Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears hockey team tied defending state champion Homer on the Mariners home ice 2-2 on Thursday.
“It was a good game,” Crimson Bears coach Luke Adams commented. “We went up two early in the game and as the game progressed it kind of equaled out. They got a few goals past our net minder and went into overtime. Getting a 2-2 tie, it’s not exactly what we wanted but we can sleep on it and get better for tomorrow.”
Both Crimson Bears goals came in the second period.
Senior Sam Bovitz scored with an assist by classmate Fin Shibler with 9:40 remaining and Shibler scored with an assist by senior Andre Peirovi with 6:31 remaining for the 2-0 advantage.
“We just look at, and really put a focus on, hard work goals that are just players not trying to be fancy,” Adams said. “But just working hard to get to the front of the net. We call that the dirty areas of the ice which usually means they are going to get hit by the other team when they are there. And that first goal was big by Sam (Bovitz) to break us up 1-0 and then soon after Andre (Peirovi) made a few great plays to beat about three defenders and, instead of taking that shot, he passed it over to Finn (Shibler) and he was able to tap it in. That was a good momentum start but Homer came back with some vengeance later on in the game and that overtime period didn’t allow the game to be decided.”
Homer’s Casey Otis scored with 21 seconds left in the second period with assists by Kazden Stineff and Hunter Green. Homer tied the game with four minutes left to play in the third period on a goal by Micah Williamson unassisted.
The teams were scoreless in the eight minute overtime period.
“Good for a conference game,” Adams said. “Good to have that overtime experience because when they happen throughout the season it is good to know what that pressure is. We are okay with this result. We’ll just reset and go at it again tomorrow and try to get the victory.”
Crimson Bears sophomore goalie Mason Sooter stopped 24 shots and Mariners goalie Keegan Strong 32.
“It was back and forth,” Adams said. “Both goaltenders made some good saves. At the end of it we took a few penalties that kind of killed some momentum that we would like to have back but that is all part of the process in learning how to play three periods of hockey.”
JDHS senior Joey Meier had a hooking penalty, junior Brandon Campbell and senior Dylan Murdoch were called for interference, and senior Colton Johns was whistled for roughing. Homer’s Sam Banks was called for hooking and Cody Thomas roughing.
“Right now it’s early enough where we are still figuring out some of our special team, power play and penalty kill situations when we have a man advantage or disadvantage,” Adams said. “And that kind of showed today. We had a few opportunities on the power play that we can improve on. So we’ll draw some of those up and work on them in practice but also talk about those tomorrow during the day to see if we can make some improvements. But also our pressure all over the ice including our checking, we can improve on that to make the game more physical. We feel like we can be a physical team and we have a lot of good team speed that we probably didn’t utilize as much as we could today.”
The Crimson Bears play at Homer again tonight and at Kenai on Saturday.