The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears Varsity hockey team poses with Santa after sleighing the competition during the team’s weekend stint in Kodiak. (Courtesy / Judy Campbell)

The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears Varsity hockey team poses with Santa after sleighing the competition during the team’s weekend stint in Kodiak. (Courtesy / Judy Campbell)

Juneau hockey team takes home the win in a battle of bears

The team headed to Kodiak for weekend games

This past weekend under Friday night lights the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears Varsity hockey team went head to head with the Kodiak High School hockey team, and according to head coach Matthew Boline, the team not only bested the rival bears but also bested the cold, outdoor-like weather of Kodiak rink during the outdoor game taking home a 9-1.

“They play in a covered outdoor arena with no walls so it is like playing outdoors with the wind and cold,” Boline said. “Between periods teams have to stay on the bench in the cold wind blowing off the Gulf while the ice is re-surfaced.”

According to Boline, even with the cold, the game started up hot with junior Caden Johns scoring early in the first period followed by a second score only minutes later.

That energy carried on as Johns assisted a top corner goal by sophomore Harris Monsef and again, now just 30 later, another goal followed by senior captain Lake Bartlett who scored the last goal of the first period putting the team in a 4-0 lead with two more periods still to go.

In the second period, senior Karter Kohlhase added two more goals to the team lead followed by another from sophomore Dylan Sowa and yet another by senior assistant captain Anna Dale, finishing out the period with a whopping 8-0 lead.

However, according to Boline, in the final period, Kodiak came back strong and after 14 shots and three power plays the team secured its first and only goal of the night, the one shot on net out of 25 to make it past sophomore goalie Caleb Friend.

The last goal of the night was by none other than Kohlhase to finish out the night with a hat trick.

According to Boline, the team took home a win Saturday night along with the junior varsity also winning their game Saturday morning.

The team’s next home game is scheduled for Dec. 16 and 17 against Wasilla.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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