The Juneau-Douglas High School hockey may have a new coach and new uniforms, but one thing remained the same as the team opened its third season on Friday and Saturday at Treadwell Arena.
The Crimson Bears can still beat Nikiski.
JDHS remained undefeated all-time against the Bulldogs following a 9-1 win Friday and a 5-0 triumph on Saturday.
Crimson Bears freshman goaltender Garett Cheesman turned back all 19 shots he faced in Saturday's win. Nick Mow and Robin Woodby led Juneau-Douglas (2-0) with a goal and two
assists each while Nolin Ainsworth, Colton Good and Jake Eames added goals in the win. Josh Mayer and Trevor Held also chipped in assists for JDHS.
Nikiski goaltender Tyler Bethune made 17 saves in defeat.
After a scoreless first period, Juneau-Douglas struck for two goals in the second period and three more in the third for the win.
On Friday, Juneau-Douglas scored four first-period goals but improved its passing as the game progressed.
"In the second period we started settling down, connecting a little better and at the same time, Nikiski showed a lot of heart and played good, tough hockey out there," JDHS first-year coach Dave McKenna said Friday. "The game improved. We're still rough around the edges but we got better with each period."
With the exception of the first five minutes of the first period and last two minutes of the third period, the Bulldogs hung pretty tight with JDHS. Nikiski, featuring just nine skaters and one goaltender, scored its lone goal in the second period as Matt Hanley beat JDHS goalie Sam Post.
"We started out kind of slow, then started hitting our motivation," Hanley said. "Then we started getting tired."
Up 6-1 after two periods, Juneau-Douglas iced the game with three goals in the final 1:17 of play. Freshman center Eric Verrelli ended the game's scoring by firing a perfectly placed wrist shot above goaltender Tyler Bethune's glove.
"He got it up there," JDHS senior Evan Wood said. "That was a good freshman starting goal."
A big key for Juneau-Douglas proved to be on the power play. The Crimson Bears converted 2 of 4 chances with the extra man.
"The power play did a great job," McKenna said. "We've been working on that in practice so that's pretty rewarding."
Juneau-Douglas received a terrific game on the blue line from defensemen Kacy Carlson and Chris Klawonn.
Carlson, the Bears' captain, scored the game's first goal by keeping a loose puck in the offensive zone and shooting through a screen. Klawonn, a junior, added three assists in Friday's win. Both players are three-year veterans of the program.
"It helps a lot," Wood said of having experienced players. "Hockey is different than any other sport in that game experiences makes the biggest difference. Experienced players make all the differences so it's always good."
Juneau-Douglas will fly to the Kenai Peninsula for four games starting Wednesday with a contest against Kenai Central. The Crimson Bears will then drive south to Homer for games against Delta Junction, Glenallen and the Mariners in the End of the Road Classic on Thursday through Saturday.
Juneau-Douglas 9, Nikiski 1
JDHS 4 2 3 9
Nikiski 0 1 0 1
First period 1, JDHS, Carlson 1 (unassisted), 13:39. 2, JDHS, Good 1
(Carlson), 11:44. 3, JDHS, N. Ainsworth 1, (A. Ainsworth), 2:23. 4,
Svensson, JDHS 1 (Klawonn), 1:09. Penalties Chapman, JDHS (checking from
behind-misconduct), 9:37; Klawonn, JDHS (hooking), 6:43.
Second period 5, JDHS, A. Ainsworth 1 (Miller), 6:37 (pp). 1, Nikiski, M.
Hanley (Thompson), 3:01. 6, JDHS, Miller 1 (Klawonn, Svensson), :27 (pp).
Penalties O'Brien, Nik (elbowing), 7:36; O'Brien, Nik (slashing), 1:48.
Third period 7, JDHS, Miller 2 (Mow), 1:17. 8, JDHS, Wood 1 (Chapman),
1:02 (pp). 9, JDHS, Verrelli 1 (Klawonn), :35. Penalties Miller, JDHS,
(misconduct-inappropriate uniform), 14:21; Wood, JDHS (high sticking),
12:37; M. Hanley, Nik (hooking), 10:59; O'Brien, Nik (hooking) 1:06.
Shots on Goal Juneau-Douglas 14-7-15 36. Nikiski 3-7-5 15.
Power-play opportunities Juneau-Douglas 2 of 4; Nikiski 0 of 3.
Goalies Juneau-Douglas, Post 3-6-5 (15 shots-14 saves). Nikiski, Bethune
10-5-12 (36 shots-27 saves).
Juneau-Douglas 5, Nikiski 0
JDHS 0 2 3 5
Nikiski 0 0 0 0
First period No scoring. Penalties Peterson, Nik (high sticking) 7:52;
O'Brien, Nik (interference), 1:55.
Second period 1, JDHS, N. Ainworth 2 (Mow, Woodby), 10:53. 2, JDHS, Mow 1
(Woodby), 3:01. Penalties O'Brien, Nik (hooking), 8:32; N. Hanley, Nik
(slashing), 3:13; Mayer, JDHS (interference), 3:13.
Third period 3, JDHS, Woodby 1 (Mow), 14:39. 4, JDHS, Good 2 (Mayer),
3:54. 5, JDHS, Eames 1 (Held), 2:43. Penalties N. Hanley, Nik (slashing),
Shots on Goal Juneau-Douglas 6-8-8 22. Nikiski 6-8-5 19.
Power-play opportunities Juneau-Douglas 0 for 4; Nikiski 0-0.
Goalies Juneau-Douglas, Cheeseman 6-8-5 (19 shots-19 saves). Nikiski,
Bethune 6-6-5 (22 shots-17 saves).
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