Albert Svensson, Ian Nankervis and Nolin Ainsworth each recorded a goal and an assist and Kelsey Preston denied all 39 shots she faced in leading visiting Juneau-Douglas to a 6-0 victory over Nikiski at the Kenai Multipurpose Facility Wednesday night.
The Bears struck early when Svensson and Nate Hickok netted goals only 35 seconds apart, giving Juneau a 2-0 advantage with 11:07 to play in the opening period. It would remain that way through the second period despite Juneau having numerous scoring opportunities. Nikiski goalie Sam Zulkanycz played the first two periods, stopping 25 of 27 shots.
But Juneau added goals only 20 seconds apart about five minutes into the third when Josh Mayer and Nankervis slipped it past Tyler Bethune, making it 4-0. Ainsworth and Evan Wood later netted goals with under three minutes to play to finish off the Bulldogs (0-3).
“The second period was our best period,” said Nikiski coach Irv Smith. “(We) kind of had a let down in the first. (We) didn’t come out with any enthusiasm and the same way in the third period. We played a good first half of the third period.”
Nikiski had its fair share of chances also, but couldn’t seem to find the back of the net.
Defenseman Matt O’Brien had several slap shots that were either saved or sailed briskly past the net. The Bulldogs best opportunity, however, came two minutes into the final frame when Matt Hanley stole the puck at the Bears’ blue line and skated in alone but shot it right at Preston.
“She did a good job in the goal,” Smith said of Preston.
With under five minutes to play, Nikiski kept the pressure around the Bears’ goal but Preston stoned them every time.
“I think had we got one in the net there when it was 2-0, it would have been a lot closer game.”
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