The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team showed its resiliency on Saturday with a 5-0 victory over Susitna Valley at Treadwell Arena.
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Saturday's win came off a disappointing 8-1 rout to the Rams the night before.
"They came ready to play hockey today," JDHS coach Steve Foster said. "You saw the difference in the first three minutes of the first period. They were ready to play hockey. ... They were my team tonight. That was the guys we had in previous games."
Juneau-Douglas wasted no time trying to avenge Friday's loss.
Foster played his top two lines throughout the first period in an effort to jump-start his team. The move paid dividends almost immediately as Juneau scored three times in the first eight minutes of the period. JDHS eventually took a 4-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
Albert Svensson and Kacy Carlson scored in the first period, Trevor Lyden had a power-play goal and Evan Wood added a short-handed tally for the Crimson Bears (7-5).
All four goals exemplified Juneau's hustle as each one came either off a rebound or by one of the players charging the net for a shot.
Juneau's defense did its part with inspired play and a brilliant performance from goaltender Sam Post. The freshman made 11 saves for the Bears' second shutout this season.
"That's probably harder because you have to keep your mind in the game," Post said of the lack of shots he faced. "When they're not in possession, they get the breakaway once in a while and it's hard to keep your head in it."
Su Valley played much better in the second and third periods, but failed to crack through Juneau's defenses.
"The last two periods were great," Su Valley coach Jack MacDonald said. "The first period got away from us a little bit. We came into their barn and beat them 8-1 (Friday) so they had a lot to play for tonight. I'm proud of my team. At 4-0, it would've been easy to roll over but they didn't."
The Rams (5-5) received an outstanding game from goaltender Matt Farina, who stopped 45 of the 50 shots he faced.
"I think what happened today was we played the game Juneau played yesterday and Juneau played the game we did yesterday," Su Valley wing Jake Hartley said. "You have to give it to our goalie. He saved us both days."
Saturday's performance by Juneau was in stark contrast to Friday when Su Valley rolled to an 8-1 win.
The Rams scored three goals in the first and second periods and two more in the third. The visitors did most of their damage in transition, scooping up loose pucks and converting breakaway opportunities.
"They played better hockey," Foster said Friday. "They've been coached. They've been trained. They've got good stuff going on and we just weren't up to them this game."
Following a two-week layoff, the Crimson Bears looked sluggish against the Rams. JDHS racked up 37 shots on goal, but many of them were long slapshots Farina calmly gobbled up or kicked aside.
After a tight opening 10 minutes, Su Valley struck for three goals in 2:45 for a 3-0 lead. The Rams' Hartley pushed the score to 5-0 with two goals in the second before Logan Miller provided Juneau's lone goal off Colton Good's assist with 3:48 left in the period.
Before JDHS could build any momentum, however, Courtney LaVallee scored with 23 seconds left to put Su Valley back ahead 6-1.
Friday's game ended on a scary note as Su Valley's Mac Stevens, who had a hat trick in the win, was taken off the ice by Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel after he fell awkwardly along the boards as time expired. According to MacDonald, Stevens suffered a concussion and was released from Bartlett Regional Hospital later that evening.
Juneau-Douglas next travels to Fairbanks for four games. The Crimson Bears battle Tri-Valley on Jan. 3, Hutchison on Jan. 4 and 6 and North Pole on Jan. 5.
JDHS 5, Su Valley 0
SV 0 0 0 - 0
JDHS 4 0 1 - 5
First period - JD, Svensson (unassisted), 10:22; JD, K. Carlson (A. Ainsworth), 8:45; JD, Wood (unassisted), SHG, 7:24; JD, Lyden (A. Ainsworth), PPG, 3:13.
Second period - None.
Third period - JD, Wood (Hickok), 12:25.
Shots on goal - Juneau-Douglas 20-19-11-50; Su Valley 8-1-2-11.
Power-play opportunities - Juneau-Douglas 1-4; Su Valley 0-7.
Goalies - Juneau-Douglas, Post 8-1-2 (11 shots-11 saves); Su Valley, Farina 16-19-10 (50 shots-45 saves).
Su Valley 8, JDHS 1
SV 3 3 2 - 8
JDHS 0 1 0 - 1
First period - SV, LaVallee (unassisted), 4:30; SV, Stevens (Reynolds), 4:16; SV, Stevens (Foster), 1:45. Second period - SV, Hartley (unassisted), 12:27; SV, Hartley (LaVallee), 8:06; JD, Miller (Good), 3:48; LaVallee (Hartley), :23. Third period - SV, LaVallee (Mannix), SHG, 12:23; SV, Stevens (Casagrande), 2:56. Shots on goal - Juneau-Douglas 9-16-15-37; Su Valley 9-10-9-28. Power-play opportunities - Juneau-Douglas 0-3; Su Valley 0-4. Goalies - Juneau-Douglas, Vick 6-7 (19 shots-13 saves), Preston 7 (9 shots-7 saves); Su Valley, Farina 9-15-12 (37 shots-36 saves).
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