense.
"We've been skating since we were all kindergartners with a nine-man team," Moore said. "We're used to ironman hockey. That's how we play."
Down 4-3 in the third period, Juneau-Douglas tried to figure Tok and its goaltender, Jake Kendall.
The Bears outshot the Wolverines 12-6 in the final 16 minutes but couldn't get one through. Tok killed off Juneau's two-man advantage in the period as well.
"Tok definitely played better," Adams said. "They were more rested and I knew they'd come out stronger. Also, we came down on them today that we didn't want to focus on the individual game. I told everyone I don't want individual efforts."
Juneau-Douglas played a very disciplined game for most of the contest.
Down 2-1 after the first period, the Crimson Bears' hard work paid off with Albert Svensson's goal off passes from Nick Rutecki and Zane Chapman.
Moore, however, scored two second-period goals to put Tok up 4-2. Zane Chapman scored with 4:54 left in the period for JDHS to slice Tok's lead to 4-3.
"It's a matter of knowing where (Moore) is, but we made a few mistakes with him where we should've played a more defensive style when he gained control," Adams said.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas scored early and often in a 7-1 win.
The Bears scored three goals in each of the first two periods to take a 6-1 lead.
Logan Miller had two goals and two assists while Nick Mow added two goals and one assist in the win.
Adams said Saturday he was pleased with Friday's effort, but warns that the team must play with more cohesion.
"(Friday) was a great effort by all our boys but when we play Fairbanks or Anchorage, one guy can't go end to end," Adams said.
Nolin Ainsworth had a goal and two assists, Chris Klawonn and Svensson had goals while Jake Eames and Kacy Carlson added assists in the win.
Juneau-Douglas tacked on 36 shots on goal Friday - a 12-shot improvement over entire two-game series versus Colony on Dec. 14-15.
The Crimson Bears next play on Jan. 4-5 when Kenny Lake visits Treadwell Arena for two games.
JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 7, TOK 1
JDHS 3 3 1 - 7
Tok 0 1 0 - 1
First Period - 1, JDHS, Miller (Ainsworth), 7:00. 2, JDHS, Svensson (unassisted), 5:40. 3, JDHS, Klawonn (Miller, Eames), 4:15 (pp). Penalties-Chapman, JDHS (roughing), 12:28; York, Tok (tripping), 4:45.
Second Period - 4, JDHS, Mow (Miller, K. Carlson), 12:25. 5, JDHS, Mow (Ainsworth), 6:03. 6, Tok, Moore (unassisted), 5:55. 7, JDHS, Ainsworth (Mow), 3:43. Penalties-Mow, JDHS (roughing), 3:19; K. Carlson, JDHS (tripping), 1:04.
Third Period - 8, JDHS, MIller (unassisted), 5:06 (pp). Penalties-York, Tok (tripping), 6:03; Carnahan, JDHS (interference), :00.7.
Shots on Goal - Juneau-Douglas 12-15-9-36. Tok 4-5-8-17.
Power-play opportunities-Juneau-Douglas 2 of 2; Tok 0 of 4.
Goalies-Juneau-Douglas, Post 4-4-8 (17 shots, 16 saves). Tok, Kendall 9-12-8 (36 shots, 29 saves).
TOK 4, JUNEAU-DOUGLAS 3
JDHS 1 2 0 - 3
TOK 2 2 0 - 4
First Period - 1, JDHS, Wood (unassisted), 13:57. 2, Tok, Moore (unassisted), 11:04. 3, Tok, Moore (Robinson), 2:09. Penalties-York, Tok (tripping), 13:26; Mayer, JDHS (tripping), 9:43; Hoke, JDHS (high sticking), 7:58; Miller, JDHS (interference), 1:55.
Second Period - 3, Tok, Moore (unassisted), 13:02. 4, JDHS, Svensson (Rutecki, Chapman), 11:24. 5, Tok, Moore (Coulman), 11:50. 6, JDHS, Chapman (Eames), 4:54. Penalties-Verrelli, JDHS (interference), 11:04.
Third Period - None. Penalties-Eames, JDHS (boarding), 14:48; York, Tok (tripping), 12:14; York, Tok (misconduct), 12:14; Couleman, Tok (holding), 11:25.
Shots on Goal - Juneau-Douglas 6-18-12-36. Tok 7-9-6-24.
Power-play opportunities-Juneau-Douglas 0 of 4; Tok 0 of 5.
Goalies-Juneau-Douglas, Cheeseman 5-7-6 (24 shots, 18 saves). Tok, Kendall 5-16-12 (36 shots, 33 saves).
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