Crimson bears skate over viking warriors
JDHS senior Joey Meier (6) and junior Anna Dale (24) work for a puck against Tri-Valley’s Cordell Randall (12), Wyatt Juszack (35), Mike Renshaw (74) and Josh Renshaw (37) during the Crimson Bears 6-2 home win on Tuesday.
Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Hockey Team got an unexpected first goal that reignited Crimson Bears enthusiasm and highlighted a 6-2 win over the Tri-Valley Viking Warriors on Tuesday at Treadwell Arena.
“Tommy Pearson, who is normally a JV player, got a call today,” Crimson Bears head coach Luke Adams said. “So he scored his first goal, and it was quite special. It was the first that happened tonight. It was pretty good to see that emotion coming out of him but also of all his team-mates. First goal of the match , the first varsity goal of his career. He’s only been playing hockey for a few years, but for me it was important, mainly because it showed the relationship these kids have with each other. They were as happy as they were. it marks that they would be for themselves.”
Tri-Valley sophomore Chris Grahm had scored the game’s first goal just over a minute into action, assisted by sophomore Miranda Kimmel and junior Josh Renshaw, and Juneau-Douglas seemed momentarily lethargic.
That all changed when Pearson’s shot came in with 9:46 left in the first period.
“It was amazing,” Pearson said. “I was just happy to be able to make some noise for the team, to get us started today. And I think the team really capitalized on that and kept going. I started skating my freshman year and it’s like everyone I’ve skated with. And it’s just an honor and amazing to finally skate with them. These seniors are so amazing. I entered my freshman year when they were in sophomore year and I had never played hockey before and they were so supportive and made my hockey experience so great.
That experience was enhanced by the goal and the celebration that followed which included the setters, junior Lake Bartlett and senior Dylan Murdoch, who said the goal inspired the team.
“Oh, that was awesome,” Murdoch said. “The team was delighted. It was amazing to see that. »
The Crimson Bears scored four goals for the Viking Warriors in the second period.
Murdoch scored at 9:02 with the help of junior Anna Dale and senior Joey Meier; senior Fin Shibler scored at 7:23, assisted by senior Andre Peirovi and senior Sam Bovitz; Dale scored at 7:11, assisted by juniors Karter Kohlhase and Meier; and second Sonny Monsef at 4:15, assisted by senior Cody Kesselring and second Camden Murdoch.
The raucous crowd of red-and-black-clad fans, including five shirtless boys, each with a letter that in a cohesive unit spelled “BEARS”, raved about every pass, check and score throughout the game.
“It’s fun,” Dylan Murdoch said. “We had a lot of shots, just having fun there. It’s great to be able to have fans again. The energy is good. Everything in the locker room and outside is just great. It’s great to have everyone back.”
Tri-Valley senior Cory Stickle added the Viking Warriors’ final goal at 9:25 of the third period, assisted by Renshaw and second Jack Wahlin.
JDHS junior Brandon Campbell scored the final goal for the Crimson Bears at 6:03 of the third period, assisted by S. Bovitz and Shibler.
Crimson Bears freshman Caleb Friend and junior Ian Murphy stopped five of seven shots. Viking Warriors sophomore Wyatt Juszack stopped 43 of 49 shots.
“The youngsters came out and struggled a bit in the first half but calmed down in the second,” coach Adams said. “And once we got moving, we were pretty hard to stop today. Good things happen when you keep the game simple. That’s what we preached and hope the kids take away this from today. Tri-Valley is such a hardworking team. It’s hard to play against (them), no matter what. They don’t have the deepest bench or the most numbers, but at the same time their work ethic makes it very difficult to play against them and that’s why year after year we love them going down because no matter what they give you a good game. They gave it to us today “Today. They kept working all the time. So a lot of credit to them. I think we just had a bit more depth tonight. We’re happy with that result. The kids are on a good run for tomorrow .
The Crimson Bears and Viking Warriors are scheduled to play at 3 p.m. Wednesday.