Hockey Team Skates at State Thursday

    The JDHS Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears hockey team will play Palmer at 7 p.m. Thursday in the state tournament at Wasilla's Menard Sports Arena. The game will be live-streamed on the NFHS network. (Klas Stolpe)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé Crimson Bears hockey team will begin play Thursday in the 2022 ASAA First National Cup Hockey State Championships against the Palmer Moose at 7 p.m. at Wasilla’s Menard Sports Arena. The game will be livestreamed on the NFHS network.

      “It was humbling,” JDHS coach Luke Adams said from a practice session at Menard Arena Wednesday. “To think that this was the last practice of the season.”

      On the Crimson Bears side of the bracket is a 1:30 p.m. game between No. 7 North Pole and No. 2 Kenai.

      The other half of the bracket features an 11 a.m. game between No. 4 Soldotna and No. 5 Homer and a 4 p.m. match between No. 1 Houston and No. 8 Monroe.

      “I am excited for these kids,” Adams said. “We have as good of a chance right now as anybody to compete here and what we have to do is just be ready to go and believe in each other and go out and play the games of our lives… and see what happens… I’m pretty confident our kids will step up to the plate and at least give them a good game… For me I’m just so grateful that the kids have the opportunity to play in the state tournament, and if I know one thing about this group it’s they are not going to take it for granted… They had to earn it and I do think they did.”

    Above - JDHS senior Joey Meier (2) battles with Houston's Brody Richard (3) and Daniel Matveev (6) in the Crimson Bears final game of the regular season, a senior night 3-2 overtime win. (Klas Stolpe)

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