Homer hockey faces Juneau

The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears sent Homer’s goaltender to the locker room early, scoring four goals in the first period and skating away with their second win in as many days over the Mariners on Saturday at Treadwell Arena in nonconference action.

Senior Zach Easton scored at 6 minutes, 20 seconds, of the first period from a tough angle at the right side of the Homer net. The assist went to seniors Ethan Seid and Josh Lahnum.

Homer’s Owen Delehanty was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding the Crimson Bears’ Michael Dale at the 5:48 mark and JDHS used the man advantage to score three power-play goals within a two-minute span.

Sophomore Zach Hebert hit at 4:43, assisted by juniors Cole Cheeseman and Grant Ainsworth; Cheeseman at 3:39, assisted by junior Logan Moser; and Easton at 3:10, assisted by Seid and Lahnum.

Homer’s Delehanty found the net with 1:06 left in the second period (assists Anton Kuzmin and Garret Butcher).

JDHS’ Liam McDermott stopped 23 shots. Homer’s Riley Swanson stopped seven and Markian Polushkin 11.

On Friday, the Crimson Bears played with energy and emotion, outskating a talented Homer roster 4-1.

“Both teams are played with a lot of emotion today,” Juneau-Douglas coach Luke Adams said. “This is a big rivalry for us. Our kids are playing with that emotion. And there are highs and lows with that emotion. What they have to do is find that balance.”

Zach Hebert scored at 6:55 of the first period (assists Logan Moser, Cole Cheeseman), Cheeseman scored at 6:26 of the second (assists Hebert, Moser) and Hebert tallied again at 11:40 of the third (assists Zach Easton, Grant Ainsworth).

The Mariners’ Tommy Bowe scored at 10:23 of the third (assist Butcher).

JDHS’ Josh Lahnum closed out the scoring at 3:48 (assists Ethan Seid, Chase Barnum).

The Crimson Bears put 33 shots against Mariners’ goalie Polushkin while JDHS’ Neal Chapman turned aside 20 shots.

“We have to get a lot of shots on net,” Adams said. “That is kind of our motto. We have to weather the penalty kills and use that momentum to get some shots on goal right away.”

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